Expert advice on children’s sleep and a range of other parenting issues.

Postnatal depression - how it feels

Postnatal depression - how it feels

A personal account: postnatal depression.

If you’re anything like me, before I had my first baby, I used my time during pregnancy to read up on everything I needed to know about having a baby. I signed up to an email that gave me a week-by-week update on my baby’s development; I researched prams and car seats and bought matching furniture for the nursery; and I attended antenatal classes to learn all could about the impending birth.

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Sleep and postnatal depression

Sleep and postnatal depression

by Dr Caroline Hendry (PhD Developmental Biology)


The arrival of a new baby is supposed to be one of the happiest and most joyful experiences of our lives. Yes, it is exhausting, yes, it is rollercoaster of emotion, but by and large we’re brought up to believe that despite the pain, the tears and the frustration, having a baby is supposed to make us feel good. But what if it doesn’t?

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Will napping make my baby smarter?

Will napping make my baby smarter?

by Dr Caroline Hendry (PhD Developmental Biology)
Many studies have shown that sleep is important for learning and memory in adults1 - 5. During sleep, new experiences acquired during the day are integrated into our memory, providing valuable new knowledge to help us to navigate our ever-changing lives. But is the same true for babies? Could taking a nap enhance your baby’s memory, even helping them to learn? 

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Nightmares and night terrors

Nightmares and night terrors

by Dr Caroline Hendry (PhD Developmental Biology)

Night terrors. As if the phrase itself isn’t scary enough, the reality of dealing with a night terror can be frightening. Imagine you wake to a blood-curdling scream, your child thrashing around in the sheets; sweaty, pulse racing, glassy-eyed. Nothing you say or do can get through to them. That’s what it’s like to face a night terror, which affect approximately 5% of children in the Westernised world. But what are night terrors? What causes them and is there any way to stop them?

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Five newborn baby myths debunked

Five newborn baby myths debunked

As if having a tiny new baby isn’t enough to worry about, many new parents find themselves the recipients of a barrage of unsolicited advice that can be mildly annoying at best and damaging at worst. The Baby Sleep Company wants to BUST some of the myths that new parents often question themselves over. 

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Diary of a sleep deprived mother

Diary of a sleep deprived mother

4:12am: I peel my eyelids open and hold my breath while I look at the time on my iPhone. Yup. Hello 4's. Here we go again. What I wouldn't GIVE for a morning that started in the 5's! Those birds. Those flipping birds. Singing so early should be illegal. 

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Common sleep training mistakes: part two

Common sleep training mistakes: part two

We get contacted by many desperately tired parents every day who are at their wits ends and are looking for a miracle to solve their child’s sleep problem. When we ask them on their intake questionnaire what they have already tried to fix the problem at least 90% say that they have attempted some form of sleep training with no results. Often they are at a loss as to where they went wrong and honestly can’t see how their situation can be improved. In this special series, The Baby Sleep Company is revealing the common pitfalls of DIY sleep training. 

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101 reasons why your toddler won't sleep tonight

101 reasons why your toddler won't sleep tonight

It's been a long day, you haven't had dinner yet and you still have to pack lunches for tomorrow, deal with Mt Foldmore and, if you're really lucky, watch last week's episode of Parks & Recreation. But before any of that happens you have to accomplish the impossible: getting the toddler to sleep. The Baby Sleep Company proudly presents the definitive list of 101 delay tactics toddlers pull at bedtime. Do you have one you can add?

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Baby fed and held to sleep: a case study

Baby fed and held to sleep: a case study

When Rosie first contacted our team of baby sleep consultants she was anxious to say the least. She was almost certain that we would tell her that we can’t help her 7 month old girl Elke sleep at night if she wasn’t willing to leave her to cry alone and wanted to keep an overnight feed in – but that’s just not how The Baby Sleep Company rolls…

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Toddler waking in the night: a case study

Toddler waking in the night: a case study

When Angela first contacted us about her beautiful little girl’s sleeping issue she had hit rock bottom – she even said in her email “I’m ready to admit I’ve hit a dead end. I don’t know where to turn or how to break bad habits...” Little Miss A (pictured) had consistently great naps, she even self settled like a dream of an evening; but it was after she had gone to sleep at night that things got really tricky in their house…

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Sleep training at 8 weeks: our stance

Sleep training at 8 weeks: our stance

An article on a The New York Times’ blog was published this week and with a title like “Sleep Training at 8 Weeks: Do You Have the Guts?’ it was always destined to go viral. Having received comments and emails about it, seeing many comments across social media claiming that the article is about child abuse and finally a very popular gentle parenting expert baying for the blood of ‘sleep trainers’ I thought it was time to make our position on this article crystal clear.

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Common sleep training mistakes: part one

Common sleep training mistakes: part one

Most families that come to us with child sleep problems have tried some form of sleep training on their own and it hasn’t worked. They often feel like they have tried everything and think that it will take a miracle from us to get their little one sleeping soundly when really they’ve just had their own attempts derailed by one of the common mistakes that we see every day. The Baby Sleep Company is doing a special blog series on the common pitfalls of DIY sleep training. 

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Is melatonin safe for children?

Is melatonin safe for children?

by Dr Caroline Hendry (PhD Developmental Biology)

There’s no denying it, we live a fast-paced life. There’s everything from instant meals to instant tan and even instant drugs. We expect results, stat. So when it comes to falling asleep, it’s no wonder that a little tossing and turning has a lot of Australians reaching for a quick fix. One of the most popular sleeping drugs for adults is melatonin, and an increasing number of parents are also giving it to their children. But do we really know what we’re doing? And is it safe? 

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Do babies dream?

Do babies dream?

by Dr Caroline Hendry (PhD Developmental Biology)

The thought of babies dreaming is irresistibly cute. Where might their little brains take them at night? Perhaps flying over gushing waterfalls of sweet milk, or clambering over soft, warm skin that smells like Mummy. All that activity – the twitching, the eye movement, the sighs and exclamations – suggests something is going on. But can babies really dream the same way we do? And if they do dream, what are they seeing?

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Does screentime affect children's sleep?

Does screentime affect children's sleep?

by Dr Caroline Hendry (PhD Developmental Biology)

There are quite a few studies that report a link between screen watching and subsequent sleep patterns in children and teens2,3,4,5. The consistent conclusion from these studies is that watching a screen prior to sleep, whether it be TV, computer or any other type of screen can be bad for sleep. It may mean that the amount of sleep is less, and/or it might take longer to fall asleep. Importantly, if this occurs often enough, it may lead to increasing feelings up tiredness for months, or even years. 

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When can my baby sleep through the night?

When can my baby sleep through the night?

For a lot of sleep deprived parents, this is the $64M question! For every mum who has been blessed with a baby sleeping through without milk at 4 weeks there seems to be another who is feeding their 18 month old overnight and says that she still needs to. So when CAN a baby sleep through without being fed? When is it safe?

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Sleep training while keeping an overnight feed

Sleep training while keeping an overnight feed

Many parents put off reaching out to a baby sleep consultant because they worry that they will be bullied into cutting their baby’s feeds entirely overnight or simply think that it’s impossible to improve their baby’s sleep without doing so. This is flat out NOT the case. 

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What to do when your baby rolls onto their tummy

What to do when your baby rolls onto their tummy

From the moment a baby is born we are told about safe sleeping practices and rightly so. SIDS is possibly one of the scariest things a parent of a young baby faces, probably because it is silent, has no warning and happens when we are relaxing with our baby asleep. Sleeping a baby on her back is the first recommendation on the SIDS and Kids website and is the policy at most Australian maternity hospitals. 

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Will You Make Me Do Controlled Crying?

Will You Make Me Do Controlled Crying?

This week I received an email that made me cry. As you can probably imagine I receive a LOT of emails about child sleep issues and there are certainly a fair few who talk about previous experiences with other sleep consultants that hadn’t gone as they’d hoped. This was different though. This mama was broken. 

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Why is my Baby Crying?

Why is my Baby Crying?


A new baby can’t do anything for herself and relies totally on you to provide her with food, comfort, and warmth. Crying is the way she communicates that she needs those things, and how she ensures a response from you. You are hardwired for the sound of her crying to upset you – our species would have died out already if it didn’t bother us!

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