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Supporting your children through times of change

New season, new routine

Earlier this month my baby boy turned 5 and started school for the first time.

Although it was super exciting, it was also nerve wracking for both him and us! The last few weeks have once again highlighted the importance of CONNECTION during times of transition. Change at any age, be it at 4 months or 5 years is synonymous with fear and anxiety. It often leads to bedtime resistance, increased night waking and early morning risings.

Inevitably, if your child is unable to express their fears and tensions throughout the day they will need to during the night.⠀⠀

“Connection” is the cornerstone of success and establishing trust and security with your child is the most powerful antidote for fear – which is essentially at the core of almost every sleep and behavioural difficulty.

The importance of connection

Your child thrives on having a close relationship with you. It is this relationship that allows them to successfully handle stress, upset and conflict in their everyday lives. Your child will actively seek out connection from you during the day and then often again overnight so they can feel safe and secure.

When your child feels disconnected, normally due a shift in parental energy and attention, your child’s sense of safety and connection is compromised. As a result, the thinking part of their brain (the pre-frontal cortex), shuts down and the limbic system (the emotional part of their brain) is unable to effectively coordinate all parts of the brain to maintain emotional equilibrium.

Often during period of disconnection your child may have spontaneous emotional release such as tears and tantrums/bedtime resistance and night wakings as this is their way of setting up a situation that will elicit an emotional release so that they can heal and recover.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

How can you support your child through a period of change?

▶️ Listen to tears and tantrums, let their feelings be heard. Be present with your children and let them cry to enable healing of past or present hurts. If you are always quick to stop your child’s tears, you may prevent your child from releasing their feelings and often these will be stored away in an emotional back pack– culminating in irrational behaviour such as tantrums, excessive crying and screaming at times when your child may be feeling distressed.

If you don’t support your child to release these tensions and feelings during the day they often surface overnight when a child is in an altered state of consciousness and is unable to exert the physical energy to keep those feelings repressed. They can then manifest themselves in the form of bedtime resistance, nightmares, night terrors, habitual catnapping and frequent night waking.
▶️ Put away any distractions and spend 15-20 minutes a day connecting with your child – this should be time completely for you and them and nothing else. If your child is old enough you might like to make a visual schedule that they can look at and you can have one for Mum and one for Dad. You can also brain storm for ideas about what you are going to do during the special time and also be clear where it is going to happen and and how long it is going to last.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
▶️ In our house we love incorporating a period of roughhousing in the lead up to bedtime. Contrary to what many parenting books say, we often do this after bath to help release any excess feelings of tension and stress that are apparent before we move into the calmer steps of our bedtime routine.⠀

▶️Role playing is also an effective way to create laugher and release fears. In the days before my son started school, we spent time dressing his teddies and he would pretend to be their teacher and then I swapped roles with him and he pretended to be a student alongside his teddies. This was really great as it helped to normalise the emotional struggle that he was facing in the run up to starting school and also helped him to feel more secure in face of uncertainty.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
▶️ Don’t rush your bedtime routine. Often children will release any fears/tensions in the moments just before sleep and it is really important you give them the space to do so.⠀⠀

Remember you don’t need to do everything at once, but just being aware of the importance of connection, especially during times of transition and change will make a huge difference to the way you interact and relate to your child making life much easier for you all.

If you would like any personalised support during a time of transition, you might like to book an SOS sleep-care call with me. I’d love to support you and provide tips for a holistic approach to supporting your child with their sleep.


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Busting the self-soothing baby sleep myth

Sleep training does not teach your baby to self-soothe.

Why?  Self soothing actually means to be able to “self-regulate” and in order to do this all three parts of our brain need to be fully developed.  Self-regulation is in fact a highly sophisticated skill which we are not able to properly do until we are in our twenties.

During the early years of our children’s lives it is our job as parents to be responsive to their needs and help them to co-regulate in stressful situations.  It is possible that a pre-schooler has some of the basic skills of being able to self-regulate their emotions but it is developmentally impossible for an infant or toddler to be able to do this.

Definitition of self-regulation/self-soothing

The definition of self-regulation is “The ability of an individual to modulate an emotion or set of emotions which involves the ability to calm ones-self when faced with a stressful situation or when in a state of high arousal. Emotional regulation typically increases across our lifespan.”

It appears that there is a mismatch between what our culture expects and what biology allows. For babies and young children, the skill of self soothing is a physical impossibility. It is as futile and unrealistic as trying to teach a six week old baby how to ride a bike.

So what can you do to help your baby to fall asleep independently?

Below are five ways that you can support your baby in their journey to learning how to fall asleep themselves.

  1.  Provide emotional co-regulation to your baby and your child. Let them borrow your thinking brain or “neo cortex” until theirs matures which will then mean they are able to rationalise and control the emotional part of their brain or “limbic system”.
  2. When putting your baby to sleep, ensure they are biologically ready for sleep. Keeping them up longer than they can cope with will mean their bodies will go into a stage of hyper-vigilence which may mean that they need a lot more help from you to be able to feel calm and go to sleep.
  3. Layer additional multi-sensory sleep cues such as singing, rubbing, stroking, essential oils, white noise or music with the main sleep cue they are reliant for for falling asleep. This will make it much easier to remove the main cue at a later date.
  4. Your baby’s individual temperatment will influence how easily they find it to settle independently. Ensuring you have a soothing sleep-time ritual and routine will help with a baby who doesn’t seem to like new people, places and things.
  5. Following a soothing bedtime routine – try experimenting by putting your baby down awake in thier cot.  If they protest pick them up, calm them in your arms and try again.  You can repeat this process as many times as you need to until they settle to sleep.  If that does not work, try again in a couple of days or weeks.

When will my baby learn to sleep independently?

It is our job as caregivers to help our children to co-regulate and to develop their own individual coping strategies without dependending on us. This is something that will happen according to their own inborn time line, as long as we provide a loving supportive presence for them to be able to do so.

Your baby’s ability to fall asleep independently will depend on several factors:

  1. Temperament
  2. Age
  3. Your pregnancy and birth
  4. Your level of involvement at sleep time
  5. Biological readiness for sleep

Aside from the suggestions earlier in this blog, I suggest that you ensure your baby has lots of age appropriate stimulation during the day.  This will help ensure they are biologically ready for sleep.

Be aware that crying once your child’s immediate needs have been met is a natural stress relief and healing process.  By supporting them to sleep in your arms, this helps them to release fears and tension.

If you would like some personalised holistic baby sleep support, I would love to help.  My consultations page talks through the different packages I offer, you can also follow my general sleep tips on Instagram.



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Sleep Regression or a Developmental Leap?

Sleep Regression and the tools to help you survive it!

When I set about writing this blog on the so called infamous infant sleep regression, my primary goal was to bring reassurance and hope that it is not all as bad as it is made out to be.

While it is not uncommon to see changes to your baby’s sleep patterns at various times during the first three years of their lives, it is worth noting that these periods almost always coincide with major milestones that are key to your baby’s developmental progress.

It would therefore be fitting to describe these so called periods as “sleep progressions” as opposed to ” sleep regressions”. But of course progression is far too positive and unlike regression it doesn’t really sell sleep books and miracle sleep products which claim to be the answer to something that is infact so normal and important for your baby’s development.

Interestingly, if you run a Google search on sleep regression it comes up with over 200 million hits but if you delve in to the evidence based literature on infant sleep, there is very little to suggest that sleep regressions actually exists.

Developmental milestones that can affect sleep

Yes it goes without saying that developmental milestones and leaps are a constant in the first three years of a baby’s life and even the slightest change in development such as learning to roll over between the ages of 4-6 months can cause sleep to become disturbed a lot or a little.  We can also see disturbances to sleep between the ages of 8-10 months when your baby is learning to crawl and stand and then again at 12 months when they begin to walk.  This is followed by yet another potential hiccup between 18-24 months as they grapple with their ever expanding vocabularly.

For a full list of the developmental milestones your baby goes through click here.

The main reason why you may see a so-called regression to your child’s sleep during these times, is because your baby, like adults, processes lots of new skills in their sleep. Their little brains are so busy working overtime perceiving, exploring and experimenting during waking hours they often have difficulty switching off when it is time to sleep. What’s more it is not uncommon for a baby who has gone without night feeds for several weeks to suddenly wake in the night in the need of a feed as the sugars in the form of oggliosaccarides found in milk provide vital food to fuel the developing brain.

During times of developmental changes it is also common for children to become progressively overstimulated and overtired throughout the day and at these times it is not uncommon for babies to wake more frequently at night sometimes for between one to three hours at a time. Neither is it uncommon for them to resist bedtime or naptime due to an overwhelming desire to practice their new skills (e.g rolling, rocking on all fours, standing babbling or talking)

This is widely prevalent and although not all babies will be affected by each developmental leap when their nights are disrupted it can some times last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

I would be lying if I said that these periods of developmental change are easy and why they might not last for ever when you are in the midst of a particularly challenging leap it can often seem like there is no end in sight to the continual broken nights.

6 proven ways to minimise the impact of developmental change:

ONE: Be mindful that periods of change are synonymous with an increase in fear and anxiety and your child might feel the need to release their upset and frustration more than normal. During these emotional outbursts it is really important that you are able to support your baby to release their tensions and their fears.  While it might be tempting to continually distract them with the breast or dummy, or by bouncing or rocking them, you are going to do them more of a service by listening to them and validating their upset. After all  baby who is able to release their emotions during the day is less likely to need to do so at night.

“Crying not only removes toxins from the body but it also reduces tension”

TWO: If you can see that your child is desperately trying to learn new skills such as going from standing to lying or rolling from their front to their back try and help them as much as possible to practice these skills during the day so they able to transition by themselves at night and are not so reliant on you to help them when they wake.

THREE: Awake windows are crucial when it comes to developing healthy sleep but even more so during periods of developmental change.  You may even find that your baby has been so busy during the day learning their new skills, that they need slightly shorter than usual awake windows by 10-15 minutes to prevent them from getting overtired and struggling to fall and stay asleep. For an idea of age appropriate awake windows you might like to check out my blog on the ideal conditions for naps or alternatively my blog on building healthy sleep foundations.

FOUR: Incorporating quality one to one time in to your child’s day, in particular anything that promotes laughter, is a brilliant antidote to the fear and anxiety that goes hand in hand with periods of rapid change and unfamiliarity.

FIVE: Optimise your child’s sleep environment to promote a calm and secure space. Ideally the room should be cool and dark with a temperature of between 18-20 degrees. You might also like to use pink noise to block out any external or household noises that could wake your baby.

Lastly, when your child is going through these major developmental milestones and you find that your intervention to help them fall back to sleep is required more than usual, remember that how you respond to their upset during the day will help set the tone in regards to how you respond to them at night. Rather than always going to them  and picking them as your first port of call try responding to them in a variety of other ways first such as speaking to them in soft reassuring tones or using gently touch and movement to help soothe them while you stay at their level.

Bearing in mind that every child is different and will react differently to developmental milestones, you may feel that you would like more support to help your baby sleep better.  If you would like more personalised holistic sleep suggestions, please do check out my individual sleep consultation packages.

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Sleep tips for your little ones on holiday

Holiday Sleep Tips

Holidays are an exciting and momentous time for everybody.  As with anything that involves changes and transitions, sleep can often be affected a little bit or a lot.

We are off to Italy at the end of this month.  Even though I may know a lot about sleep, I can assure you it doesn’t always mean I am immune to the  sleep hiccups that come with travelling!

Here are my TOP FIVE TRAVEL TIPS I will be using when I go away later this month to make every ones life that bit easier.

Comfort – Pack all your essential creature comforts that remind your child of their sleep space at home so you can recreate it when you arrive.

Familiarity – Put up photos next to your child’s bed so they feel safe even in a new space.

Block out that light! – Maintain a dark sleep environment and aim to cover up any chinks of light coming in through the windows, otherwise those cheeky holiday lie-ins might be a 5AM wakeup instead. I love and use regularly these brilliant travel blackout blinds by EASYBLINDS – they have two ways of attaching to your window which means the light has no chance of coming in.

Respect the routine – Stick to your sleep routines as much as possible.  Remember transitions and change are synonymous with anxiety.  Sleep routines are great, as they provide your child with predictability enabling them to feel safe and secure.

Practice using the travel cot at home: If you are going to be using a travel cot when you are away set it up at least five days before you go away. Have your child take naps in it so they get used to it in a familiar environment.

If you have found these tips useful and are soon to be taking off on your own personal vacation kids style,  perhaps you would like a personalised sleep plan for while you are away?  Book one of my 30 or 60 minute sleep SOS Troubleshooting calls and I can help put the ease back into travel for you.




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Holistic Sleep Coaching – What does it mean?

Holistic sleep coaching for babies

Any sleep-deprived parent will tell you that there is a wealth of information on the internet.  You can find all sorts of tips and tricks when you feel that your baby should be sleeping better.   It could be a myriad of articles, parent forums, sleep nanny’s or sleep coaches.  Here at Help Baby Sleep I talk about being a holistic sleep coach but what does that mean and what is holistic sleep coaching?

Put simply, a holistic sleep coach like me will look at the whole picture when it comes to helping you lay the foundations for improved sleep for both your baby and the rest of the family.  I use scientific evidence based research to build a bespoke plan.  The plan will be tailored for your baby and be appropriate for their age and stage.  We will then work together to implement it so that the outcome is a calmer and contented whole family unit.  You will have a sleep routine that is achievable and meeting  your needs.  I don’t advocate a “cry it out” or “controlled crying” method and I don’t promise super quick fixes but instead concentrate on putting a plan in place that leads to positive and sustainable improvements.

I wanted to share this testimonial which I received recently as I feel that it really brings to life the way that some new parents can be feeling at the start of working with me and how the holistic sleep coaching approach can help the whole family feel more confident and contented as a result of helping their child to have an improved sleep pattern.

Feedback on Emma from a Help Baby Sleep client

“I would consider the support Emma has given invaluable! We were heavily sleep deprived and it was affecting all areas and quality of life when we first started working with her. It feels like a lifetime ago, and a completely different me, now to look back on it.

Being a first time mum brings a lot of confusion I think anyway but I had reached a point where I felt the anxiety I was experiencing and chronic lack of sleep was darkening my experience of motherhood. I desperately wanted to feel like I could do the best for my baby and enjoy all of his magical moments!

How holistic sleep coaching helped

Emma helped me to believe in myself and my abilities. She helped me find my own confidence in supporting our baby and his sleep. Emma did this through her massive knowledge across so many areas of sleep and her calm understanding.  As she uses the holistic sleep coaching method, she didn’t promise miracles, and I didn’t need that! But she gave us a sleep plan that worked for OUR baby, constant advice and reading material along the way to support us. She would always offer more support on the phone if and when needed. She was flexible and we would tweak areas such as awake times if we thought it necessary.

Not once have I felt uncomfortable with any suggestions and I’ve never felt our long term or short term goals wouldn’t be achieved. Our baby now has two parents that have a confidence and consistent approach to night times and day sleep. I feel confident in approaching changes in sleep that lie ahead.

Now that we have finished, what has been the impact on our family?

It’s affected our whole family- we can take days out knowing they aren’t dictated by anxiety or nap worries. Night times we’re all getting the sleep we now need. Our baby is thriving and I have been able to go back to work feeling refreshed. I cannot recommend her enough.

My worries before were would she be able to make a difference knowing that I have read every book and article I could find and felt like I’d tried every approach I had come across, and would she be worth the money my maternity pay was going to struggle to afford! And our answer to both has been YES! Thank you for everything.”

Book your holistic sleep consultation today

It was wonderful to receive this testimonial and hear how much our service has helped the family.  I have worked with many families now with their own unique challenges.  I love working to support my clients to make more positive sleep outcomes.  This could support them with things such as night wakings, unsettled naps or early rising.

If you feel that you can recognise some similar patterns in this testimonial, please do get in touch.  I offer a free 15 minute call to discuss your needs.  I will then assess which would be the most appropriate support package for you.

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How to build healthy sleep foundations for your baby

Sleep is critical for our survival and mental wellbeing. As a parent we dream of being the best Mum or Dad that we can possibly can be, but unfortunately when we are not getting the sleep that we so desperately need, it becomes difficult to function at our best.

As a holistic sleep coach, I often meet parents at their wits end who are struggling due to lack of sleep. In this article, I am delighted to share some areas that you might like to look at before going down the route of age appropriate and gentle sleep training. It may be that some simple changes can be made which will help put the right sleep foundations in place for your baby which will have a positive impact on the whole family.

Healthy Sleep Foundations – What are they?

It is never too early to put healthy sleep foundations into place allowing your baby and yourselves to benefit from more restful sleep. Often by getting the foundations in place it helps to address not only your child’s physical needs but also their physiological, emotional and relational needs.

As well as helping babies to consolidate newly learned skills and experiences, sleep gives them the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate. Human growth hormone is also in released in the 4th stage of NREM sleep which ensures that babies are able to develop both physically and mentally.

When we focus on a baby’s sleep it is really important to be aware of what is developmentally normal for their age and also to develop an environment and bedtime routine that creates positive sleep associations as well as focusing on their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Create a Sleep Sanctuary

Ensuring that the space where your baby sleeps is peaceful and serene is really important when it comes to promoting better sleep. Ideally it should be calming free of clutter and lots of unnecessary toys and objects.

A couple of points whose roots are based in Feng Shui are the following:

Place your baby’s cot at the far end of the room away from the door but not in line with the door – it is also does not want to be next to the wall allowing for space either side and for the flow of positive Qi energy

Avoid any stimulating and aggressive images such as fast cars and wild animals as these will not enable your baby to calm – instead use photos of you and your family

For the walls decorate with pale pastel colours as opposed to bright primary colours.

Physical Wellbeing

It is really important when addressing your baby’s sleep to ensure that they do not have any health issues that may be preventing them from falling asleep and staying asleep.

It is key to make sure that they are not suffering from reflux, silent reflux, allergies or intolerances. If they are it is helpful to find a professional who can help you identify the cause of the symptoms.

If your baby is suffering from an inflammatory skin condition such as eczema it is worth remembering this often worsens at night when your baby’s cortisol levels drop. Keeping your baby at the right temperature and not allowing them to overheat is one way of dealing with this uncomfortable and painful condition.

Emotional Wellbeing

Optimal sleep is as much about your baby’s physical wellbeing as it is about their emotional wellbeing.  If your baby is fearful it goes without saying that they will struggle to fall asleep peacefully and then to be able to stay asleep.

As your baby grows, their emotional needs change and develop, the more opportunity you have to connect and reconnect with your baby during the day, the better they will feel from an emotional perspective.  If your baby for whatever reason is not able to communicate with you on an emotional level during the day, then it is likely they will wake more at night in search of reassurance and comfort.

Don’t forget the night time is a long time to be apart from your baby and therefore it is absolutely key that we take the time to emotionally communicate and connect with them during the waking hours of day as well as in the run up to bedtime.

Light and Dark Cycles

Use light to help set your baby’s biological body clock. Light helps the brain to communicate with your baby’s pineal gland.  It tells it to stop producing melatonin, which as a result let’s your baby know it is time to wake up.

Getting your baby up within the same half an hour window every day and exposing them to natural light in the morning can do wanders in helping to reset your baby’s body clock. In the same way, I recommend turning down lights and creating a dusk like setting in your home.  This can help send messages to the brain to begin the production of melatonin – the hormone needed to help your baby to fall and stay asleep.

Block out Light and Noise during the night

Just like adults when baby’s cycle through lighter stages of sleep particularly in the early hours of the morning external factors such as light and domestic noise can disturb your little one’s sleep.

Try using black out blinds and roll up towels to block out light from the doorway. You may also like to invest in a pink noise machine that will help mask external noise. Pink noise that is played continuously is great because it is soothing and can help mimic the sounds of the womb which in turn can help your baby fall asleep more easily and then stay asleep.

Watch the Awake Windows

Keeping an eye on your babies awake windows is critical for preventing them from becoming overtired. When your baby becomes overtired, their body goes into a state of hyper vigilance and starts producing adrenaline and cortisol. Although these hormones are critical for our survival, they do not aid sleep. In fact, cortisol is more powerful than caffeine when it comes to sleep making it harder for our little ones to calm and fall asleep and then to subsequently stay asleep. As a result, it often leads to frequent night waking’s and early morning risings.

Equally if you put your baby down to sleep soon after waking, they may not have sufficient sleep pressure to stay asleep and then fall asleep.

Examples of age appropriate awake windows may be:

0-12 weeks – 45 mins – 1-hour max

12-16 weeks – 1.15 mins – 1.30 mins max

17 – 25 weeks – 1.30 mins – 2 hours max

6-7 months – 2 hours max

7-8 months – 2-3 hours max

9-12 months – 3-4 hours max

Tired Signs

Watching for your baby’s-tired signs although not always easy is really important to prevent your baby from becoming overtired and then struggling to fall asleep.

Each baby is different in what they do when they become tired and also how quickly they go from being ok to overtired.  A few useful signs to look out for are the following:

Early Tired Signs: Yawning, rubbing eyes, fussing, glazed expression, waving arms and legs, quietening, going pale, red eyebrows, loss of coordination, loss of interest in what they are doing.

Late Tired Signs: Grimacing, back arching or stiffening of body when you pick them up, constant crying or screaming.

Ideally when your spot these early tired signs, you should try to reduce stimulation and start putting them down for a nap. If  they become overtired it often means that it could take  another 30 to 90 minutes before they are able to fall asleep again.

For those babies who do not display definitive tired cues, it can help to follow the age appropriate awake windows as detailed above.

It is also worth pointing out that often babies who are diagnosed with colic are often overtired and over stimulated as the symptoms are very similar.


Hunger and sleep don’t always go hand but particularly in the first three months if your baby is having trouble feeding it will inevitably affect their sleep. If you feel that your baby is feeding a lot or struggles to feed every time you put them to the breast then it is really important to seek the advice of a qualified IBCLC. They will be able to asses in detail what is going on and help with you your babies feeding technique which more than often will improve sleep at the same time.

Helping your baby to go to sleep with a full tummy might mean that they are able to sleep for longer. During the day it can often help to feed your baby after they wake from their naps as they will be more alert and able to feed better but at night it is perfectly normal and biologically appropriate to feed your baby close to putting them down to sleep.

If you are breastfeeding, evening breastmilk is high in tryptophan, an amino acid which is the pre-cursor to melatonin which will inevitably help your baby to feel sleepy and then to stay asleep.

Studies show that human breastmilk is a powerful form of “chrono nutrition” formulated to communicate the time of day information to babies which is why breastmilk plays a valuable role in the development of your baby’s biological body clock which does not fully develop until they are around 6 months old.

Dress Appropriately

Ensure your baby is comfortable for sleep times and it is important to dress them appropriately for the temperature of their sleep space remembering that the ideal temperature for sleep is 18-20 degrees. If your baby is too hot it can prohibit the production of melatonin causing them to wake more easily. On the other hand, being too cold especially in the early hours of the morning can also cause your baby to wake more often.

Sleep Associations

Ensuring you introduce your baby to positive sleep associations which are used at the same time as your baby’s primary sleep cue feeling sleepy are also helpful at helping your baby to build an association between a particular song or action and the feeling of feeling drowsy and falling asleep. It is amazing how over time if you use a particular song of lullaby at the same time your baby normally feels sleepy then your baby will come to associate the song with feeling calm.

As well as having a number of sleep associations you use in the lead up to bedtime it is also helpful to have a few that you can use before naptime too to help sign post the way to sleep. These will also help your baby to transition from the activities of day to be able to wind down and fall asleep.

Developmental Milestones

Sleep is not linear and even with the best will in the world there will be times when even the most relaxed and chilled out of babies struggles with sleep as a result of a development leap forward. During the first years of their life, babies go through numerous developmental changes all of which are positive as far as their progression is concerned but sometimes the collateral damage can be sleep. This is due to the fact that your baby’s brain is working overtime which often means they wake up more easily during the night and also because they are very keen to practice their newly learned skills as opposed to going to sleep.

Focus on your own wellbeing

How we are and how we feel when helping our little one to relax and be able to fall and stay asleep is also really important.  Imagine how your baby feels when you are holding her and she can feel tension and stress in your body.  Essentially, we are like a mirror for our children and our feelings and tension become their feelings and anxieties as well.

To help yourself relax try a couple of the following ideas:

Watch a film that evokes laugher – laughter is the best antidote to fear.

Run yourself a bath and allow someone else to look after your baby even if only for 30 minutes – otherwise if there is no one else around taking a warm shower with your baby can do wanders for helping you to calm.

Forego having to cook for the night and why not treat yourself to the detox kitchen or better still you might have friends who can organise a meal train for you allowing you to focus on getting rest.

Try journaling in the evening just before going to bed.  Often the very notion of writing down your worries and fears can help remove them from our minds.

Good luck laying those all-important sleep foundations

As you can see there are many different elements to consider when you want to help your baby to sleep better. Often it can be a case of making a few tweaks for a positive impact, but it can be overwhelming. I hope that this article has given you some manageable steps that you can implement at home.  If you would like to find about more about how I can help you and your family then please contact me here to book one of my sleep packages tailored to meet the needs of your whole family