What Every Parent Should Know About Baby Sleep

Written by: Erica Neser a mother of three, and author of  two books on babies. She is an internationally qualified  Lactation Consultant and Infant Massage Instructor.


FACT # 1


Waking up at night is NORMAL, NECESSARY and to be expected

It would have been great if babies were born with a notice on their forehead which said: "I will start sleeping through when I am three years old." This way, if yours started sleeping through at one year, you would be terribly pleased. The fact is, small babies are NOT supposed to "sleep through." They are not naughty – they are human.


Sleep Comprehension Test

Written by: Erica Neser a mother of three, and author of two books on babies. She is an internationally qualified Lactation Consultant and Infant Massage Instructor.




Indicate which statement is true:


1. Deciding where your baby will sleep

a) is best left to the experts

b) should be done according to what your friends and relatives advise

c) should be should be done before your baby is born, preferably before you get pregnant

d) is a very personal matter


Dia's Story

I would like to share the experience which I had a couple of months ago with my daughter Eleni who had silent reflux. During the first four months of Eleni's life I used the baby calm website as well as other websites to gain information about reflux and to read other mom's stories. I always felt so much better knowing that there were other mothers going through the same thing as me. I hope that my story will provide some guidance to moms out there for babies with reflux.

Eleni was born on the 12/09/2013 at 2.4kgs, she had a low birth weight but came home with us from the hospital. At around 3 weeks old she had an ear infection and was admitted to hospital. At the time we did not know that it was reflux which had caused her ear infection. When we came back from the hospital we were certain that she would start feeling better once she had finished the course of antibiotics. However, this was not the case as she would scream, arch her back, and was unable to sleep lying down. Our first paediatrician thought that it was colic and we were prescribed colic remedies. The colic remedies never helped and one Friday afternoon I decided to research Eleni's symptoms and discovered that she was showing all symptoms of silent reflux especially as she never vomited. I felt such a relief having figured out what was wrong with her and was filled with the hope that there was a miracle drug which would make her feel better.


Sue's Story

This is the story of my child Mark whom we have affectionatley called Sparky as a result of his wakefulness!

My first child was a dream sleeper. Sleeping though from 6 weeks. I thought I had this whole baby sleeping thing sussed and didn't understand, and wasn't able to acknowledge, other moms desperation. You just put them down at the right time and they go to sleep! So our second child was born 16 months later and I went into a two child family with sleep confidence. Well, my confidence was soon shattered, my body was shattered, my brain was shattered and my relationship was taking strain. Mark would just not sleep! I became desperate, perhaps even a little crazy! In fact the sleep deprivation became so bad that I started to hallucinate. I will never forget coming through to the bathroom explaining to my husband that Mark had turned into an alien! The feeling of guilt, the confusion, was all a result of sleep deprivation. My cravings and hence diet yoyo'ed between excessive amounts of milo milk drink and fruit and veg, again, all as a result of me body desperately trying to get control with no rest. I would sometimes wonder how i had managed to drive my car, arriving at a destination with no recollection of how i had driven there. If the boys had fallen asleep in the car, I would park in the garage and sleep too. anything to close my eyes and sleep.



Lindy's Story

My little boy was born at 37 weeks in May 2007 after a long labour with waters broken. The morning after his emergency caesar he was placed in Neo-natal ICU as he refused to feed. After many tests that morning he was diagnosed with pneumonia and placed on a drip and feeding tube. He recovered wonderfully thanks to the fantastic doctors and nurses. When he was about 3 weeks old he started to show signs of real discomfort and screamed most of his waking hours. He would also get very angry when I tried to feed him. At the same time he would constantly develop chest infections. We were literally at the peadiatician every week. Our paed was an incredible doctor and sent him for a Barrium Swallow. Our little man was then diagnosed with cronic reflux. He was then placed on Losec. We also decied to take him off the breast and feed him using a bottle with milk thickened by a thickening agent. He improved substantially after this and became a really happy boy although he still developed chest infections often, which was put down to the refluxed milk spilling into his lungs. He has grown up to become a wonderfully healthy child who loves taking part in any form of sport that he can. He still suffers occasionally from "reflux moments".


Tanya's Story

Tanya's StoryMy husband and I were blessed with an extremely easy baby girl for our first child. It seems as if all the baby books I had read during pregnancy had been absorbed by her too, as she was a model baby who drank and slept pretty much according to book schedules. We had our trials with breast-feeding, which I found extremely difficult (painful and very little milk), and the usual sleep-less nights and cranky days during a growth spurt or over-stimulated days, but all-in-all, I thought this whole baby business was not as hard as some moms say it is and while I felt sympathy for moms who told of difficult babies or endless sleepless nights, I really didn't understand what they were going through. After my experience with my son, I can honestly say that I have extreme empathy and admiration for moms who are dealing with difficult babies and keeping up a very brave front.



What to do when you are stressing for two!

Stress is a very real phenomenon in our lives. We are living busier, faster and more pressured lives than ever before. Technology enables you to be plugged in at all times. But how good is this for you and more importantly how does it impact on your unborn child?

Here is a fabulous brochure highlighting the impacts of stress and the many solutions that are available to you to help you reduce your stress levels!

Click here to view the Brochure: What to do when you are stressing for two!

 To get in touch with the author Dr Nicole Bernic (Chiropractor) click HERE.



This weird obsession with ROUTINE

My first baby was barely a week old, and already some misguided fool asked me, "So, is he in a routine yet?"
"Are you mad?! Of course not!" (OK, I never actually said this, I'm much more timid in real life than on paper. But that's what I was thinking.)
Why are people so obsessed with routine? I suspect it's because our lives are governed by the clock, rather than by the sun, the seasons and our bodies. We have become obsessed with numbers and measuring and quantifying things, and now we want babies to be ruled by the clock too. The thing is, babies are ruled by their biology, by their basic needs, and they don't give a damn about your clock.

Here's a newsflash for you: Forget about "getting your baby into a routine"!


Spinal Health and Car Travel

Written by Dr Jacqui Bunge (Chiropractor)

As we set off to our various holiday destinations we have considered the house, the dogs even the post that clutters our letterbox. One consideration we often neglect is our spinal health and that of our children's.
With the increase in the number of road traffic accidents we need to ensure our children are safe and secure in our cars, and therefore securely strapped into a car seat. Experts believe that 80-90% of car seats are NOT used/installed properly. Nationally, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-14 years.