• Better sleep = better behaviour. It’s a simple formula.

    Better sleep = better behaviour. It’s a simple formula.

    ​Go to bed! Irregular bedtimes linked to behavioural problems in children Researchers from UCL have found that children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to have behavioural difficulties and at Millpond, we’re not surprised. Families report back to us that when they have worked through one of our programmes and their children are sleeping, the first positive change they see is the absence of behavioural difficulties. This clearly highlights our worries about the prevalence of so-called behavioural problems as ... Read more

  • Coping with bedtime when the clocks change

    Coping with bedtime when the clocks change

    ​ Tip 1 -  How to prevent your children’s sleep problems when the clocks change The clocks “fall” back 1.00am on Sunday 27th October.  We suggest delaying the start of your child’s bedtime routine a few weeks before the clocks change, settling them 15 minutes later than usual every few days, until bedtime has moved an hour later.  By the time the hour moves, the child will be ready for the clock change and hopefully stay in bed ... Read more

  • Safe Summer Sleep

    Safe Summer Sleep

    ​With more hours of light and warm weather, getting your child off to sleep during the summer can be a challenge.  We’ve put together our best tips for a safe summer of sleep to help you through… 1. A regular sleep environment Encourage a regular sleep-wake schedule, especially a regular time of getting up in the morning with no more than plus or minus one hour deviation from day to day including the week ends. Wake up time helps ... Read more

  • When is the best time to stop swaddling and how to go about it.

    When is the best time to stop swaddling and how to go about it.

    ​Swaddling is great way to help very young babies to sleep well. It gives them a really lovely feeling of security and for those babies who need to be held all the time, the gentle pressure of swaddling can replicate the feeling of being held close to you. Whilst swaddling can be very helpful in the early weeks, some babies struggle with their sleep when the time comes to move on to a Gro bag or sheets and blankets. Don ... Read more

  • Can I still breast feed and expect my baby to sleep through the night?

    Can I still breast feed and expect my baby to sleep through the night?

    ​There has been a lot of press coverage just lately about some new research from Australia  which tells us that breast fed babies are more than 60 % more likely than formula fed babies to wake during the night. This might not come as a huge surprise; especially if you’re one of those who are constantly up at night breast feeding. Of course it is possible to give your baby the gifts of both breast milk and sleep, but first ... Read more

  • When is the best time to stop swaddling and how to go about it.

    When is the best time to stop swaddling and how to go about it.

    Swaddling is great way to help very young babies to sleep well. It gives them a really lovely feeling of security and for those babies who need to be held all the time, the gentle pressure of swaddling can replicate the feeling of being held close to you. Whilst swaddling can be very helpful in the early weeks, some babies struggle with their sleep when the time comes to move on to a Grobag baby sleep bag or sheets and ... Read more

  • Should I leave my baby to cry at bedtime?

    Should I leave my baby to cry at bedtime?

    ​Opinions are forever changing about whether or not babies should be left alone to cry and sometimes, conflicting advice can leave us unsure about the best way to settle our babies. Last month, research from Philadelphia said that babies who are left to cry learn how to be better sleepers. This takes us right back to the idea that some of the “crying it out” methods, which had gone out of fashion, are in fact the best option for teaching ... Read more

  • Keeping your baby warm, safe and cosy on colder nights

    Keeping your baby warm, safe and cosy on colder nights

    During the summer months it can be a struggle to keep your baby cool and comfortable at night time, and on those few hot days that we had in the UK this year, lots of babies and toddlers’ sleep suffered. Now that the nights are drawing in and getting cooler, we need to think about helping our little ones snuggle down, get nice and cosy and stay safely warm. There is no doubt that if your child is kept at ... Read more

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