Helping Children Deal With Anxiety

Helping Children Deal With Anxiety

How often in our busy lives do we look to our children and think how wonderful it would be to be a child again. An age that carries little to no real responsibility and appears void of stress and anxiety. The truth is, whilst there can be no argument that most kids have it pretty good, like adults they can all suffer from anxiety due to stress or fear at times in their small lives and to them it can feel very big and overwhelming.

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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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Travelling with Babies

Travelling with Babies
Few words are as likely to have parents breaking into a cold sweat as quickly as ‘travelling with babies’. From horrendous flights to limited food options to disrupted sleep patterns – holidays suddenly aren’t looking so fun once you have babies in tow. You’ll have to manage flight delays and foreign jarred baby food yourself, but I can give you a few pointers on some other things you should consider!
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A Tale of Two Families

A Tale of Two Families
An interesting flow-on effect of being a Certified Children's Sleep Consultant is the sheepish looks you get from people you meet at BBQs or parties when they 'confess' to 'still' feeding their baby through the night at the ripe old age of, say, 9 months "I know she should be sleeping through by now but I honestly don't mind feeding her" they'll say to me. And you know what I think? Great! Go for it! I'm not Miss Sleep Consultant Judgey Pants – do what works for you and your family!
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What is dreamfeeding? How do I do it? Will it work?

What is dreamfeeding? How do I do it? Will it work?
I get asked about dreamfeeding a lot. No one gets more advice (a lot being unsolicited!) than a mother who's baby is "still" not sleeping through. A common remedy is to try introducing a dreamfeed.  A dreamfeed is the term used for feeding a small baby very late at night (normally between about 9-11pm) with the aim of having the baby sleep a longer overnight stretch without waking up for more food.

For some people it can be a lifesaver; bubs goes down for the night around 7pm, mum then rouses her enough to feed her but not to wake her up fully around 10pm (before she goes to bed herself) then hopefully baby sleeps through until around 5am which means mum has enjoyed a blissful 7hr sleep.
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