Nurturing Sleep

Home of Emotional Wellbeing and Child Sleep.  



Welcome to the Nurturing Sleep Blog! 

My aim is to empower parents to support their children through sleep and parenting difficulties in an emotionally approriate way, so that each an every baby and child who experiences my Nurturing Sleep approach feels Happy, Safe and Reassured.

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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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What Parents Say... 2017

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 9:15 AM

15 months old struggling to settle:

"Ann has been an absolute star for us. Our son is a wonderful little boy, generally, as happy as can be...until he needed to go to sleep! Having been to three other people and trying various well known approaches, Ann concentrates on addressing a child's emotional needs and concerns as frequently being the root cause of why a child isn't sleeping. With her help, we hav...
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Springing into Summer time change

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 2:30 PM

At the end of the month, Sunday March 26th the clocks ‘spring forward’ an hour in keeping with British Summer Time. Adjusting to new times and losing an hour’s sleep can be disruptive for babies and young children’s sleep and may threaten your well planned daily and routines. With a little forward planning though, the adjustment to BST can be made easier for all!

Sleep experts suggest making changes to children’s waking/sleep times gradually in small steps,...

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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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