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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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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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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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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Introducing Dr Caroline Hendry

Introducing Dr Caroline Hendry
We have an exciting announcement for The Baby Sleep Company community! We have secured Dr Caroline Hendry, Editor of the prestigious Development scientific research journal (Cambridge, UK) to bring us the latest in the scientific research that affects us as parents.  You wont find any irrelevant articles being reviewed here and the reviews wont be mind-numbingly boring - we promise! Trust me, with three kids and a business my attention span is amongst the shortest. Dr Hendry is an incredibly intelligent person but she's able to bring the science to the masses, which I love.
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