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Silentnight Baby Sleep Consultant Article: September 2019

16 Sep 19
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Top 3 tips for your newborn 

A newborn can bring a whirlwind of emotions and, if it is your first baby, a massive change to life as you previously knew it! Here are some tips to help you navigate this new life and create as much ease as possible.

  1. Ensure you are not allowing your little one to become overtired.  It is really important to watch your little one for tired signs and monitor how long they have been awake for.   Babies up to the age of 3 weeks only need approximately 45 minutes awake time.  From 3-6 weeks of age, you are looking at around 1 hour of awake time.  Once babies are 6 weeks old, the awake time increases to 1 hour and 15 minutes. From 9 weeks of age you can start to  implement a routine however awake times are still the most important factor so you would ensure your little one is awake for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  2. Use a swaddle to help replicate the tight feeling of the womb.  I prefer an arms down swaddle however if your little one has reflux, often an arms up swaddle is more comfortable for them.  Baby wearing is also a really effective way for your little one to feel secure and you can be assured this will not create bad habits doing this in the first 9-12 weeks.
  3. Don’t worry too much about how you are getting your little one to sleep in the first 9-12 weeks.  You are much better off using a pram or car or rocking or feeding your little one to sleep than allowing them to be awake for too long and becoming overtired.  By all means, you can attempt some mattress settling however if your little one is not responding to this, use any method necessary to get them to sleep. 

I hope these tips help to create an enjoyable start to life with your newborn. 

New Support Option Available for Families

I have recently launched a new phone consultation support option to help prepare you for your baby or to offer assistance in the first 12 weeks if you are having difficulty or just need some extra support and reassurance.  This package also includes a Newborn Handbook with essential information regarding sleep, feeding, environment, settling strategies and the use of sleep associations.  


If you would like some support on your parenting journey, feel free to get in touch with me for a chat at silentnightbaby@gmail.com or through my Facebook Page

I have also set up a sleep support group through my Facebook page that I would love for you to come and join: Silentnight Baby Sleep Support Group

or give me a call on 0417 532 402

Nicole xx

Silentnight Baby Sleep Consultant Article: August 2019

15 Aug 19
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Cry Based Sleep Training is NOT a Requirement

When people hear the term ‘sleep training’, the first image that may come to mind for a lot of people is that of a little baby lying in a cot being left to cry.  Or a toddler standing in the cot thrashing at the cot bars screaming out for mum or dad. 

Yes this is sleep training.  However that is one way and is quite an outdated practice from my perspective. 

Sleep training can also mean no crying.  Sleep training can also mean some crying but you being there to support your little one the entire time.  Sleep training can mean that you still pick your little one up and comfort them if they are upset.

All of these ways will help lead you to an outcome you are after when it comes to sleep being easier to achieve and does not have to involve your little one being left alone crying at all.

Sleep training actually refers to helping your little one develop the skills to be able to achieve sleep on their own or to be able to link sleep cycles.  This can be achieved in many ways and really can be achieved in a way that is comfortable and feels right for you and your little one. 

Let’s link the words assisting, teaching, guiding, supporting and gentle to the thought of helping your little one with their sleep, and then see how you feel about proceeding down the ‘sleep training’ path.


If you would like some support on your parenting journey, feel free to get in touch with me for a chat at silentnightbaby@gmail.com or through my Facebook Page

I have also set up a sleep support group through my Facebook page that I would love for you to come and join: Silentnight Baby Sleep Support Group

or give me a call on 0417 532 402

Nicole xx

Silentnight Baby Sleep Consultant Article: May 2019

17 May 19
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Awake Times and Naps

There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to help your little one achieve sleep. One of these factors is the amount of sleep pressure they have. This is where awake times come into play. If your little one’s awake times are too short, this will not give them enough sleep pressure to either fall asleep, achieve a long sleep or both. If your little one’s awake times are too long, this will cause them to be overtired and this will affect their ability to join sleep cycles and therefore the ability to achieve restorative consolidated sleep.

Ensuring your little one’s awake times are of an appropriate length is important at any age and, in particular, newborns up to the age of 12 weeks. A newborn that is overtired will often not cope at all and this will not only impact sleep but can also affect all elements including feeding.

The following table provides you with the age appropriate amount of awake times between naps.

Child’s Age Awake Time
12 weeks 1 hour 45 minutes
16 weeks 2 hours
5 months 2 hours 15 minutes
6-7 months 2.5 hours
7-14 months 2.5-4 hours
14-30 months 5-5.5 hours
30 months + 5.5-12 hours

Ensuring your little one is having the right amount of naps is also important as this helps to create the balance between the amount of day sleep and the length of their awake times.

The following table gives you an idea of how many naps you are aiming for based on your little one’s age.

Child’s Age Number of Naps
0-3 months 3-4 naps
3-6/8 months 3 naps
8-14/18 months 2 naps
14/18 months – 2.5/3.5 years 1 nap

 If you are having nap difficulties and would like to discuss some strategies on improving this, please get in touch with me at silentnightbaby@gmail.com or through my Facebook Page

or give me a call on 0417 532 402.

Nicole xx