One of the biggest challenges facing new parents is broken sleep, night after night. Indeed, about one-third of babies will experience excessive disrupted sleep. Gentle parenting techniques may help in improving sleep patterns and offer an alternative to controlled crying /comforting. This is because gentle parenting aims to help build a secure bond between the baby and parent. The articles and stories on this page promote gentle parenting whilst addressing issues around babies sleep.
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Baby sleep articles and stories
Co-sleeping, is it part of bonding? 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 - or, where we all got the most sleep. Now there is a plethora of research about infant sleep and I find it fascinating to
Sweet Dreams – Pinky's top tips to help your baby (and you!) sleep better 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
In preparing your home for the arrival of your new baby, one of the most important decisions you may make is where and how they will sleep. Apart from obvious factors like having easy access to your baby for those middle-of-the-night feeds, many parents revel in decorating baby’s room and creating a delightful sleeping space. However before establishing a sleep space for your baby it is important to consider current safe sleeping guidelines. The guidelines provided by SIDS and
Helping Your Baby to Sleep Book 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. Many books explore sleep training without exploring the implications of this practice on the developing brain of a baby. But not 'Helping your Baby to Sleep'.
Read Your Baby’s Sleepy Signals By Elizabeth Pantley From The No-Cry Sleep Solution (McGraw-Hill) by Elizabeth Pantley 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. A baby who is encouraged to stay awake when her body is craving sleep is typically an unhappy, fussy
The Con of Controlled Crying 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’. A policy statement on controlled crying issued by the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) advises, ‘Controlled crying is not consistent with what infants need for their optimal emotional and psychological health,
By Pinky McKay 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. This doesn’t mean though, that annoying critics won’t undermine you and have you second-guessing yourself. So,