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At HushaBoo we are passionate about sharing sleep information. There is no point us keeping all our knowledge and experience to ourselves!! We want to share it with you making sleep information accessible to everyone.

Apart from our Free Resources below, head on over to the Blog page where a whole range of topics are covered. 

How Much Sleep Guide
sleep diary

YES! Please send me the Sleep Diary

This guide gives you the average sleep needed for a baby or child at each range. With this knowledge you can then assess if your little one is getting too little or too much sleep, plus how many naps they should be having.

A common mistake for parents is to assume that their child needs less sleep than others. This is mostly untrue and can result in an overtired baby. If your baby/child is struggling to fall asleep and/or stay asleep then they are likely not getting enough.

 

A sleep diary is useful to get an idea of your little one’s daily and nightly schedule. When you’re exhausted and in survival mode, this is a great tool to accurately see what sleep your little one is actually getting. Patterns are often spotted when they written in black and white!

I ask clients to fill this in before any sleep assessment so I can get an overall picture of what your day looks like plus where and when your little ones sleeps (or not!). It can continue to be useful throughout working together to track improvement, and if you are struggling to implement any part of a plan, I may often ask to see the diary before troubleshooting.

How Much Sleep Guide

This guide gives you the average sleep needed for a baby or child at each range. With this knowledge you can then assess if your little one is getting too little or too much sleep, plus how many naps they should be having.

A common mistake for parents is to assume that their child needs less sleep than others. This is mostly untrue and can result in an overtired baby. If your baby/child is struggling to fall asleep and/or stay asleep then they are likely not getting enough.

 

sleep diary

YES! Please send me the Sleep Diary

A sleep diary is useful to get an idea of your little one’s daily and nightly schedule. When you’re exhausted and in survival mode, this is a great tool to accurately see what sleep your little one is actually getting. Patterns are often spotted when they written in black and white!

I ask clients to fill this in before any sleep assessment so I can get an overall picture of what your day looks like plus where and when your little ones sleeps (or not!). It can continue to be useful throughout working together to track improvement, and if you are struggling to implement any part of a plan, I may often ask to see the diary before troubleshooting.

sleep training methods – step by step guides

Sleep training methods are often used to help move away from current sleep habits and associations. Sleep associations can include being held/rocked to sleep, driven in the car, falling asleep at the breast or bottle, whilst in a pushchair or if a parent needs to sit by their side whilst they fall asleep. NOT ALL SLEEP ASSOCIATIONS ARE BAD! There is only ever a need to carry out sleep training if you and/or your child are struggling from sleep deprivation, are having tricky naps, bedtime issues and/or frequent night wakings, and it’s affecting relationships within the family whether it be between you and your child, or between parents.

Not sure what the right method is for you? Each method has a brief description below detailing the suitable ages and how it works. Each can be downloaded for FREE!

Still confused? Take a look at our 1:1 services which can help you get to the bottom of WHY your child isn’t sleeping, as well as discussing the perfect sleep training method that’s just right for you and your child.

Never want to sleep train your child? Scroll down to find the Soothing Ladder which is ideal from birth and can give you the perfect start to help build your child’s healthy sleep foundations from the beginning.

pick up put down sleep method
gradual retreat sleep method

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to the Gradual Retreat method

Who? Perfect with babies from as young as 3 months up to around 12-15 months.

It’s a great technique for younger babies who are sensitive/affectionate, to teach them to settle in their cot gradually whilst comforting them and reducing crying to a minimum. By gradually reducing the contact your child needs as well as the increased familiarity to the new approach, they will be able to self-settle.

Who? Suitable from around 4 months onwards, including toddlers and children in a bed.

The gradual retreat is a versatile method for almost any aged child who is struggling to fall asleep without assistance or parental input. It’s great for parents who want a slower paced, gentler method and have the time to gradually reduce sleep associations one step at a time.

pick up put down sleep method

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to the Pick Up Put Down method

Who? Perfect with babies from as young as 3 months up to around 12-15 months.

It’s a great technique for younger babies who are sensitive/affectionate, to teach them to settle in their cot gradually whilst comforting them and reducing crying to a minimum. By gradually reducing the contact your child needs as well as the increased familiarity to the new approach, they will be able to self-settle.

gradual retreat sleep method

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to the Gradual Retreat method

Who? Suitable from around 4 months onwards, including toddlers and children in a bed.

The gradual retreat is a versatile method for almost any aged child who is struggling to fall asleep without assistance or parental input. It’s great for parents who want a slower paced, gentler method and have the time to gradually reduce sleep associations one step at a time.

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to Excuse Me Drill method

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to the Bedtime Fading method

Who? Great for children in a bed from around the age of 3 years onwards.

This method is perfect for older children who have the ability to understand reason and abstract though. It’s a gentle method that allows the parent to leave the room for increasing intervals until their child is happy to settle with you out of the room.

 

Who? Can be used from around 18-24 months onwards.

This technique is great for toddlers and older children who are struggling to fall asleep without help, as well as those who are falling asleep way past their ideal bedtime. Often used in conjunction with another method when sleep associations are present, but can also be used as a stand alone method to gain control of bedtime battles and where children have become used to falling asleep with stress and anxiety.

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to Excuse Me Drill method

Who? Great for children in a bed from around the age of 3 years onwards.

This method is perfect for older children who have the ability to understand reason and abstract though. It’s a gentle method that allows the parent to leave the room for increasing intervals until their child is happy to settle with you out of the room.

 

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to the Bedtime Fading method

Who? Can be used from around 18-24 months onwards.

This technique is great for toddlers and older children who are struggling to fall asleep without help, as well as those who are falling asleep way past their ideal bedtime. Often used in conjunction with another method when sleep associations are present, but can also be used as a stand alone method to gain control of bedtime battles and where children have become used to falling asleep with stress and anxiety.

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to the Controlled Crying method

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to The Soothing Ladder method

Who? For babies in cots over the age of 6 months, until around 18-24 months.

Not to be confused with ‘cry it out’, this method allows a baby to understand the pattern that a parent can still be relied upon to return. Often a speedier method due to the nature of skipping to the final step of the leaving the room. Good for babies who get frustrated by you staying in the room, but not ideal during phases of heightened separation anxiety. 

Who? Perfect from birth onwards.

Although this framework can be used at any age, it’s more successful if implemented during the first 4-6 months as a baby is learning all about the world of sleep. It enables you to be a responsive parent but also starts the process of teaching your child when and how you will respond to certain cries and situations from a young age. Many people that implement this never have to use any other form of sleep training. 

 

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to the Controlled Crying method

Who? For babies in cots over the age of 6 months, until around 18-24 months.

Not to be confused with ‘cry it out’, this method allows a baby to understand the pattern that a parent can still be relied upon to return. Often a speedier method due to the nature of skipping to the final step of the leaving the room. Good for babies who get frustrated by you staying in the room, but not ideal during phases of heightened separation anxiety. 

YES! I’d love to receive a free step by step guide to The Soothing Ladder method

Who? Perfect from birth onwards.

Although this framework can be used at any age, it’s more successful if implemented during the first 4-6 months as a baby is learning all about the world of sleep. It enables you to be a responsive parent but also starts the process of teaching your child when and how you will respond to certain cries and situations from a young age. Many people that implement this never have to use any other form of sleep training. 

 

Don’t forget there’s a whole host of blog posts on topics such as early rising, sleep nutrition, attachment and sleep, plus much more!

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