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Prenatal Bonding

Posted on August 25, 2018 at 2:40 PM


The importance of prenatal bonding.

Prenatal bonding supports attunement between the developing baby and the mother, and partner/father. In the womb, the unborn baby is sentient, aware, social and communicative in nature, and actively engages with the womb environment (Chamberlain 1994). McCarty, 2012 provides further evidence of the prenates’ nature and consciousness; she describes the p...

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Implicit memory, Imprinting, Behaviour and Sleep

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 12:15 AM

What is implicit memory?

Well, iimplicit memory is a subconscious memory related to previous experiences that are imprinted into your brain. If you tune into yourself deeply, and you become deeply aware of sensations, you can become aware that certain environments, sensations, smells, touches, tastes, sounds or situations will trigger a feeling and emotion related to a previous experience and time. Its different to our explicit or recall memory o...

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A Parent's Christmas Toolkit for Children's Sleep

Posted on December 5, 2015 at 6:50 AM


The festive season is approaching and preparations are underway in many households! Excitement mounts as anticipation of the big day snowballs…

Nativity plays, parties, Christmas shopping, gifts to wrap, decorations and baking! With all the extra excitement toddlers and young children can easily become over tired, over stimulated and find falling asleep difficult. So here are some practical tips to help maintain balance and good sleep for young children during this b...

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From 18 night wakes to sleeping through - with a continued healthy breastfeeding relationship!

Posted on September 22, 2015 at 12:15 AM


When our daughter, T, was around 4 months old, she started waking multiple times per night - 8 wakes was classed as a 'good' night, but she would sometimes wake up to 18 times. I would breastfeed T back to sleep every time, as it was the only way I knew, but it had become impossible to transfer her back into the cosleeper cot without waking. This meant I was in our bedroom cosleeping with T in our bed from 7pm onwards, as she was rolling and we didn't dare leave her alone on the ...

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The Art of Not Knowing... and not making assumptions about baby sleep disturbances.

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Resolving baby and child sleep problems is an emotive subject at the best of times! There are many different approaches, theories, strategies and so much debate. It can be very confusing trying to tease out which theory or approach is best for your family.

Rarely though, in mainstream sleep approaches is there deep consideration about how a baby or child actually feels in relation to sleep. There may be a passing thought that the baby may be upset or will protest when left to cry for 5 ...

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