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Do Bedtime Routines Really Matter?

Annette Faamausili, September 29 2019

What’s all the fuss about? Well believe it or not a good consistent bedtime routine can make all the difference to optimising your child's sleeping potential. Sleep Cues Children and babies need sleep cues or sleep triggers to prepare their bodies for sleep and surprisingly adults need them too. Each night before bed adults will follow a simple set...

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Cot To Bed Transition

Annette Faamausili, August 5 2019

So how can you make sure this inevitable milestone doesn’t turn into a bedtime disaster? There is no ‘right time’ to make the transition. Ideally you should try to keep your toddler in a cot for as long as possible but generally by the age of 3 is a good time. By this age your child will probably have dropped their day nap and is less likely to use...

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Things You Shouldn't Say To A Sleep Deprived Parent

Annette Faamausili, July 21 2019

The thing about parenting is that so many people have done it. And they are quick to offer advice that has worked for them. Unfortunately, every child is different and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for sleep issues. While you may have the best intentions when trying to offer comfort and advice to a sleep-deprived parent, there are just s...

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How To Navigate & Survive The 18 Month Sleep Regression

Annette Faamausili, June 3 2019

Congratulations! You have survived the newborn stage and your little one is well and truly on the path to being a toddler. All those sleepless nights have paid off, and you can look forward to more sleep… right? Hold your horses. If your child is nearing the year and a half mark, you may be in for some disappointment in that arena! At this age, num...

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The Soother Debate - The Pros & Cons Of Using a Dummy

Annette Faamausili, May 28 2019

As a parent, you are faced with an endless number of decisions involving the health and welfare of your children. Sometimes it is hard to know which is the right choice,especially if there are both negatives and positives to weigh up first! Giving your baby a dummy is one of those decisions.

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Helping Your Baby Deal With Change

Annette Faamausili, April 1 2019

Our little cherubs tend to throw us curve balls all the time. They are constantly experiencing change as they grow and learn new skills. So what about when external change comes into the mix? It can be nerve-wracking to make a significant change to your little one's routine, particularly when it is often difficult to manage any kind of routine at a...

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To Swaddle Or Not To Swaddle

Annette Faamausili, March 5 2019

The practice of swaddling infants has been around for thousands of years. There are even depictions of swaddled babies found in ancient Greece dating back 4000 years. And like many things that enjoyed a comeback in the 90s, swaddling made the cut! This age-old practice grew in popularity in the 90s when parents were advised to ensure babies slept o...

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The Pros And Cons of Camera Monitors

Annette Faamausili, February 4 2019

There is a growing trend amongst parents to utilise technology to help monitor their babies and toddlers. In particular, installing a camera monitor in a baby's room to make it easier to check on what your little one is up to. While these parenting aids can be handy in certain ways, are they impacting on our natural ability to tap into our maternal...

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Keeping Your Baby Cool In Hot Weather

Annette Faamausili, January 17 2019

Summer is an amazing time of year. There is lots of time to get out with the family and enjoy some sunshine filled adventures. But there are many reasons it is not so good for getting your little ones to sleep. The longer days can impact their melatonin levels and their ability to sleep, check out my blog HERE for further details, but the real issu...

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Managing The Midnight Dummy Runs

Annette Faamausili, October 15 2018

Dummies. They can be a double edged sword. They are a godsend for helping your baby settle, but an absolute nightmare if they constantly lose them in the night. You exchange getting up to settle your baby for getting up to put their dummy back in. Your sleep is still interrupted. If your baby is 6 months or older and having dummy finding issues, th...

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