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The Rollercoaster of Real Baby Sleep

We (‘we’ meaning society) seem to think that baby sleep is linear. By that I mean we seem to think that it gets better as babies grow older. Or at least we believe it is static, ie. it won’t get worse again. The thing is, it’s not linear (certainly not in an upwards trajectory) and it’s not static. It goes up and down (mostly down in the first year). This is entirely normal and very, very common… Continue reading

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The Cry it Out Debate – Is it Safe, or Not?

So what do we know about the effect and efficacy of cry based sleep training based on current scientific evidence? The answer is ‘not a lot’. Continue reading

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VLOG: Is Feeding Your Baby to Sleep a Bad Habit?

It seems that ‘sleep trainers’ everywhere are fixed upon scaring parents away from feeding to sleep and feeding in the night. It’s commonly considered a poor sleep association, a bad habit or problematic. In this video I discuss this issue and tell you the truth! Continue reading

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The Self Soothing Babies who are not Actually Soothing Themselves at all

One of the top criticisms I get of my disdain for ‘experts’ who insist that babies should learn to ‘self soothe’ in order to sleep through the night is those who comment “but my baby DOES self settle and I’ve … Continue reading

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Self Settling – What Really Happens When You Teach a Baby to Self Soothe to Sleep

So many, parents and experts alike, advocate the idea of “teaching a baby to self settle” or “self soothe”. Self soothing is often referred to as the holy grail of baby sleep, once babies can self soothe, parents are told to expect … Continue reading

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A New Chapter – Announcing My New Book ‘The Gentle Sleep Book’.

I’ve really neglected this blog lately, sorry! I’m really hoping to start posting again regularly soon. The reason for my radio silence is I’ve been working on a new book and I am *so* excited about this one! It’s all … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Gina Ford – Author of The Contented Little Baby Book

Dear Gina, I was interested to learn of your latest book “The Contented Mother’s Guide” (via this Daily Mail article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2110738/Don-t-say-sex-ready-childcare-guru-Gina-Ford-tells-new-mothers.html). I haven’t read your book yet so am only commenting on what appears to be the press releases sent out … Continue reading

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Parenting Woes – Whose Problem Is It Really?

This post has been whirling around my head for more than a year now and I have debated whether it should stay there many a time, why? Because I know this post is going to be contentious, I can only … Continue reading

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