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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: July 2019

12 Aug 19
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5 reasons your baby needs consolidated naps

1.         If your little one is not consolidating their naps, it is very easy for them to have awake windows longer than they can developmentally handle.  This causes your little one to be overtired which elevates cortisol levels.  Once cortisol levels get too high, cortisol is then converted into adrenaline.  Adrenaline will cause your little one to have difficulty settling and resettling causing the vicious cycle of only achieving short naps to continue and can also cause issues overnight. 

2.         If your little one is only having short naps and not consolidating at least one nap, it can lead to multiple short naps through the day.  In an older baby, this can actually add up and cause too much day sleep.  This can affect your little one’s night sleep as they will not be tired enough to achieve a good length of sleep overnight.  It can also cause the final short nap to be too late in the day which then leads to issues settling your little one at bedtime.

3.         In consolidated sleep that is over an hour in length, many amazing things occur.  Short term memory is converted to long term memory, newly learnt skills are secured, pathways are made in the brain, emotions are processed and vision is sharpened. 

4.         Achieving a consolidated nap during the day attributes to ensuring your little one is achieving restorative sleep.  Unless there is a physiological issue, when your little one is consolidating a nap during the day and achieving quality sleep it will lead to improved behaviour when they are awake.  This allows them to enjoy time exploring and learning from their environment along with enjoying good quality time with you.

5.         The final reason is for your mental health! Any mum with a baby that does not achieve consolidated naps knows how tiring the day can be and how difficult it is to get anything done.  A consolidated nap is great for your little one’s development but is also a great way for you to get some housework done, have a shower or even just sit down and enjoy a coffee.


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: June 2019

18 Jun 19
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Top 5 tips for newborn sleep from a mother’s perspective

When it comes to newborn sleep, everywhere you look there is different advice on what will help your newborn sleep. Tips and advice are great however when you get conflicting advice, it can get confusing and overwhelming. This is just talking about the information you find online. The information from well-meaning people in your life and, sometimes even strangers, can be even more conflicting. This can create so much overwhelm for a new mum and the worst part, can make mum question her instincts. So much pressure!

This leads me to my top 5 tips for newborn sleep from a mother’s perspective. Read them and decide what tips resonate with you and any that don’t, disregard them! You are the parent – don’t underestimate the importance of your opinion.

1.            Trust yourself. Mums are so in-tune and connected with their little one that it is important to listen to what your gut instinct is telling you and make that important rather than making everybody else’s thoughts important. Getting some advice from family and friends is great however do not let it undermine what you feel is right for you.

2.            Newborn sleep is neurologically immature. This means that some newborns just won’t sleep well on their own and require a lot of assistance. This can be completely normal and the best way to deal with this is to roll with it. If your little one needs to be held in order to sleep, then baby wear. This gives you the freedom to move about as you wish whilst still assisting your little one with sleep.  If you just need sleep to happen easily, use the pram or car if it is a sure way to settle your newborn to sleep. There is no right or wrong just what works for you and what doesn’t.

3.            Avoid your newborn becoming overtired by following age appropriate awake times.  Keeping to awake windows as closely as possible avoids your little one becoming overtired. It is important to avoid your newborn becoming overtired as this makes their ability to settle to sleep and achieve a good length of sleep so much harder.

4.            You can’t create bad habits. If you enjoy lying with your newborn and having a nap with them, then do it! If you enjoy feeding to sleep, then do it! Take the pressure off trying to do everything ‘right’ and just do everything the way you want to and enjoy your gorgeous baby. The newborn phase, whilst can feel overwhelming and exhausting, does not last long. Enjoy it as much as you can. If something is not working, change it and/or seek external support.

5.            The house can wait! If you are tired, enjoying a cuddle, need a break etc. all of the housework can wait. It isn’t going anywhere so look after you first and don’t put so much pressure on yourself to have everything done. Trust me, I have 3 children and the housework is still there waiting – always waiting – it doesn’t go away! I don’t look back on the days when my children were little babies and feel glad that I kept on top of the housework. I look back at those days and feel glad that I have so many memories of enjoying time with my babies. So take a break from the housework and enjoy your baby!

Happy parent’s equal happy children so make that a priority and enjoy the journey of parenthood.


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