First things first...

This question needs some unpacking and the reason for this is that the marketing in parent-world is off the hook! 

There are some serious promises and guarantees thrown around when it comes to the latest and greatest parent hack or gadget that is going to solve the latest challenge in your home!

Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely here for many of the amazing products on the market. There are some incredible TOOLS available that really can assist us in our parenting.. but a tool is only as helpful as the person who is using it right? They are RARELY (I'd even say, never) the one-stop fixer-upper you need.

And in ALL honesty parents? YOU are the guiding light in your home! YOU are the one who can ultimately support healthy and restorative sleep for your tot! Don't give your power away to the latest gadget, instead invest in education and getting a Feel-Good Plan in place!

Anyway, back to night lights. While they won't be the one thing that magically fixes your toddlers sleep, they are a fantastic TOOL to support it.

So in order to answer this and provide you with plenty of actionable advice I've broken this down into a few sections:

  1. The Holistic Sleep Code - our first steps for healthy sleep
  2. How night lights can help your toddler
  3. Our night light recommendations

So, let's get to it! Below are some tips from our Holistic Sleep Code which I cover in detail with all my 1:1 client consultations! These will help you to work towards establishing the foundations for healthy sleep! 

The Holistic Sleep Code

DARKNESS


As a general rule of thumb, the darker the room the better when it comes to napping, bedtime settles and sleeping to a reasonable hour in the morning (which is anything between 6.00am and 7.00am in my opinion). Be aware that the summer months in particular will increase the level of light in the bedroom which can be too bright to support healthy sleep.


Ideally, we want 80 - 90% darkness in their consistent sleep space. Darkness helps the body to convert serotonin (the awake hormone) to melatonin (the sleep hormone). When we work with the body's natural system we ensure sleep is more easy to achieve. 


It may be worth installing block out blinds such as the Sleepy Sundays or pinning up a dark sheet/blanket over the windows, heck even Al-Foil will work (just don't leave it up long term as it can damage windows).


Now, here is a REALLY hot tip that is over-looked often. The use of screen time prior to sleep. I recommend ditching the screens at least 2-hours prior to bedtime. Your House Rule could be "TV is off after dinner". Use this time instead for quiet play or a walk around the block. Whatever you do we are aiming to calm your child's nervous system and prepare for sleep.

WIND-DOWNS

I highly recommend establishing consistent calming wind-downs prior to bedtime. Some toddlers require a longer wind-down, while others are okay with something a little shorter. Start with 15 minutes for a few nights before changing it up! 


Wherever possible, allow your toddler some choice around their bedtime routines e.g. which pair of PJ's to they want to wear tonight? Do they want to do teeth or toilet first? The boundary is still there as they HAVE to wear PJ's and they HAVE to do both teeth and toilet, but you've allowed for development of autonomy and independence by framing choice-making and going with it.


Your wind-down might include 2 books, 1 nursery rhyme, 5 kisses and a cuddle goodnight! Whatever it looks like, keep it consistent (remember if you give an inch, they'll likely take a mile and everything in between!) 


I recommend taking your time with this process, your toddler is about to be separated from you for the evening so those last moments of connection are really essential for settling well to sleep and remaining that way overnight.

TEMPERATURE & BEDDING

If you notice a waking around 3.00am this could be linked to feeling cold. The core body temperature drops to its lowest around this time, which also coincides with the overnight low outside. So ensure your toddler is layered well in natural fabrics like cotton and that bedding is clean and fresh too! 

A SLEEP TOY/COMFORTER/LOVEY

Whatever you call it in your home, if your toddler doesn't have one, now is a great time to introduce it! Building an attachment to a favourite soft (and safe) toy will help to create a positive sleep association. It also provides an attachment to something in addition to Mum or Dad so overnight your toddler can snuggle it and re-settle back to sleep more comfortably. Foster this attachment by including the toy in role play, fun activities, taking it in the car and by playing silly games.

Right, let's get onto the topic of Nightlights!

What you've all be waiting for and I'm keeping it straight-to-the-point-simple!

As mentioned, these will not be the magic fix for sleep in your home BUT they are most definitely one of my top recommendations for helping toddlers sleep-soundly and obviously part of our incredible Holistic Sleep Code!

Nightmares and fears of the dark start to appear from around 2 years of age when the wonderful world of imagination begins to develop! And boy, can those imaginations run wild! Nightlights are a fantastic addition to a sleep space by providing extra comfort when things go bump in the night. 


Introducing a warm colour (I only recommend red or orange) night light can provide an additional layer of security and safety for your child overnight. Red light does not seem to inhibit the production of melatonin like other types of light can, however, it is still important to ensure that it is not in a place that is going to distract them from sleep - so the further away the better.

Do you need the latest gadget that costs the earth? Honestly, no! You absolutely do not!

You can use literally anything dull and warm-coloured but if you're after specifics, read on!

My Night Light Recommendations

Alright team, that's it in a nutshell!


Night lights can absolutely support healthy sleep, but they most definitely will not be the magic wand fix, especially if there are other factors at play.


If you're struggling with bedtime battles, overnight partying and early rising let's chat! I have a Complimentary 15 Min Chat so I can get to know you and your current sleep story before locking anything in! Or take a look at The Toddler Sleep Guide - this thing will definitely get you on your way to better sleep!


All my Feel-Good Vibes!
Courtney

To Dummy or Not to Dummy!

The age-old question that raises many opinions in parenting world!

Some parents are all for it, others are not. I personally recommend to my clients to do what Feels-Good, this is your family so these choices are up to you! Do a bit of reading, (from trusted sources like right here), then stand confidently in that!

So, dummies what are they actually good for?

Well, sucking is one of the best tools you can use to help calm and soothe your baby in the early weeks and months. It turns on the calming reflex, lowers heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels (and not just for baby either, let’s be clear!)

Dummies also provide a non-nutritive association, which means if baby doesn’t need to feed, offering a dummy will still help to induce calm and sleep. 

It’s also known to relieve some types of pain, help with reflux and reduce the risk of SIDS. 

If your baby has been diagnosed with reflux, offering the dummy will help produce saliva which can aid in soothing the throat, as well as relieving the symptoms.

We also rate them as a positive sleep association when used safely and effectively, especially when your little one has learnt to find and replace it all on their own (which can happen from around 7 - 9 months).

What type of dummy works best?

It can take a few attempts to find the right type for your little one. I generally recommend the cherry-shaped ones are best as they can rest in baby’s mouth without falling out as easily meaning there are far less chances of having to replace it upon waking.

PLEASE NOTE – Ensure whichever dummy you use is a transparent rubber ONLY - these won’t deteriorate or release yucky chemicals over time! 

Let’s cover some of the big DUMMY DON’TS!

A wee bonus tip: If you want your baby to be able to take a bottle I’d recommend offering it daily around the same 4 week mark. I personally loved having the flexibility of being able to pop out and know I didn’t have to rush home in time for the next feed. Plus, it’s really special for your partner to be able to bond and get involved early on – but as always, do what feels-good for your family! 

Now for the DUMMY DO’S

So, can your baby sleep with a dummy? 

Absolutely they can! In fact, if your little one happily takes it I recommend keeping it for those first 4 - 5 months! If you prefer to keep it longer, then go for it!

As always, do what Feels-Good for your family and should it all become a little too tricky we are here to help you back on track! Our Sleep-Soundly Method is a game-changer, we work towards healthy sleep while continuing to build a beautiful secure attachment!

You can check out our packages or book a free initial call

Can't wait to chat!

Your End of Day Light Savings Plan

To Prepare or Not To Prepare, that is the question!

Along comes the end of summer and with that the end of daylight savings. Ugh, it can be such a cringey time for us parents, especially if we have an early riser in the house. But I promise it's not the end of the world for your little ones sleep, this blog will cover the ins-and-outs of the daylight savings transition!

But first, it's important to understand that the adjustment is not just about a time change. As you are likely to be learning quickly, the circadian rhythm is regulated by food, light and social interaction. This means there will be a bit of a shuffle to the timings of your entire routine, including meal times and when your little one is exposed to light.

So what do we need to consider?

You need to take your child's temperament into consideration first and foremost. Some children will adjust with very little difficulty, while others who are a little more sensitive (especially younger babies) may benefit from a more gradual approach.

You need a plan!

We all know daylight savings is going to happen, so relaxing into this transition is key! Keep your expectations realistic, there is likely to be some over-tiredness and unsettledness experienced.

Like with any body clock adjustment try to keep your usual wind-downs consistent during their usual bedtime and nap routine. You may find your little one needs a bit of extra distraction and support with settling or re-settling to sleep!

Try not to worry if sleep is taking a little longer to achieve. Staying calm and consistent can really help your baby to feel secure and provide less resisitance when things feel a little different.

Always ensure the sleep environment is on-point, if you're not sure about this check out our blog on 5 Ways to Improve Baby Sleep

What are your options?

Option 1 - Prepare

Preparation involves adjusting your baby's routine between 4 - 7 days before the clock change.

This can be done in increments of 15 - 20 minutes each day or every other day - whatever suits you and your baby best. The choice is yours!

This technique works on gradually adjusting your baby's body clock which will reduce the chances of baby becoming too overtired in the process.

Check out the table below, this is based on a 7 - 7 routine so make adjustments based on your current routine!

Option 2 - Whoops!

Didnt realise the clocks were going back until it was too late? It's all good! This preparation pattern can work AFTER the time change just as well!

The other option is to just go ahead and rip the band aid off and get stuck into the new time change with no preparation. This approach is best saved for those easy going temperaments out there.

So go forth and slay the end of daylight savings in your home!

If you're little one is experiencing early morning wakes, that then become even earlier reach out for a Free Call! We are here to help you guys nail a balanced and restorative sleep situation in your home, Our Sleep-Soundly Strategies are designed to ensure you and your little one feel good as you work towards your sleep goals!

As much as we WISHED they would hold onto those day naps until they turned 21, it’s just not going to happen! In fact, holding onto the naps, or allowing them to sleep too long when they still need that nap can and WILL create the dreaded bedtime battles. Ugh. 

So, let's first let’s define “toddler” so we can provide a more accurate picture as we go!

Little ones between the ages of 1 and 3 are considered to be toddlers, how fast does that happen! From little burritos in a blanket to full blown autonomy in the blink of an eye. We love it really, but especially when they are asleep!

So, let’s cover sleep needs for the 12 – 18-Month-Old kiddos first!

In this age group you are looking at around 2 - 2.5 hours of day sleep and 11 - 12 hours overnight!

Between 12 months and 15 - 18-months we absolutely recommend continuing with a consistent 2 nap routine and a bedtime of around 6.30 - 7.00pm.

As we know sleep supports growth, development and helps with attention, concentration and behaviour, so if naps are dropped too soon, you may just find yourself back-peddling quickly!

Bear in mind the 12-month sleep regression can bring about some nap refusal but this isn't usually the time to drop the morning nap just yet. Continue to offer both and within a week or two things will settle into place again.

What nap timings are best?

Well we recommend these naps to be around 9.30am and 12.30pm. The first nap of the day can be short (30 minutes) followed by the long lunch nap of 2 hours.

Keeping the morning nap short and the lunch nap long means the transition from 2 – 1 is a lot easier! You are far less likely to see significant sleep distruptions (you're welcome!)

You can download our Free Feed & Sleep Routines in our shop!

Let's chat about the 18-Month - 3-Year sleep needs!

The transition from 2 - 1 nap can be tricky to navigate, but once you're through it you should see your little one sleeping approximately 2 hours during the day around 12.30pm - 2.30pm and achieving a beautiful 11 - 12 hours overnight.

The secret to nailing this nap is to ensure that it doesn't go too long OR too late in the day! If your toddler is to do either of those things, bedtime battles will ensue and overnights will become a bit of a nightmare!

As your toddler gets closer to 3-years-old the more likely they will need to ditch the nap entirely, or cap it to no longer than 1 hour before ditching it.

Essentially the closer to 3-years your toddler gets, the more we question: To Nap or Not To Nap?

How do you know when your child is ready to drop it?

There are a few things to look out for:

How do you know to keep it? Well, exactly the opposite, if you are not noticing any sleep disruptions, hold onto it! Don't change a thing, that's a great chunk of you-time in the middle of the day so seriously give yourself a high-five!

Lastly, let's cover sleep needs for the 3 - 4 year olds!

As mentioned by around 3-years-old we usually would be seeing the back of that nap altogether but you toddler should be still be nailing nights with around 11 - 12 hours of sleep.

*WARNING* The final nap drop can be one of the roughest transitions for our little people so be prepared to ride a wild rollercoaster of emotions for up to a week while your toddler's body clock adjusts to this very long awake time! Keep your expectations super realistic over this time; perhaps offer dinners you know won't cause a meltdown and bring bedtime in earlier for a short time.

How do I recommend dropping the last nap?

I would first trim the nap to one hour. Once they are tolerating this, I wouldn’t suggest reducing it any further. Children are able to go into a deep sleep early in the nap so if we were to wake them earlier, we are more likely to make them super cranky! If capping it ends up fixing the sleep disruptions you were experiencing, keep it around a little longer! Remember to allow for at least 5 days to see changes.

When you find your little one fighting this nap, or sleep disruptions ensue, it's time to cold-turkey it!

In some instances and for some families it may work to offer the nap every second or third day for a couple of weeks before dropping it. Just bear in mind this can make the transition much longer and doesn't allow your toddler's body clock the chance to adjust or improve sleep in other areas.

Now this doesn't account for those times where they just fall asleep despite our best efforts to keep them awake. Always remember that even adults need a nap occasionally (due to sickness or even a busy day) so try to remember that we are raising humans, not robots. Sometimes they may just need a quick power nap to get them happily to bedtime.

If your experience is a bit less "Sleep-Soundly" and more "Mum, I'm thirsty", "Dad I'm scared" or "Can I sleep in your bed?" then book a free call. We support little ones from Newborn to Age 7, as well as children with medical diagnosis.

Or check out The Toddler Sleep Guide for a comprehensive DIY rundown!

Sleep Hygiene is a bit of a buzz word in Sleep Consultant world and for very good reason! Sleep Hygiene is the backbone for healthy sleep. When we set the stage for sleep, we take away some of the guess work (and hard work) surrounding settling and re-settling which means your baby or child up will be able to achieve longer more restorative sleep. Creating an optimal sleep environment and foundations can create a lifetime of healthy sleep!

What can we see as a result of poor sleep hygiene?

Poor sleep hygiene is not always the sole reason for what is listed below. If your little one's sleep hygiene is pretty much on point, we recommend reaching out to your GP or Paediatrician to ensure there are no underlying medical conditions which need addressing.

There is an abundance of peer-reviewed research that supports the implementation of good sleep hygiene practice. Sleep is essential for attention, behaviour, learning, memory making and overall physical and mental health - even for Mum and Dad! 

It can look different depending on the age/stage of your baby or child, but good sleep hygiene relates to habits and environment, with a bit of biology sprinkled in there too.

So, let's cover Environment first. The goal here is to ensure your little one is sleeping in a pleasant and consistent space, whether it's your room or their own.

Darkness

As we know darkness helps to convert serotonin (the awake hormone) into melatonin (the sleepy hormone). Working with these natural systems will ensure sleep is more easily achieved. Be mindful of any LED light coming from monitors and sunlight through blinds/curtains. We are aiming for 80-90% darkness, you might like to install block out blinds (Sleepy Sundays Co are our favourite, use THEPARENTINGEDIT for 15% off) or pin up a dark sheet over the windows.

Temperature

This plays a significant role in whether your baby will settle to sleep and stay asleep. Aim to keep the room at around 18 - 22 degrees where possible. While we know it's not easy to achieve this all year round, we recommend ensuring your baby is layered appropriately in natural fabrics. Synthetic fabrics will create additional waking due to overheating or over-cooling. Swaddles and sleeping bags need to suit the season and be well-fitted, there are TOG-rated guidelines available when purchasing these product like Ergo Pouch (another firm favourite). You can see how warm your baby is by touching the back of the neck, if this is warm then you’ve nailed it! Bear in mind that your baby’s lowest body temperature will be around 3am in the morning. If you notice waking’s recurring at this time, it could be linked to a temperature drop.

Noise

A calm, quiet environment is key! For the first year (and even longer) we recommend the safe use of White Noise. We know babies love white noise! The volume and intensity can mimic the level of noise experienced in the womb and helps turn on the calming reflex. White noise helps to create healthy sleep habits while also dulling the external noise in the environment, this means your little one is less likely to wake fully between sleep cycles. We can use this safe and effectively by placing the white noise machine across the room (about 2 metres away from where your baby is sleeping). When you've found a place for it, download a free dB reader App on your phone and place it in the cot. From here you can adjust the volume on the machine until the dB reader is registering between 50 - 65dB, we generally recommend 50dB. Overnight you might like to turn it further down as the environment is usually quieter.

Keep it Boring

Some little ones are extra inquisitive and curious of their surroundings from a very early age. Keeping the bedroom as boring and plain as possible will limit the amount of stimulation and interest in what’s going on around them. While mobiles are gorgeous, some babies will just sleep better without distractions.

Bedding

A regular sleep schedule helps to set your baby's circadian rhythm. This means they can move between wakefulness and sleepiness with more predictability making it far easier to achieve sleep. You can do this by keeping to a regular morning wake time and sleep time in the evening.

Creating consistent wind-down routines prior to sleep will help to avoid overstimulation and mean settling to sleep can be a calmer, happier time. Wind-downs might look like walking into the room, closing the curtains, putting on a sleeping bag after a nappy change, offering a feed, reading a book or singing a song before popping baby into their sleeping space! Wind-downs create lovely sleep cues that support the settling process. We generally recommend between 10 – 20 minutes before baby is due to be asleep.

Natural light and outdoor activity through the day will help to boost serotonin levels, meaning your baby will have higher stores ready to be converted into melatonin for overnight sleep. The amount of activity your baby needs will change as they grow, be mindful that younger babies are very easily over-stimulated.

Sleep cues begins to become fairly developed from around 3-months-old. These are signs your baby will demonstrate when they are getting ready for sleep. Some baby's sleep cues will be clear, while others are a little subtler. If it's tricky to read your baby, your best watching the clock closely and following the recommended awake times.

Let's chat good sleep hygiene practices for 1 - 4 Month Olds

What about for 5 - 12 Month Olds?

Working with your baby’s rhythms means we see less fussing, crying and stress, while also seeing longer sleep, calmer settles and many more smiles! If you're finding this is not what's happening in your home, book a free call with us to see how we are work together!

One of the many questions we have at the beginning of our parenting journey!

Is she warm enough?

How many layers do I put on him?

Do I put the heater on?

Is a fan ok to use?

What the heck is a swaddle?

How the hell do I swaddle?

On and on the questions go!

Buckle up Mums and Dads, we are only just getting started!

So, before we go much further, let’s get some of the very important Safe Sleep chat covered.

Research shows there is a clear link between overheating and an increased risk of SIDS, so we’ve listed a few recommendations for keeping this risk low:

  1. Keep the head and face clear of clothing and bedding, not only does this prevent suffocation, it also ensures your baby can regulate their temperature.
  2. Make sure clothing and bedding (swaddles, wraps, sleeping bags) are fitted and below the neck, sitting on the shoulders. Your baby wriggles, so all of the above needs to be firmly in place (not tight!)
  3. If the hands or feet are cool to touch, don’t freak out! This is not an indicator of core body temperature. Touch the back of the neck or stomach – not too hot, not too cold, we want comfortable warmth!
  4. If the room is warm, especially in the summer months, turn on an oscillating fan! Just make sure the flow of air is not directly on baby. An oscillating fan has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS too.
  5. If baby is sweating or has flushed and clammy skin this is a red flag! Remove some layers and offer fluids e.g. breastmilk or formula.
  6. Dress baby for the room temperature, overnight we recommending dressing baby for the overnight expected low.
  7. Whenever dressing your baby, always consider other factors such as illness, cooling/heating and whether your baby is a naturally warm or cool sleeper.

There is SO much to know about Safe Sleep so I strongly urge you to check out Red Nose Australia or Plunket New Zealand

Right, get back to the initial question; What do newborns sleep in?

Well from a Sleep Consultant perspective we are aiming to give baby the best chance at restorative sleep. With this in mind, we absolutely recommend using a consistent type of sleepwear, for every sleep e.g. swaddle, sleep suit, sleeping bag.

This is so your baby can begin to form independent sleep associations and sleep cues. Over time your baby will learn that as they are popped into their sleepwear, it is time for bed and they settle more calmly – the parenting dream!

The reason we don’t recommend popping baby to sleep with just a singlet or nappy on, is that you run the chance of your little one fighting a sleeping bag/suit when Winter comes! Hello, wakeups on those cold nights! been there, done that, got the postcard

Whichever type of bedding you use (our recommendations are below), always ensure the fabrics are natural e.g. cotton, muslin, bamboo. These fabrics will help your baby to regulate their temperature more easily. Fabrics such as fleece, polyester, nylon, spandex are all synthetic and are not recommended for babies and young children, sleepwear OR clothing.

While we don’t generally recommend using blankets, if you are, always ensure it is tucked in firmly across baby’s chest, no higher. Baby’s feet need to be at the bottom of the cot so when baby wriggles, they move up the cot and away from the blanket. Always use lightweight, breathable, natural blankets.

What do we recommend for Newborns?

  • Our go-to wrap is The Miracle Blanket which is super easy to use! Depending on the temperature of the room, you may dress baby is just a singlet/nappy or just a nappy, or add a couple of layers of clothing underneath.
  • You can also use any stretchy-style of wrap, as long as it’s at least 44x44 inches. This will give you enough fabric to get a good wrap on!
  • We recommend having arms-down or hands-to-heart when swaddling.

Once your tot is rolling, it’s time to ditch the swaddle and move onto a sleeping bag or sleepsuit!

Clothing Under Sleepwear:

Last, but not least, let’s cover Sleep Surfaces!

Again, I encourage you to check out the Safe Sleep Guidelines (links above) for more in-depth information!

THE DO NOT’S

THE DO’S

If you want more information on Newborn Sleep and how to begin laying the foundations for life-long restorative and happy sleep, check out our SHOP!

Firstly, and I want to make this SUPER CLEAR…

YOU’RE NOT GOING TO CREATE BAD SLEEP HABITS BY HOLDING, ROCKING OR FEEDING YOUR NEWBORN TO SLEEP…

Should I say it a little louder for the people in the back?!

Seriously, those first 3 – 5 months is a whole lot of “just do what works!”

The MAIN goal is to just SURVIVE; accept all the help you can get, tune into yourself, trust yourself, let go of unrealistic expectations and wherever you can, keep that sense of humour rocking!

Sleep deprivation is not for the faint-hearted, but we can keep it relatively short-lived by laying some healthy sleep foundations early on.

So before we go much further, let’s look into the biology of sleep in those first few months:

WEEKS 1-3WEEKS 4-6WEEKS 7-12
AWAKE WINDOWS45 -60 MINUTES 60 -90 MINUTES 90 MINUTES (+/- 15)

Right, back to the initial question - how do we help our newborn settle to sleep in their bassinet?

  1. Make sure baby has had a nice full feed prior to sleep, depending on how long ago you fed, it may be worth offering a top up! A hungry baby will not be a happy sleeping baby.
  2. Ensure baby is dressed appropriately, most newborns LOVE to be swaddled. You can check out my blog on “what do newborns sleep in” for more information on this!
  3. Before getting started baby needs to be calm, healthy and thriving! You can help turn on the calming reflex by offering a dummy, shushing long and low and loud past the ear and by using motion like swinging. I highly recommend researching Dr Harvey Karp’s 5 S’s
  4. Remember, there is no neurological ability for baby to learn how to self-settle at this stage. The technique discussed below is gentle and responsive and will help to lay the foundations of healthy sleep early on.

Now let’s chat the SHUSH-PAT technique!

How to use Shush-Pat:

  1. The best way to use this technique is in your newborns safe sleep space, but you don’t have to start here! Hold baby over the shoulder, or in the football hold or try the reverse breastfeeding holding – it might take a few tries to figure out what your baby likes best!
  2. Firmly pat on the centre of baby’s back or bottom (again find what your baby prefers) in a rhythmic motion e.g. tick-tock-tick-tock. Avoid patting the lower back as this is where the kidneys are located which won’t feel too good!
  3. While patting, use your shushing! Shhh shh shhh past baby’s ear. Long, low, slow and loud. We need to be louder than baby. You might vary your pitch/tone to see what baby responds best to.
  4. When baby is calm, place into the cot (if you are holding) – go feet first to prevent the startle reflex) on to baby’s back or side and continue to do shush-pat.
  5. If baby prefers to be on their side, hold one hand on the tummy while the other hand pats the back. If baby is on their side, ensure they are tilted more towards the tummy – this will feel more secure!
  6. If baby prefers to be on their back, you can continue to pat their side or shoulder.
  7. If baby gets upset, give them a few minutes of continued shush-pat before picking up and settling baby on you until very drowsy and calm and then try Step 5 or 6 again.
  8. When baby is deeply asleep (after 20 minutes of shush-pat), very slowly in small increments, roll baby onto their back (if you are using side-settling) and slowly remove your hands.

A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: If your newborn is experiencing any kind of discomfort e.g. allergies, colic, reflux, please talk to your medical practitioner BEFORE using any settling technique, at any age/stage! No sleep training techniques should be used for babies who are experiencing discomfort.

So let's give it a go! You've got this and so does your little one!

If you're finding your sleep puzzle a little more tricky and would love some 1:1 support to get you on the right track, book a free call via our website or flick us an email! We are here for it!

As I am sure you are fast finding out, your baby’s sleep changes rapidly! 

The first 2 years are full of constant change… just when you think you’ve nailed it, another curveball is thrown your way and you’re trying to solve the next puzzle!

No wonder you’re all so exhausted!

So to help keep things a little simpler for you, we’ve listed below AVERAGE day sleep totals for your little one - call it an early Christmas present, you’re so welcome!

Just to be super duper clear, these are averages! Some babies will sleep more and some will sleep less, the best indicator of how things are going is your nights.

Well-rested babies have shown to respond better to night sleep when there are restorative and balanced naps in place. So if there are multiple wakes overnight, there is likely something else going on that will need investigating!

So without further delay here are your Day Sleep Totals: 

WEEKS 1 - 36 HOURS
WEEKS 4- 64- 5 HOURS
WEEKS 7 - 124 HOURS
4 MONTHS3 - 4 HOURS
5 MONTHS3 - 3.5 HOURS
6 MONTHS3 HOURS
7 - 9 MONTHS2.5 - 3 HOURS
9 MONTHS2.5 HOURS
12 MONTHS2.5 HOURS
15 - 18 MONTHS2 - 2.5 HOURS
18 MONTHS - 2 YEARS1.5 - 2 HOURS
2 - 3 YEARS2 HOURS REDUCING TO 1 HOUR
BEFORE DROPPING IT
*get ready for that rollercoaster!*

Phew.. now you see it, you can REALLY appreciate just how much change is going on! Heck, even your little person can’t keep up!

This is the first piece of the puzzle - day sleep in terms of totals... but that's not all you'll need!

We need to wise up on the following:

👉 The number of naps

👉 The lengths of those naps 

👉 The timing of those naps

So let’s chat the Number of Naps per age group! This totally depends on how long your baby sleeps for each nap, you may find you need more naps if your little one is catnapping. 

Weeks 1 - 6 3 - 5 naps
Weeks 7 - 12 3 - 4 naps
4 - 6 Months3 naps
6 - 9 Months 2 - 3 naps
9 - 15 Months2 naps
5 - 18 Months1 - 2 naps
18 Months - 3 Years1 nap

Now comes the trickier part… the timing!

Timing is EVERYTHING! A blog to come on this very soon!

A well balanced nap routine really boosts quality sleep, reducing the chance your baby fighting sleep due to over-tiredness or under-tiredness.

We can't wait to support your family to better sleep soon!

Court x

So you're in the depths of the sleep deprivation haze and wondering when, if ever, it's going to end?

Take me back to my child-free days when I *thought* I knew what tired meant!

Although we wouldn’t change a thing, I get a lot of questions from clients around these nights!

We all want to know WHEN that light at the end of the tunnel will shine its sweet, sweet light on us!

So, we've put together some SUPER GENERAL GUIDELINES for what we could expect for the first year!

How old?Overnight FeedingStretches
6 Weeks2 – 4 feeds3 – 6 hours
12 Weeks1 – 3 feeds3 – 8 hours
4 – 5 Months1 – 2 feeds4 – 8 hours
6 Months0 – 2 feeds4 – 12 hours
7 Month0 – 1 feed5 – 12 hours
8 Months0 – 1 feed6 – 12 hours
9 – 12 Months0 – 1 feed11 – 12 hours
12+ Months0 feed11 – 12 hours

Now if you're finding your little one is not falling into these guidelines - it's totally okay! There are babies that drop feeds early or keep feeds longer or pick up a random feed here or there due to a growth spurt... the list of possibilities is endless! We aren’t raising robots after all.

As always, anything is doable if it's not a problem for your family, right? So, do what works for YOU and YOURS!

If your little one is waking far more than what is listed above, there are many other areas that are likely contributing to those pesky overnight wakes:

If you're finding your little one is waking multiple times overnight and it's something you are keen to change, book a call or grab one of our comprehensive sleep guides to help get you on your way!

All these sleepless nights will be a thing of the past eventually, but if you’re finding things need to change, grab one of our comprehensive sleep guides to help get you on your way or book a call!

I am all about providing you with individualised, holistic and flexible support, tackling change at your pace using responsive and evidence-based strategies that suit your family. By the end of our time together I want you to feel confident and empowered with your little ones sleep so you can navigate upcoming transitions successfully!

GOT A CATNAPPER IN THE HOUSE?

45-minutes after falling asleep and BOOM, "I'm awaaaaake Mum & Dad!" It's like clockwork right.. because it is!

So let's cover some basics first - what is catnapping?

Catnapping is when your little sleeps for no longer than one sleep cycle at a time for every nap... SOS! This is an extremely common (yet frustrating) in a lot of young babies.

Catnapping usually starts to appear around the 6 - 12 week mark when your baby’s internal clock is being formed.

Most babies are developmentally able to link sleep cycles more easily from 5-months-old. However, this can depend on a lot of other factors including your baby’s schedule during the day, timing, temperament and certain sleeping associations.

CAT NAPS FTW

Now not all catnapping is a cause for concern if you are compensating the short sleeps with an extra nap during the day. If it's working for you, don't fix what ain't broke!

However.... there may be an issue if you're finding your baby is always cranky and/or clingy during the day, fussy with feeding and isn't tolerating age appropriate awake windows, or is waking frequently overnight in which case READ ON!

Tips for your little cat-napper:

Have an idea of how much awake window is ideal for their age and know it could vary during the day.

Watch for tired signs

Ensure your baby has fed well prior to a nap so they are less likely to wake due to hunger

If they wake, give your little one a few minutes before responding to see if they will re-settle themselves...You never know!

Support them to re-settle using an appropriate settling method for your baby’s temperament and age and aligns with your parenting!

If they nap longer in a carrier or pram take them out for some naps during the day. You could even just focus on one nap in the cot to begin with!

You could try to assist them by intervening and supporting them before they start to really stir from sleep - this is a great technique for the little littles!

If your baby is a cat-napper but seems happy when they are awake and it hasn’t impacted night sleep, you may just choose to roll with the shorter naps and see if it settles down over time.

AND REMEMBER:

Like with everything in life, it takes time and practice to learn a new skill like linking sleep cycles. If we do continue getting them up every time after a catnap we are going to reinforce it further so we need to be prepared to be patient! It won't be like this forever!

Got a cat-napper? Experiencing frequent overnight wakings? Ready for change?

Get in touch parents! Better sleep can be yours within 2 weeks!

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Courtney x

Courtney was full of knowledge and advice to help set us up with a really solid foundation to guide our son to better sleep and prepare us for sleep regressions. Safe to say that even a few tweaks and we had our son sleeping through the night. Courtney also discussed with us great tips and tricks to help us manage and prepare for the more challenging behaviours. Thanks Courtney a friendly pleasurable consultant to deal with.

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Kirstie Vesseur
10 May 2022

My daughter was stuck in our bed, and as much as I loved it, it was ruining my health by the lack of sleep. Courtneys program has been a LIFESAVER! She's so knowledgeable and supportive!, she taught me how to make it a fun process for my daughter rather than a fight not only to get her TO bed but to keep her there...We've now got a beautiful routine and my daughter sleeps in her bed until morning. Highly recommend Court shes been a game changer for us!

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Tayla Lee-Bos
2 May 2022

Courtney was incredible! We were at such a loss with our little ones sleep, and she saved us! Even after our session had ended she has continued to help us. We have so many skills and tools to use moving forward. I would recommend her service to everyone! Thank you xx

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Kanoa Lloyd
1 May 2022

We loved working with Courtney. She’s super relaxed and non-judgemental, but that doesn’t get in the way of her being quick, communicative & effective. Having a plan & knowing why we were doing it made such a big difference! We have a happy, sleeping bubba with a great routine now and it only took a few days after Courtney set us up. Thanks so much!

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Kyla Vickery
25 April 2022
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Jessica Pringle
28 March 2022

Thank you so much to Courtney who has helped me establish a great nap schedule and link sleeps. Can’t thank you enough for the zzzz.

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Shara Mckenzie
23 March 2022

Amazing! Our 6 month old was waking up every 2hrs overnight since birth. We tried the sleep program and with Courtney's support within a few days she was day napping right on schedule and sleeping 4hours minimum blocks overnight! I cannot recommend enough.

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Ben P
22 March 2022

Courtney was a great help in setting up a consistent bedtime routine which yielded results. Appreciated the flexibility in changing the typical process due to only having my daughter stay with me once per week. Highly recommend.

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Annika Tribby
17 March 2022

We needed some help and guidance for my six-month-old son and Courtney was totally the right decision for us. She developed to clear plan and made it really easy to follow. I felt really supported throughout our experience. Most importantly my son's sleep has improved so so much. Even with a family holiday a couple weeks after hour sleep training week he's still maintained heaps of self settling skills that we practised. 6 weeks on and improvements have still stuck, very happy.

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Desiree Blicharz
8 March 2022

Courtney is highly experienced in child & behavioural studies and provides a gentle approach to sleeping techniques which address the core of positive parenting. My daughters sleep plan was personal and achievable to meet our long term goals as a family. Highly recommended as more than just a sleep consultant with a generic plan - Courtney provides a holistic approach and is nothing but lovely! Thank you

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Chloe Mace
22 February 2022

My child 6YO has always been a pretty good sleeper until recently. He started not going to sleep and waking throughout the night and staying awake. I was exhausted surviving on 2 hours sleep a night. Then I was recommended Courtney from The Parenting Edit. I felt reassured, supported and validated by Courtney. Courtney helped us make gentle changes to our routine, helped us support our child to feel safe in his own room. We seen results within one week and are now getting full nights sleep. I would highly recommend this to service to any parent needing some support and guidance when it come to your child sleeping.

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Jenny Zernich
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22 February 2022

Courtney was recommended to us by a friend after 5+ months of disrupted sleep with our 3 year old. We had one difficult night while implementing the plan and the following night we saw a huge improvement in her sleeping habits and she is generally sleeping well now. Should have contacted her sooner. Thanks Courtney!

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Jenny Brookes
22 February 2022

Courtney was recommended to us by a friend after 5+ months of disrupted sleep with our 3 year old. We had one difficult night while implementing the plan and the following night we saw a huge improvement in her sleeping habits and she is generally sleeping well now. Should have contacted her sooner. Thanks Courtney!

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Jo Duke
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18 February 2022

Courtney is a saint and a life saver! In 2 weeks she had my little boy sleeping as all night as is developmentally appropriate for his age. I had trouble gettinghim to sleep at bed time, which wasn't resolved in my follow up sessions. Courtney went above and beyond to make sure I had what I needed before she signed me off the program. Could not ask for a more incredible service! Would, and will, highly recommend to every single new parent, experience parent or any parent who has a child who has trouble self soothing.

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Josephine Duke
17 February 2022
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Anna Sweeney
10 February 2022

Incredible support and advice. I can't recommend The Parenting Edit more highly!

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Amelia Goldman
10 February 2022

Courtney was amazing, she has helped me with my little one and life is so much easier now. Would recommend her to anyone needing help with their bubs

Maddy
7 February 2022

Courtney’s newborn sleep guide has been a game changer. Reading this information has filled in so many gaps that other parenting books had left. This book has given me confidence as a first time mum, to not only understand my little boy’s sleep but also educate myself and my family on safe sleep, tired signs etc. Thankyou Courtney for your amazing guide and effort, this book has been a game changer!

Kasey
6 January 2022

Courtney was amazing

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Amy Field
8 December 2021

Wow your sleep program was a life saver. We went from sitting with our little girl 2 to 3 hours a night holding her hand as she would scream and make her self vomit if we didn't we were at breaking point. Then we found the the amazing Courtney within 2 days of the program our little girl was sleeping in her bed by herself and asleep by 6.45. I have been recommending Courtney to everyone complete game changer 🙌

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Fiona Young
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21 November 2021

Hi all you sleepless parents out there 🤗 after an exhausting search for someone to help us with our boys we came across Courtney !!!! The difference in their sleep is amazing, we are talking years of broken sleep early waking etc etc .. This lady saved us and our family from pure exhaustion 😩and it was easier than we thought it would be ..😳 We can’t recommend Courtney enough for helping us 🤩🤗

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Nathan Hemmens
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23 August 2021

Courtney helped us get our 21 month old daughter back to sleeping 11 to 12 hours a night after months of sleepless nights. Courtney reviews your current situation very thoroughly before suggesting common sense strategies to help get your little people back to sleeping through the night. She's very professional and great to work with. Thanks Courtney for all your help!

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Madison Harte
17 August 2021

Courtney was fantastic... Gave us more of a schedule & suggested feed times instead of snack feeding and cat napping, Would recommend to friends thanks for all your help :-)

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Aisha Albattal
15 August 2021

Thank you Courtney, I was at my whitts end with feeling tired and needing to wheen my baby, the service you offered has turned mine and my little ones lives around, we are now sleeping and completely wheened. knowing that you were just a call or email away was reassuring, thank you for helping us and teaching us how to sleep! Highly recommended.. You won't regret working Courtney xx

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Kara Mizzi
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13 August 2021

After 2 months of no sleep with my 2 and a half year old I contacted courtney a few weeks ago due to my sons sleeping issues he had got to the point were he would just scream in the cot for hours he just didn't want too sleep at all even if I held him he would still only get a couple of hours a night. I was at absolute breaking point my sons always been a bad sleeper we even had to go to sleep school at 6 months old and I thought I knew all the ways to handle sleep going ahead. From the moment I spoke to courtney she was an absoloute God send I was telling her my problems in tears she was so supportive. she informed didn't have a spot until the end of the week yet when I expressed I needed help asap she fit me in immediately that night. Half way through the week my son was struck with a really bad cold i told courtney and she was happy to put the sleep training on hold and support me until he was better once he was better we re started sleep training and I also threw a spanner in the works as I decided we would upgraded to a big boy bed which also could of made the sleep transition alot harder but with courtney nothing seemed hard it all was such a smooth transition and her support/advice gave me the strength i needed to get through it. Now I have a 2 and a half year old who sleeps 12 hours a night dosent leave his room until the morning when its time to get up and is asleep a few minutes after his heads hit the pillow. My absoloute favourite part was her sleep training methods are so gentle and not stressful on the child or parents . Courtney is so reasonably priced and worth every single dollar and more as she goes above and beyond to respond to all your needs please mums & dads if your struggling look no were else give Courtney a call and it will be life changing her knowledge is beyond what I expected and her patience was amazing she never made me feel like I had a dumb question or was pestering her so on that note courtney thankyou so much for everything you are a sleep wizard and a beautiful human we will continue to work with you anytime we feel we may need support 💜

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Marissa Kelly
13 August 2021

Courtney saved us!! As a single mother with a 7 month old little boy that wouldn’t sleep more than 2 hours at a time and was waking up 5-10 times between 8pm and 12pm no matter where he was sleeping (on me, in my bed, in his cot) I felt like I was drowning in sleep deprivation I wasn’t able to function as the mother I know I am and want to be… I felt I was failing no matter how hard I tried! Why on earth did I not call Courtney sooner?!?! She got back to me the day after I contacted her and got me straight into her program and was totally understanding with my financial issues and giving me some time to gather money, she is worth every cent! My son is now only waking 2-3 times a night sometimes not at all he actually enjoys sleeping now we of course still fight to go to sleep occasionally but majority of the time he’s like alright cya in the morning mum and is out. I am so excited to continue with the program she’s laid out for us and will definitely contact her again with any future issues, highly recommend!

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Bree Gray
12 August 2021

Life changing!! Courtney has helped us so incredibly much and we are so greatly. Making contact with The Parenting Edit was the best decision we ever made. I forgot how good it is to sleep 😀

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Tamara Cahill
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30 July 2021

Courtney has been so wonderful for our family. She gave us confidence in helping our little man sleep better and we saw such great results from day 1! She provided a detailed plan, continued to provide follow up support and was so friendly and caring. I highly recommend her if you need help with your little one's sleep!

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Kiara Huggins
29 July 2021

Courtney will save your sanity! Don’t keep putting off contacting a sleep consultant in the hopes it will ‘just get better soon’ - it doesn’t. Take the plunge and contact Courtney, you won’t regret it! Worth every penny! We felt really supported, and listened to. It really is like a big jigsaw puzzle, but once those pieces all come together everything falls into place. Results were pretty immediate and have continued long term, it’s relieved so much stress and confusion. Just do it now!

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Katy Halley
27 July 2021

Working with Courtney for the week was a game changer! My 4.5 month old girl wasn't responding to the current routine I was following and i was finding my days and nights becoming torturous. I found Courtney online and put my details in for a call. She called the next day and we had a good chat about where we were at. She gave me some great tips but i felt i needed ongoing support so signed up for the week. She was extremely responsive and I saw improvements pretty quickly. The phone calls every few days were so helpful and Courtney was patient with all of my questions. By the end of the week Saylor had connected her sleep cycles through the day perfectly and was only waking for one feed a night! I cant thank Courtney enough and I HIGHLY recommend her! For your own sanity make the small investment and trust the process - it works!

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Kezz Stoltenkamp
14 July 2021

My bub was a serial cat napper! That was until we started working with Courtney. I thought I was never going to see the end of 30mins day naps. However, through Courtney's guidance, knowledge and evidence-based approach to sleep, bub is consistently having a 2hr lunch nap. Courtney was my woo girl cheering me on as we worked on consolidating sleep and saying goodbye to cat naps. Highly recommend working with Courtney! She's friendly, professional, responsive and a fountain of knowledge.

The program and support offered has been amazing! In 1 week my 1yo took to the changes & it has saved my sanity. Courtney was not just a pleasure to deal with but very knowledgeable & empathetic. I could not praise her more and will recommend to every struggling mum out there, thank you again xx

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Kelly Pais
7 July 2021

Courtney was the right person we were looking for. We appreciated Courtney’s communication and professionalism. She is very thorough with her assessment, approach and recommendations which were age appropriate and suited our parenting style. We highly recommend Courtney to any parent looking for support to assist their child to finally get the sleep they need.

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MerandaHerft
6 July 2021

Had a wonderful experience with Courtney she made a lot of time for us, spoke gently and loved our routine already. Talked me through different ways of handling things and was there for me during that week for any questions. Found the whole experience 5 star and would recommend her to anyone with sleeping or behaviour issues with their child. Thank you so much 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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Amy Smythe
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6 July 2021

Courtney is an absolute star. If you had of told me 3 weeks ago that after 3 days of following a program purpose built for my son I would have a 15 month old sleeping through the night, self settling for all of his naps and happy to be relaxing in his bed by himself I would have told you you are crazy and it would never happen. I was lost and desperate stuck in a cycle where I was co sleeping and my son was waking every hour or two throughout the night and his day naps were very sporadic and i literally had to hold him everytime he closed his eyes. I now have a happier little baby that no longer has separation anxiety and doesn't wake up crying, which means happiness all around for me and our family. I can't recommend Courtney enough - the process was easy to follow and gentle and she was so encouraging and empowering. Thankyou so so so much Courtney 💓

Courtney was such a dream to deal with! We were having big issues with my daughter and her behaviour and Courtney helped us understand why she was acting that way and gave us some amazing tools to help us navigate through it. Would highly recommend!! Thanks heaps Courtney! We feel so much more equipped to deal with all kinds of behaviour now. X

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Emma Axt Conaghan
25 June 2021

Courtney was great, she gave us a number of strategies and helped troubleshoot our 3 year old son's night waking behaviour. Highly recommend!

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Lucy Halliday
22 June 2021

We were very sleep deprived with a 15 month old that was waking 1/2 hrly after a recent bout of sickness by engaging Courtney he is only waking once a night now! This has been so great and we feel like new parents. We also have a plan to go to no wakes 😊. Courtney was great- she was very down to earth and realistic in her expectations. I would recommend.

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Hannah Wallace
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18 June 2021

All I can say is WOW and thank you Courtney for your care and guidance navigating the way with our tantruming 5 year old. As a parenting professional (in another field) I wasn't sure that there was much that another parenting coach could bring to the table to better our tense home situation but I was so wrong. We contacted Courtney out of desperation as our 5 year old was having upwards of 20 mega meltdowns every day- being violent, hysterical, impulsive and down right miserable. Our whole family was affected by his behaviour and it was putting major strain on my husband and i's relationship but more importantly I could see that my son was also really struggling too and was unhappy most of the time which was heartbreaking. The intake process with Courtney was really comprehensive and feel like she really took the time to get to know us as a family and understand what issues we were facing. After just one session with Courtney I was armed with strategies and a plan to help my son navigate anger and meltdowns. Within a few days I saw MAJOR change. Our household went from being tense and anxious to calm and fun. I learnt so much about my parenting and my unrealistic expectations around time management and how to cope with my sons meltdowns, I can honestly say this program allowed me to grow as a parent and in turn we are all so much more amicable and productive. On the rare occasion that my son now escalates to a tantrum state, I am calm and responsive and have complete confidence in how to help the situation and diffuse the behaviour. I am seeing tantrums very rarely now, in fact he had one small meltdown over this past weekend and my husband and I were both so excited to see that it was now a "rarity" as opposed to an hourly occurrence. We are all smiling again and its all thanks to this program. Thank you so much Court for the wonderful service that you provide. You have truely changed our lives. If you're thinking of reaching out for help in any aspect of parenting DO NOT hesitate to get in touch with Courtney. Your only regret will be that you didn't do it sooner. xxxxx

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hannah myers
18 June 2021

All I can say is WOW and thank you Courtney for your care and guidance navigating the way with our tantruming 5 year old. As a parenting professional (in another field) I wasn't sure that there was much that another parenting coach could bring to the table to better our tense home situation but I was so wrong. We contacted Courtney out of desperation as our 5 year old was having upwards of 20 mega meltdowns every day- being violent, hysterical, impulsive and down right miserable. Our whole family was affected by his behaviour and it was putting major strain on my husband and i's relationship but more importantly I could see that my son was also really struggling too and was unhappy most of the time which was heartbreaking. The intake process with Courtney was really comprehensive and feel like she really took the time to get to know us as a family and understand what issues we were facing. After just one session with Courtney I was armed with strategies and a plan to help my son navigate anger and meltdowns. Within a few days I saw MAJOR change. Our household went from being tense and anxious to calm and fun. I learnt so much about my parenting and my unrealistic expectations around time management and how to cope with my sons meltdowns, I can honestly say this program allowed me to grow as a parent and in turn we are all so much more amicable and productive. On the rare occasion that my son now escalates to a tantrum state, I am calm and responsive and have complete confidence in how to help the situation and diffuse the behaviour. I am seeing tantrums very rarely now, in fact he had one small meltdown over this past weekend and my husband and I were both so excited to see that it was now a "rarity" as opposed to an hourly occurrence. We are all smiling again and its all thanks to this program. Thank you so much Court for the wonderful service that you provide. You have truely changed our lives. If you're thinking of reaching out for help in any aspect of parenting DO NOT hesitate to get in touch with Courtney. Your only regret will be that you didn't do it sooner. xxxxx

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Lauren Klysz
19 May 2021
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Jessica Chan
6 May 2021

They say having twins is hard. But when you have two babies that don’t sleep the struggle is real, and the sleep deprivation on the parents is exponential. Courtney was our third try at sleep training. We tried the little ones program, we tried two weeks staying at a sleep training school. The twins are two years old now - we felt this was our last shot before we resigned to giving up our own sleep for the near future. But through hard work, tears, and the professional guidance of Courtney we have done it!!!!! We get 8 hours of continuous sleep at night. Pretty sure it is the same feeling as winning lotto for sleep deprived parents. Courtney was amazing and supportive throughout the whole process. She understood our family needs and made the program realistic. She understood the mechanisms we had in place in order to survive so far - and there was no judgements. Courtney was full of positive energy in such an anxiety ridden task. She replied to anxious texts and emails promptly even when sent late at night. Please do not hesitate at all to call on Courtney - There is nothing to lose and everything to gain ( sleep and sanity). .

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Kylie Breaden
29 April 2021

Courtney couldn't have been more helpful if she tried. Very professional but easy to talk to. Courtney had solutions for everything we were experiencing. As a parent with a child with special needs, I highly recommend her to any tired parent looking for a way to get their child to settle in for a good night's sleep.

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Angela
29 April 2021

Courtney has been an invaluable support for my little ones sleep journey. She has a wealth of knowledge and is evidence based. I personally love how she adapts her approach and recommendations depending on your little ones age, temperament and parenting styles.

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Christine Duits
19 April 2021

Courtney was exactly the type of sleep consultant we were looking for. Her approach was gentle and she considered our family as a whole to get our desired results. We went from surviving to thriving with her assistance and knowledge. Highly recommend Courtney's services.

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Tegan McDonald
15 April 2021

We cannot recommend Courtney enough! Entering into the world of sleep training was very daunting for us, we had done a lot of research and tried a few things ourselves that we were comfortable with but nothing seemed to work and we felt too uncomfortable to keep going on our own without some help! The first thing that stood out was that Courtney called us before we even went ahead and gave us an idea of how things would go, after that call I knew The Parenting Edit was the way to go for us! The support that Courtney gave us was amazing! We were so happy with the way she helped us to find a gentle approach that we were comfortable with to assist our boy.. After only a couple of days, we went from our boy waking 3-4 times a night and sometimes being up for hours during the night and needing lots of rocking.....to waking 1 x a night or sleeping through and going to sleep without assistance 🙌🏼🙌🏼 We think it’s honestly the best investment we could have made, we are all so much happier and bed time is no longer a daunting task ❤️

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Lucas Rodman
24 February 2021

We can't recommend Courtney from The Parenting Edit highly enough. Our 12 month old has gone from constant night wakings, barely sleeping during the day and seeming to HATE his cot, to a little man who happily babbles away before putting himself to sleep. It's amazing! Courtney was easy to deal with & made you feel as if u had instantly made a new friend. The business set up is impressive and she was always reliable. Courtney is confident while remaining realistic and relatable. A personalised plan to suit our specific needs & the ongoing support of a caring professional was exactly what we needed. Without a doubt, worth every cent! Thank you Courtney x

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Thuy Murray
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23 February 2021

Thanks very much Courtney for your support and help with our sons sleep regression. Our two year old went from sleeping through to protesting naps and having multiple wake ups as well as waking up at 5am. After a month of exhaustion and seeing him so overtired and having increasing tantrums, we knew we needed help. You got back to my message right away and provided a comprehensive service at a very affordable price. In fact you told me to choose the lower option as you were so confident with your strategies! Well it worked. Sammys back to sleeping 12 hours a night, loves his naps, he even naps better at daycare now. Our biggest win is that he is much happier and we have noticed a massive behavioural change! You are right in saying they are not “terrible twos” we just need to help them gently along. We are so grateful for your help! Will tell everyone about your services and gentle parenting style. Thanks again xx

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Jodie Milligan
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15 February 2021

The Sleep Guide! Also known as my bible and my go to when days aren’t good. I’ve read a lot of sleep books/guides in my time as a mother. None compare to this guide. I find it so easy to read and follow and after I read it, I felt like I had a lot of confidence in tackling my sleep issues. This guide will become your best friend. Thank you Courtney and team.

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Kiara Williams
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29 December 2020

In a sentence, Courtney has been the best external influence on our family health to date. We worked with Courtney a couple of months ago in regards to our then 13 month old. He was not a terrible sleeper, but he definitely wasn't great. He woke every single night, often more than once. He loved to co-sleep and contact nap in recent months and had been cuddled to sleep since birth. Courtney's approach was gentle on bub but firm for us which is exactly what we needed. Her assessment of our family was personal, detailed and professional but her manner is so friendly that we felt like we were getting coached by our best friend. Literally after 24 hours with Courtney, we saw significant changes to his sleep. Within a week, bub was falling asleep on his own, with no crying, in a room on his own. For the past six weeks, he has slept through EVERY single night from 6:30pm to 7am. He has always been a happy kid but we have seen such a positive change in him now that he has enough sleep. Not to mention, we now get to sleep and have some self care time at night and during nap time. You must book in with Courtney, you have got nothing to lose.

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Jennifer Cernovskis
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22 December 2020

Courtney has helped us in just a few short weeks to get on top of our toddlers early rising, we are so grateful for the extra sleep and our little man is much happier. Thanks again Courtney, we really appreciate your help and support xx

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Jennifer Cernovskis
22 December 2020

Thank you Courtney for all your help with our little man! I got so used to his early rising but with your help we are kicking goals and he’s getting much more sleep, making him much happier and content! Thanks again!! X

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Lauren Williams
15 November 2020

After a few months of sleep issues with my 2 year old, I found Courtney and I’m so glad that I did. With Courtney’s help we saw an improvement on the first night and smashed our goals within a few days. Courtney was so thorough in her initial assessment and has so many tips and tricks for so many aspects of raising little ones. Thank you Courtney!

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Lauren Williams
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15 November 2020

After a few months of sleep issues with my 2 year old, I found Courtney and I’m so glad that I did. With Courtney’s help we saw an improvement on the first night and smashed our goals within a few days. Courtney was so thorough in her initial assessment and has so many tips and tricks for so many aspects of raising little ones. Thank you Courtney!

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Natalie Vickers
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29 September 2020

Courtney was amazing!!! My bub was waking every 1 or 2 hours overnight for 9 months. One visit from Courtney with the follow up calls means my boy now wakes once and has learnt how to self settle. He’s a happier boy these days! Courtney’s manner is lovely and she makes you feel very comfortable. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you what to do - she did that for me and it’s changed my life!! Thanks Courtney xx

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Danielle Williams
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13 August 2020

Courtney is absolutely amazing! She is kind, thoughtful & very experienced in all things babies. Her knowledge is exceptional & was the exact support we needed to help assist us with our son. With regular contact, a new sleep routine our son is more settled & happy. He is now happy to go off to sleep with little assistance & Courtney's advice gave me the confidence to apply her technique's to continue with ease. We highly recommend The Parenting Edit!

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Gwenda Lake
9 August 2020

Courtney was the exact support I needed! She was understanding, patient and thoughtful. She maintained regular contact with me throughout our time together and when sickness hit my family she kindly paused the support in the sleep training to give us time to get better however she still provided advice about what to do during the sickness. She answered all my many questions clearly and was very knowledgeable. The result has been amazing! I now feel human again! One wake up most nights now and significantly increased confidence in my ability to help my beautiful boy sleep soundly:) Thank you!

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Gwen Kerrison
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9 August 2020

Courtney was the exact support I needed! She was understanding, patient and thoughtful. She maintained regular contact with me throughout our time together and when sickness hit my family she kindly paused the support in the sleep training to give us time to get better however she still provided advice about what to do during the sickness. She answered all my many questions clearly and was very knowledgeable. The result has been amazing! I now feel human again! One wake up most nights now and significantly increased confidence in my ability to help my beautiful boy sleep soundly:) Thank you!

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Tash May
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7 August 2020

Courtney is amazing! She knows her stuff and has a wealth of knowledge. I was anxious about my 5 month olds sleep habits because I was about to return to work. Courtney did a detailed sleep assessment and helped us understand how we can keep and improve on our little ones sleep. Courtney was so supportive and was great at trouble shooting any road blocks we had along the way. We are forever greatful for the program she suggested, it’s worked wonders !

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Coity Guymer
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5 August 2020

Courtney was very kind and helpful ! Thanks to Courtney we now have a much more settled bub that enjoys her cot and going to sleep all by her self.

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Grainne Stauch
31 July 2020

I was really nervous about starting sleep training but Courtney quickly made me feel completely at ease. Courtney took into consideration my request for a gentle approach, I felt completely supported throughout the entire process. Everything was explained so clearly that I quickly gained the confidence I longed for around our little ones sleep. Within days we made huge improvements and I now feel like I have the tools to overcome any issues that might pop up in the future. Our little one went from feeding to sleep to self-settling and sleeping 12+ hours at night. Life changing!

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Grainne Stauch
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31 July 2020

I was really nervous about starting sleep training but Courtney quickly made me feel completely at ease. Courtney took into consideration my request for a gentle approach, I felt completely supported throughout the entire process. Everything was explained so clearly that I quickly gained the confidence I longed for around our little ones sleep. Within days we made huge improvements and I now feel like I have the tools to overcome any issues that might pop up in the future. Our little one went from feeding to sleep to self-settling and sleeping 12+ hours at night. Life changing!

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Jacquie Kilday
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24 July 2020

I cannot speak more highly of Courtney. I was referred to Courtney after my previously amazing 2.5 year old sleeper suddenly started waking at 1am, for the day! At the same time, my 7 month old was waking 3 or more times a night and needed to be fed back to sleep. I had never been more physically and emotionally broken in my life. Courtney came into our lives as a confident, professional expert who now feels more like a friend than a consultant! Not only did she patiently listen to the whole drama that had become my life, she reassured me from day one that we would get through this. Within a couple of days she had put together a detailed plan of attack for both of my children and had arranged a schedule of calls to keep us on track. Courtney’s techniques were gentle yet effective, and her vast knowledge of both sleep and behavioural issues made me feel secure and confident to act on her advice. Within a couple of days our 2.5 year old was sleeping through the night, and within a fortnight my 7 month old was waking once a night. I’m still in shock! I feel like myself again, our family is happy, and we’re all getting a good nights sleep! I would hand on heart say that Courtney saved us. She is a beautiful soul and I cannot recommend her enough.

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Jodie Hunt
23 July 2020

Working with Courtney has been a life changer. Our 1 year old daughter was great with her day naps, but at night would wake every 2 to 3 hours and would love to stay awake from 2.30 to 4.30 each night. Courtney came up with the game plan and was able to give us the tools and techniques to change up her routine with a few tweaks and implement gentle techniques to help our daughter to learn to self soothe. With Courtney’s support we were sleeping through the night 4 nights in!! We never felt like we had been doing anything wrong to promote our daughters bad sleep habits. Courtney supported us all the way through and were given back up strategies if we were not seeing our great results continue. Thank you Courtney!

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Cameron Neill
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23 July 2020

I am so grateful to Courtney. From the minute I contacted her about my son’s sleeping issues she gave me a new sense of confidence. Not only did she reaffirm that I was on the right track, but with only a few changes to his daily schedule he is a new, and very happy, child. Having Courtney is like having your very own cheerleader who is always on your side and without any judgement. Her check-ins are great and she is always happy to answer any questions – regardless of how many times my Mum brain asks them. I now have a baby who has consistent daytime napes, sleeps through the night and more importantly doesn’t wake us up at 5am. Thank you so much for all that you have done to help our family.

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Stelliani Tzavellas
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22 July 2020

Loved how Courtney was able to suit our needs as a family and accommodate our situation. Thanks for your help!

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Lianne Gwyther-Jones
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20 July 2020

I can't thank Courtney enough for all her help in getting my 3-month-old to sleep better through the night and establish a day routine. I wish I hadn’t wasted my money on generic sleep programs as the follow up support and troubleshooting is what helped us create and achieve realistic goals. I was amazed at how quickly everything fell into place. I loved the gentle approach to settling to sleep and the different techniques Courtney offered. I wasn’t comfortable letting my little one cry it out. It’s been great to learn where I can be more flexible in the routine too (which I need as I have a toddler!) I appreciate everything Courtney has done for my family. After feeling totally lost with my newborn I finally feel like we’re on track and I feel a lot more relaxed as a mum of two :) I highly recommend The Parenting Edit. Thank you so much Courtney x

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Lindsey Gottlieb
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20 July 2020

Whoever said ‘sleeping like a baby’ was a good thing must have had sleep training. Courtney is simply amazing. She is so conscious of parents’ styles/preferences and has provided gentle settling guidance to suit us above and beyond what I could have expected. She clearly has a passion for this and it shows. Not only did we receive a detailed assessment of our little one’s sleep, she provided a schedule, contingency plan and made regular contact to check in. She has certainly made this process easier than I could have ever imagined. With her help, I have gained confidence in getting my little one into a routine and feel so assured moving forward that we can get through any sleep issues that may come up.

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Lindsey Webb
20 July 2020

Whoever said ‘sleeping like a baby’ was a good thing must have had sleep training. Courtney is simply amazing. She is so conscious of parents’ styles/preferences and has provided gentle settling guidance to suit us above and beyond what I could have expected. She clearly has a passion for this and it shows. Not only did we receive a detailed assessment of our little one’s sleep, she provided a schedule, contingency plan and made regular contact to check in. She has certainly made this process easier than I could have ever imagined. With her help, I have gained confidence in getting my little one into a routine and feel so assured moving forward that we can get through any sleep issues that may come up.

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Pani Thay
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19 July 2020

With our baby being such a terrible sleeper, we thought we’d never see an end in sight until we met Courtney! She worked with us to help establish a much better routine for our little girl, taught us gentle techniques to help settle her and understand the science behind why her sleep was the way it was. Within two weeks of working with Courtney, our baby was getting much better restorative sleep and is now a much happier baby! We couldn’t recommend Courtney enough! Pic of our very very happy well rested baby ☺️

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Pani Thay
19 July 2020

With our baby being such a terrible sleeper, we thought we’d never see an end in sight until we met Courtney! She worked with us to help establish a much better routine for our little girl, taught us gentle techniques to help settle her and understand the science behind why her sleep was the way it was. Within two weeks of working with Courtney, our baby was getting much better restorative sleep and is now a much happier baby! We couldn’t recommend Courtney enough!

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Pani Thay
19 July 2020

With our baby being such a terrible sleeper, we thought we’d never see an end in sight until we met Courtney! She worked with us to help establish a much better routine for our little girl, taught us gentle techniques to help settle her and understand the science behind why her sleep was the way it was. Within two weeks of working with Courtney, our baby was getting much better restorative sleep and is now a much happier baby! We couldn’t recommend Courtney enough!

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Cameron Neill
19 July 2020

I am so grateful to Courtney. From the minute I contacted her about my son’s sleeping issues she gave me a new sense of confidence. Not only did she reaffirm that I was on the right track, but with only a few changes to his daily schedule he is a new, and very happy, child. Having Courtney is like having your very own cheerleader who is always on your side and without any judgement. Her check-ins are great and she is always happy to answer any questions – regardless of how many times my Mum brain asks them. I now have a baby who has consistent daytime napes, sleeps through the night and more importantly doesn’t wake us up at 5am. Thank you so much for all that you have done to help our family.

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