Articles 2018-06-11T08:59:04+00:00

Parent Gift Box

Delighted this year to be able to offer a gifting solution to the expectant, new or simply just tired parent/to be in your life! Both a valuable and thoughtful present to include both books: The Baby Sleep Solution, All About The Baby Sleep Solution and also my award winning Sleep Through by Lucy Wolfe- 100% Natural Relaxing Rub and Sleep Spray. RRP: €80- Our Price €65 including delivery.  The present will arrive boxed and lined in tissue paper for

How to manage the clocks going back (GMT) on October 25th 2020

In advance of the clocks going back on Sunday October 25th it is a good idea for parents of young children to be aware of a few strategies that can be considered so that your established sleeper continues to sleep well or at the very least that sleep is minimally disturbed at this time. It can take a few days and as long as a week for the body, both adults and children alike, to adjust to a different

Establishing a bedtime routine

Establishing a bedtime routine could be considered the first step towards positive sleep practices. Helping to prepare your child for sleep time can result in a calm onset of sleep that enables your child to achieve their sleep with greater ease, leading to the potential of falling into a deep and more restful slumber. Introducing the concept of a pre-sleep ritual can be done from as early as 6 weeks of age-once your baby starts to respond to social

Managing Parent Preference

Very often when parents are preparing to improve their child’s sleep, one goal that they set out to achieve is that either parent, and not just exclusively one parent, may attend to them at bedtime and in the overnight period as needed, with ease- as it is quite typical that many children appear to have a parent preference for one parent/caregiver around sleep, essentially locking out the others parents’ efforts to attend to their child. Encouraging inter-changeability around bedtime

Managing your child’s naps under 6 months

  Naps are definitely hard, regardless of your child’s age, but none more so in those early few months as your baby’s nap rhythms are generally not established until 6 months which can mean that both you and baby are frustrated trying to achieve and maintain any semblance of day time sleep. Firstly, it’s important to note that having challenges with naps in the early months is entirely typical and not a representation of your skills as a parent;

Resolving the stand-off at bedtime

Resolving the stand-off at bedtime with your older child can push you to your very limit.  As your child grows, their ability to dispute, refute, bargain, negotiate and stall at bedtime is unequalled. It can result in bedtime taking hours and  may include parents spending a long time lying beside their child, or returning their child to bed on multiple  occasions, and filling all their requests for more drinks, food, TV, more stories for example. If this sounds familiar,

Sleep Struggles-becoming an older sibling

Lots of factors influence our young children’s sleep and with toddler-sleep highly complex in nature, then naturally it is not unusual for parents to report regressions in their toddlers sleep especially when there are significant life changes happening. It is not unusual for a toddler to learn that they are going to be big brother or sister and although naturally exciting, it may also be emotionally conflicting for them and they may struggle to fully understand the complete overhaul

7 factors that may be contributing to the sleep challenges that you are experiencing

If you find yourself struggling to establish better sleep for you and your young child then it may be worth considering making some changes when it comes to sleep time and throughout the day and also how you manage the your child’s awakenings. Unfortunately, a large percentage of parents report various sleep challenges, from resistance to bed or nap time, frequent night awakening, early rising and short naps, to name a few.  Although sleep is a natural process, so

Getting back on track at the start of the academic year post lock down

This is such an unusual year as the return to school is not just after the usual summer break, but following the lockdown from early March.  So this year has been entirely different than any other and the return to school- although mostly welcomed- brings a host of challenges for both for the adults as well as the children. A recent survey suggested that as a result of lockdown/summer holidays almost 50% of children were now going to bed

Working with you one to one gave me the confidence to be where we are today

It has taken me this long to write this email to you as I don't really know how to say in few words just how amazing you are! I was really struggling after having my third child with sleep, routine and working! Being awake at night every half an hour to an hour with an unsettled baby nearly had me driven to the edge! Your book and your work is amazing from start to finish! Working with you one

Getting 11 – 12 hours sleep a night

Just a note to say thank you for all your help. O is now sleeping great at home. Awake for her dummy twice a night but a quick replug and she is gone back to sleep. Getting 11 - 12 hours sleep a night. Loving her naps! Crèche sleep is challenging but hopefully all that will sort itself out soon. As parents we have started using your sleep spray and have had the best weeks sleep since O was

Long Days Short Years- A Message

To all of the Mums with your new babies who are finding things challenging, I wanted to share my own story as my oldest baby now has turned 17 Nothing could ever have prepared me to be a parent, but being a parent to a teenager is something else entirely. When our children are young, yes it is so hard, frustrating and tiring, but at least they are safely with you all the time and you can entirely call

Christmas Proof Your Child’s Sleep

“It’s Christmas time....there’s no need to be afraid...”.... unless of course you are a parent with a toddler or preschooler, whose sleep could be entirely knocked off course due to the travel, late nights and excitement that comes at this time of year. As the wonderful Christmas period approaches some parents will start to worry about how to maintain a well rested child and still enjoy the festive period. As it is a time of travel for some and

Helping you to sleep during pregnancy

Pregnancy sleep : Achieving good sleep when you are pregnant can really be a challenge. It is usual in the first trimester to experience extreme tiredness but then you do have the promise of the second trimester when you may hopefully feel energetic and mostly well. However this isn’t always the case and as your pregnancy progresses and your body increases in size, sleep can be elusive. Unfortunately lack of sleep can prevent mums- to-be from operating at their

What do you do when your child has a parent preference?

Very often when parents are preparing to improve their child’s sleep, one goal that they set out to achieve is that either parent, and not just exclusively one parent, may attend to them at bedtime and in the overnight period as needed, with ease- as it is quite typical that many children appear to have a parent preference for one parent/caregiver around sleep, essentially locking out the others parents’ efforts to attend to their child. Encouraging inter-changeability around bedtime

Clocks Go Back Oct 27th…here’s how to manage

In advance of the clocks going back on Sunday October 27th it is a good idea for parents of young children to be aware of a few strategies that can be considered so that your established sleeper continues to sleep well or at the very least that sleep is minimally disturbed at this time. It can take a few days and as long as a week for the body, both adults and children alike, to adjust to a different

Naps on the GO

Naps can be hard to master. Achieving day sleep for your child is potentially one of the biggest sleep challenges that parent’s experience. The best place for your child to sleep beyond 4/5 months of age is in their cot, in a suitable sleep environment. This also helps your child have good quality sleep and this has a positive implication for consolidated restoring sleep. However, this is not always possible and although I would recommend that about 80% of

Multiples and sleep

Over the years I have been in the privileged position to help many many families with multiples. It is hard not to be in awe of this particular group of parents, as they seem to manage with relative ease their family unit that involves a set or more of infants born at the same time and that will need the exact amount of parenting that we singleton families bestow on our children. That means at least 2 times the

We just want to say a huge thank you for all your help over the last month. You have literally been a life saver.

We just want to say a huge thank you for all your help over the last month. You have literally been a life saver. When we initially met I honestly believed that nothing could improve the disastrous sleep cycle that we were in. Our daughter had just turned 13 months and had never slept through the night. Eventhough she was in her own room she still woke up to 2-3 times a night and for one of those wakeups

A Volunteer Family Search is On

Hello everyone, I am looking for a volunteer family to work with for a "Not for broadcast television segment" on sleep challenges.  The criteria is quite specific so if you feel that you are suitable please complete the form below and forward to assistant@sleepmatters.ie for consideration.   You must have a child age 6 months or over with ongoing sleep issues You must be based in Dublin and available for filming in your home (ca. 4 hours) on Thursday

Sleep Challenges in Older Children

Sleep problem can linger well into the school-going age bracket. Sleep issues are not reserved for infants and toddlers, but if parents have reached the stage when their older child doesn’t sleep well you may also be resigned to the situation. Obviously the older the child is, the more difficult it can be to change long ingrained habits and expectations. With age, the emotional landscape shifts as well, however the principles of healthy sleep hygiene still apply and your

Sleep expectations-what babies can and can’t do

  When it comes to your child’s sleep it can often be challenging to sift through all the information that is out there-different schools of thought, approaches and expectations therein. As a practitioner, I really try to modify parental expectations where amounts of sleep and capability are concerned as I feel that it is very individual. Whilst we can aim for certain amounts of sleep per age range, as prescribed by either the American Academy of Sleep Medicine or

Sleep Regression

4-6 months Sleep Regressions & Developmental Stages There is a lot going on developmentally between 4-6 months, it is undeniably tricky territory. It is will be less tricky, if you have been establishing the positive foundations, but if you have not been, then along with the “4 month regression”, you may find that your sleep is worse than ever, and there is little scope to make changes outside of the feeding and sleeping suggestions. Don’t despair- you can be

Naps Through The Ages

Your child will generally require a day time nap for the first 3 years of life. This would typically be considered a biological need for sleep that evolves from birth. Without necessary daytime sleep, you may find that your night-time sleep is fractured, due to overtiredness, and you may also observe compromised mood, behaviour and appetite. Although day time sleep can often be challenging to establish and is ever- changing within the first 18 months; achieving adequate naps can

Clocks Go Forward March 31st-How To Survive

With a recent online survey in America indicating that 77% of parents are concerned with the effect of daylight saving will have on their child’s sleeping pattern and a whopping 59% of parents dreading the potential disruption to their baby’s schedule more than tax return season, I thought you might like some helpful tips to alleviate your concerns, with top tips for Spring Forward 2019. The clocks go forward overnight in for Daylight Savings – GMT on Sat/Sun 31st