Sleeping Solutions

A baby’s sleep routine can cause chaos at home for Mum. Here is some information and advice about what helps to create and maintain healthy sleep routines, and what to do if nothing works.

Five Gentle Ways to Encourage Toddler Sleep

toddler_sleep With so many parenting books telling you how to get your baby to sleep, it comes as a shock when you reach the toddler and preschool years with one that still doesn’t sleep well. 25% of all five year olds are still waking during the night and this can cause a huge strain on the whole family. I had one of these along with a 3yo who takes forever to go to sleep each night. If you are lucky enough to get yourself a non-sleeper for a child, take heart, it is not going to go on forever, by the t...

Tips for Baby’s Sleep Routine

Try not to have tea too late. Say 5.00 – 5.30pm or earlier depending on the daytime nap schedule. A fussy baby at tea time often will reflect that they are tired. Start baby bedtime routine with a warm bath; try Johnson’s baby bedtime wash Followed by a gentle massage with Johnson’s baby bedtime lotion (see more massage tips below) Next always ensure some quiet time before bed, perhaps read a story or sing a song (the same quiet story every night...

Toddler Sleep Solutions

Childrens_sleep_needs On average toddlers need about 12-14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. When they reach about 18 months of age their naptimes will decrease to once a day lasting about one to three hours. On average the awake time of a child this age can be 3-4 hours for a 12-18 months on a 2 nap day, 4.5-6 hrs on a 1 nap a day. For 18-24 months 5-6 hours up before a daily nap and 2-3 years 5.5 – 7 hours before a nap. Recommendation 4 hours for bedtime after the end of the last nap. Many toddlers experienc...

Back to school and back to bedtime routine!

school-routine Summertime, and the living is easy - at least until we have to get the kids awake dressed and ready for school after a sweltering 40+ degree night. But if you are finding your kids are not getting enough sleep you are not alone. The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute found that 40% of children have a sleep problem in the first 6 months of starting school. With the most common reported difficulties being falling to sleep, waking in the night, and fear of sleeping alone.  And if you are f...

Establishing a Sound Sleeping Routine

baby_sleep-pattern In the first weeks of your baby's life don't worry too much about how much they are sleeping or how they are transitioning from awake to asleep. Newborns do not understand or respect consistent routines or obey stringent day-to-day guideline. You will need to submit to their unpredictability and avoid unreal...

Helpful Tips for Tackling Dust mites

dust-mites Do you suffer from hayfever symptoms? Have you or a family member recently been diagnosed with an airbourne allergy? Well this information is for you! Dust mites are one of the most common airbourne allergens. Dust mites eat the skin cells we shed and it’s their excrement we are allergic to. Gross hey! Dust mites live in all our soft furnishings. You can’t eradicate them but you can reduce the volume in your home.   Here are some simple things that you can do: ...

How Night Lights Help the Transition to Big Beds

personalised_night_light You know it’s time for your child to move to the big bed but you are nervous about making the transition. There are several things you can do to make it easier on your child. One of those things is to have a night light in your child’s room. A night light can provide comfort to your toddler especially if the child is afraid of monsters in the closet or is fearful of darkness. If your child has an active imagination and is often afraid that something or someone is lurking in darkness, this ca...

Infant massage and sleep

baby_massage Don’t you love that feeling when you’re all relaxed after a massage, and you feel like you could lie there and doze forever? Well with babies, not only is a massage relaxing, but all that extra stimulation, bonding and brain development is the perfect recipe for a nice long sleep. There have been many studies conducted with both full-term and pre-term babies, which have found that babies who are massaged by their parents sleep for longer periods than babies who are not massaged. The studi...

Natural Sleep Tips to help your child have a better sleep

sleep-tips A wakeful baby affects the whole family. As a parent, sleep deprivation builds up over time and your own ability to fall asleep can diminish. With so many sleep training techniques available it can be difficult to know where to start or what to try next. Here are some simple, gentle and safe techniques that can complement any bedtime routine and settling method. The ancient wisdom and energy systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians and yogic Chakras offer much in the way of supportin...