Sleep. Something we all need / love / want more of. At Tiny Tots Sleep Consultancy, we offer a range of services to help support you with your little ones sleep problems. Our expert advice and support is tailored to suit your needs. We offer a range of bespoke packages, group sessions and one-off email support. So if you can’t find a package suitable for you, please drop us an email to see how we can help.


The infamous 4 month Sleep Regression!

So what changes at around this time?

A newborn babies (born at term) sleep cycle is around 45-50 minutes in length, by the age of 3 months this has matured to 90 minutes; the same as an adult’s sleep cycle in which it will stay for the rest of his life. Prior to this, when a newborn baby falls asleep they enter REM sleep initially (also known as ‘light’ sleep in which we dream) during this time you may see your baby twitch, eyes roll and breathe irregularly. From 3 months, a baby will enter non-REM sleep initially on going to bed followed by another period of this deep sleep towards the early hours of the morning. Therefore, most of the night is spent in REM sleep. You may find your little one is sleeping well for the first part of the night although tends to wake when you’re going to bed around 10/11pm and is difficult to settle back to sleep; this is due to the light sleep phase they have entered although mistakenly parents often wonder whether it is them who has woken the baby! REM sleep is still developing and can be disturbed further by movements although by around 6 months the REM state becomes more continuous. Consequently, it is imperative to work on your little one’s self settling so when they cycle between the sleep states they are able to put themselves back to sleep without your intervention.

Why not try keeping a sleep diary to help note sleep patterns, lengths of sleep, time between naps etc in order to help you establish healthy sleep habits and set up positive sleep associations and recognise any negative sleep associations which may be impacting on your little one’s sleep (and yours!!)

Clock Changes – 29th October 2017


Sunday, 29 October 2017, 02:00:00 clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 29 October 2017, 01:00:00 local standard time instead.
You have your baby/child settled into a good feeding and sleeping routine that is working for you all then…. BAM! The clock changes (clearly someone who never had children decided that this was a good idea!)
We’ve put together some tips below to help prepare your little one for the clock change. This can help ease your little one into the new routine, introducing these steps can help in preventing your little one waking at the crack of dawn – this is especially important if your little one is already an early riser!
It can take around 5 days for us to adjust to a new routine, so in the 5 days leading up to the clock change (so starting on Tuesday), put your little one to bed 10 minutes later each evening. This should be the same for nap times and mealtimes. So, based on a 19:00-07:00 routine, it would look like this:
Tuesday – bedtime = 19:10
Wednesday – bedtime = 19:20
Thursday – bedtime = 19:30
Friday – bedtime = 19:40
Saturday – bedtime = 19:50
With younger babies, it can be helpful to complete the above process more gradually, for example by adjusting their routine by 10 minutes every 2-3 days at a time.
• Ensure day time is bright and noisy and night time is quiet and dark.

• An afternoon strolls can help regulate the body clock so be sure to get outside.

• Invest in a blackout blind or curtain as the mornings will become lighter.

• For an older child you could – if you aren’t already – try using a Groclock and set the sun to rise 10 minutes later than usual each morning. This can be used in conjunction with a reward chart when your little one stays in bed until the sun has risen.

• On Sunday, put them to put at the new time. It can take a further few days to adjust but by sticking to your usual routine will help ease the blow.

Positioning and Attachment

Wondering if your little one is latched on correctly?
Watch this video below which shows a mother being supported in getting her baby attached and feeding effectively. Watch for that bird’s mouth!
For further support with breastfeeding, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can offer you support via Skype, email or over the phone. We also offer home visits (depending on location; we are based in the South East of England)

Early Rising

This is something we are asked about A LOT. There are a few factors that can be linked to early rising including late bedtimes, not enough sleep during the day and nap timings. By completing one of our sleep diaries we are able to gain a holistic view of your little one’s sleeping patterns over the week and together make a tailored plan.

If you think about it, when we are stressed, we often wake early in the morning. It is all linked to hormones, in this case, cortisol which is known as the stress hormone. This is the hormone which wakes us up in the morning gradually increasing over night. Cortisol suppresses the sleep hormone, melatonin, and in return if we go to bed stressed this cross over point happens much earlier causing us to wake up early. It’s the same for babies and children.

Contact us today for your bespoke sleep plan and say goodbye to 5am wake ups!


Nightmares will affect 75% of children at least once during their childhood. If your little one is experiencing nightmares it can help to avoid anything scary or overstimulating, particularly right before bed, and avoid stressors during the day. Nightmares are more likely to occur when a child hasn’t had enough sleep, therefore it is important to ensure they are getting adequate sleep. After the nightmare, reassure your little one but avoid being too excessive. From around 3, some children’s imagination can run away with them, including fears surrounding the dark, in which use of a nightlight can be helpful. For more tips on how to manage nightmares contact us today

The Bedtime Routine

Routine, Routine, Routine!
Routine is so important. Babies and children LOVE routine as it makes them feel safe. Having a bedtime routine helps prepare your little one for what’s to come… sleep! Having a bedtime routine can also help prevent future sleep problems.
The key to an efficient and effective bedtime routine is to not let it drag on too long where it can then lose focus. Half an hour is plenty of time. Things you can incorporate into the bedtime routine can be: a short bath, massage, lullaby, cuddle, feed and story. Be mindful not to create too much stimulation during this time. Once you have prepared your little one for bed, don’t take them back into the stimulating environment they have been playing in during the day. Instead, take them into their dimly lit bedroom. Some children like to have a nightlight, ensure it is one that doesn’t emit blue light as this can affect melatonin production.
The bedtime routine should be an enjoyable time for you and your little ones. We’d love to hear more about your bedtime routines 🙂 what are your favourite things to include?


Sleep problems amongst children is on the rise

Poor sleep in children is linked to a whole host of problems including increased risk of mental health problems, obesity, poor school performance and lower immunity.
The rise in sleep problems amongst children is thought to be related to a few factors contributed to our busy lifestyles these days including busy households where both parents are working therefore bedtimes becoming later, diets high in sugar and caffeine and the increased use of technology including phones and tablets which emit blue light which has been shown to reduce the sleep hormone, melatonin.
What else do you think is contributing to the rise in sleep problems amongst children?
Sleep Problems Mounting in Children
Kleeman, J, 2017, ‘Sleep problems mouting in children’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39140836


Top Sleep Tips

Top  Tips
baby yawning sleep

It’s tough being a baby!

  • Make a note of your baby’s sleepy signs to help avoid overtiredness. Sometimes these can be subtle. For example, sneezing, staring blankly, going quiet, rubbing eyes, yawning and fidgeting can all be signs your little one may be getting tired.
  • Always place your baby down awake in their cot/Moses basket
  • Establish a distinct difference between daytime and nightime. Ensure daytime is bright and noisy and nightime is dark and quiet.
  • Ensure the bedtime routine lasts no longer than 30 minutes.
  • Feed your baby before embarking on the bedtime routine to separate the association between milk and going to sleep.
  • Get some fresh air. An afternoon stroll can help with regulating a baby’s body clock.
  • Decide on a bedtime and ensure to put your little one to bed at the same time every night.