Firstly, welcome to Calmer Cuties!!

If you're reading this then you're probably one of the many parents who are, at times, struggling with the day to day care of a baby/toddler either in relation to their feeding, their sleeps (either poor or too short) or their grumpiness from perhaps not getting enough sleep. Your grumpiness from not getting enough sleep could be a problem as well.

So, could you benefit from a more predictable routine to help your baby calmly go to bed and wake up refreshed? Well that is what I hope to achieve.

Having problems getting your baby or toddler to sleep, either in the day or at night, can be problematic for them and for you. Life can be busy, with work and other commitments, and additional stresses around bed time (and potentially through the night) are not what you need.

Modern, apartment living can also lead to difficulties allowing your baby some protesting time without disturbing neighbours, so parents can be tempted to opt for the quicker, and quieter, solution of bringing baby into their room or bed to sleep then facing difficulties getting them out again.

We would all like to be able to put our kids down to sleep when they need it and for them to go to sleep calmly and without your help but the skills required to enable this are not given to us when we leave the hospital. There are a lot of books available, and they will certainly help inform you on tips and routines that will help, but the difference is that here at Calmer Cuties I will give you personal guidance, along with proven, established strategies, to arm you towards helping your baby or toddler to eventually learn how to self settle.

I will give you routines that are appropriate for your baby or infant's age and these will help you understand what is a hungry/emotional cry and what is a protest cry. Once the routines are established you will gain confidence in being able to recognise these much more easily than you can now and this will help you teach your baby how to self settle.

I can also give you guidance and support with breastfeeding concerns; transitioning from demand to 3-4 hourly feeds, depending on your babies age; weaning; introducing solids; removing a dummy; short day sleeps/catnapping and frequent night waking. My routines are slightly different from breastfed to bottle fed babies and can be slightly different for the same age babies, as we all know that all babies are very different in their temperaments and their behaviours. Also, if there is sibling around this can make sticking to a certain strict routine quite challenging. In my experience, though, all babies love and thrive on structure and routine and so do their parents!