One of the biggest challenge facing new parents is broken sleep, night after night. About one-third of babies experience excessive disrupted sleep. Gentle parenting techniques work best in improving sleep patterns and offer a real alternative to controlled crying/comforting. Gentle parenting helps build a powerful, secure bond between the baby and parent. Articles and stories on this page promote gentle parenting while address issues around babies sleep.
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Baby sleep articles and stories
Five Co-Sleeping Myths Busted!
"We all want a good night’s sleep but when it comes to where your baby sleeps you are certain to get bombarded with advice. If you dare admit to co-sleeping you will be an especially vulnerable target. Of course, wherever your baby sleeps is your choice and as long as you provide a safe sleeping environment, it’s nobody else’s business."
Revised Safe Sleeping Guidelines 2012
A new campaign, launched by SIDS and Kids, seeks to raise awareness of the Revised Safe Sleeping Guidelines 2012. This revision includes the addition of a sixth guideline based on recent research on the benefits of breastfeeding in reducing the tragic loss of infants to SIDS.
Read Your Baby’s Sleepy SignalsArticle
by Elizabeth Pantley. Reading your baby's sleepy signals article highlights that a good way to encourage good sleep is to get familiar with your baby’s sleepy signals, and put her down to sleep as soon as she seems tired. A baby cannot put herself to sleep, nor can she understand her own sleepy signs.
Co-sleeping, is it part of bonding?Article
by Pinky McKay. When my own babies were small, neither social ideology nor wakeful babies caused me a lack of sleep – my babies slept snuggled up with me at night. My choice to co-sleep wasn’t based on research studies, it was simply ‘best practice’ for our family.
Sweet Dreams – Pinky's top tips to help your baby (and you!) sleep betterArticle
by Pinky McKay. Just like us, babies are individuals –and this goes for sleep requirements too. It may help (or not, if you are suffering from sleep deprivation) to realise that in most infant sleep studies, ‘all night’ is defined as five hours. If you are thinking that even five hours uninterrupted sleep would be a dream come true, there are some gentle strategies you can try to help your baby, and you, to sleep better.
The Con of Controlled CryingArticle
by Pinky McKay. Although many baby sleep trainers claim there is no evidence of harm from practices such as controlled crying, it is worth noting that there is a vast difference between ‘no evidence of harm’ and ‘evidence of no harm’.
Helping Your Baby to SleepBook review
by Jane Palmer. It was a pleasure reviewing this book. At first I though oh no not another book on baby sleeping - but this book is important. Anni and Beth explore the science behind baby sleep and attachment and the development of a baby's brain.