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  • Most, if not all parents are cry sensitive When I was a first time mom, I believed that baby’s only cry when they are close to dying. Hence the reason I was in a complete panic the first time I took my baby home and...

  • SLEEP REGRESSION   “Why do your baby’s sleep patterns sometimes regress, what to do about it, and when to be worried” Written by: Petro Thamm               There is nothing more rewarding for a parent when finally, they feel as if they have won the “no...

  • HOW I SLEEP TRAINED MY BABY WITHOUT ALLOWING HIM TO “CRY-IT-OUT” Sumari, as the co-owner of a Production Company that does lullaby’s for baby’s (zzzz Lullabyes), expected some kind of success in getting her baby to sleep!  What is more, with the help of her...

  • How Does Your Child Sleep? Tips for Raising an Independent Sleeper… By Petro Thamm Sleep. We all need it, and we don’t know how important it is until we can’t get enough of it? Are you a mother? Then you know EXACTLY what I’m talking...

  • Sleep Training Multiples Once upon a time, I found myself with 4 children under the age of two. Yes, crazy! I had triplet girls who had just turned two when their baby brother was born. Most people cannot believe I survived, neither can I, really!...

  • We spend a third of our lives sleeping, an activity as vital to our health and well-being as eating and exercise. But exactly why we need sleep hasn’t always been clear. We know that sleep makes us feel more energized and improves our mood, but...

  • I was invited to dinner with a bunch of influential supermoms in the baby industry a while ago, which provided a platform for some interesting conversations. As with all informal chit-chat, the conversation quickly turned to a “what do you do for a living” refrain...

  • Read our new article about Why Sleep is Important. Written by one of our very own Consultant Corlia Dreyer

  • I have been a sleep consultant for 3 years and helped over 340 babies and their families in getting a good night’s sleep. I love my job, I learnt a lot in 3 years especially as I did not have any of my own children....

  • MAGNESIUM AND ITS BENEFITS TO SLEEP Magnesium, Zinc and Iron are three of the fundamental elements necessary for sleep. Interestingly, Magnesium can be absorbed through our skin as well… It can also help with restless leg syndrome and more.  “I recently went away with my...

  • Sleep training. What a heated debate. Ask any parent that has been parenting in this century and they are sure to have an opinion about whether they are for or against it. In our experience, it has a great deal to do with what parents...

  • The holidays are around the corner (yippee!). I hope that you have already decided what you are going to make for Christmas pudding. One other thing that needs a little planning is travelling with kids. Nothing can spoil a holiday quite as quickly as a...

  • I very often get this question from parents: What do I do if my child is ill? With the flu season approaching it’s a good idea to address this. Just think back to the last time you had a cold: Even though you felt more...

  • Times are tough and if you own or manage your own business you know how difficult it can be to find fit for purpose people. In fact, it’s hard to find people full stop. But the way we work is changing and there is a...

  • To Chiro or not to chiro BY DR NICOLE LOUW MTech Chiropractic (UJ) MCASA Is chiropractic safe for my children? Why should my child get checked, she feels fine? You have your children’s teeth checked, and most schools do an eye and hearing exam yearly, so why don’t you...

  • Every once in a while I receive a frantic email or Facebook post about the newest article that is doing its rounds on social media. I always feel so saddened by people who share information that they have not researched properly. By enabling the content...

  • BY PETRO THAMM So is a pacifier good or bad? My answer to this is it depends. Let’s start with the good…. Dummies have the wonderful ability to help trigger the sucking reflex in children and can also (according to Dr. Harvey Karb) help them...

  • You must have lived in isolation for the last year if you have not yet heard about Tim Noakes and his Banting (High-Fat, Low-Carb) diet. It is the dieting craze that has taken South Africa by storm. I love the fact that waiters no longer...

  • BY ANN RICHARDSON It is important to note that everyone wakes up spontaneously many times during the night. So, even if your toddler is ‘sleeping through’ the fact is that he is probably waking up at least 4 – 5 times a night. Most of...

  • BY MEGAN FAURE If your baby isn’t sleeping well, you are in good company – more than 50% of babies have sleep problems in the first three years of life. Sleep is definitely the most complex of all infant behaviours so it’s no wonder it’s...

  • In South Africa, the controversial “sleep training” debate has heated up considerably over the last few months. With so many puritan views on the subject, it’s difficult to discern which information is objective, honest and suitable for everyday families. With the vast amount of books...

  • “My toddler gets out of his crib!” I very often receive a frantic phone call from parents, wanting to know HOW to stop their toddler from climbing out of his/her cot. How come they sleep so soundly and then, within seconds, clamber dangerously towards their...

  • Good Night belongs to various internationally accredited associations, and as such, we have the privilege of accessing a wealth of information regarding sleep. Some of the very interesting information recently published includes: • A study completed by The University of South Australia following 690

  • One of the scariest things for all parents is the reality of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the unexplained, unexpected death of a baby who is less than one year old. Because it usually occurs when the infant is sleeping, it is sometimes...

  • Here’s the low-down on Goodnight’s take for guiding families in instilling healthy eating habits in their children from a young age. Our resident go-to health-fundi, Nicci Robertson, provides us with savvy facts about being mindful and engaging when it comes to fuelling the family. Nicci...

  • If you’re panicking that travelling with your baby or toddler could be even more stressful than it’s worth, or that their sleep routine will be ruined, then follow these tips for easy travel Travelling A lot of parents worry that once their toddler is in...

  • When clients ask me: “What do we do when we want to go out during our baby’s sleep time?” I ask them: “Did you not know your life ends when you have children?” Of course, this is a joke! But, as with all things “baby”,...

  • When we become first time parents (or even second or third time) to a newborn, we are so worried about so many different things. Is the baby eating enough, pooping and peeing enough, are they sleeping too much during the day or not enough? And...

  • I had an unsettling call this morning from a lady who was in tears. She had been following an individual’s advice who called herself a “sleep expert’s”. As a result, the woman’s 10 month old baby had been vomiting; crying inconsolably for up to three...

  • Social media has been abuzz about a recent article published by Psychologist Sarah Ockwell-Smith about the misconceptions or damage one can do by teaching your baby to “self sooth”. Herewith my response: As a self-proclaimed attachment parent, Sarah falls within one end of the parenting...

  • A correct bedtime routine can really help your child transition to sleep As a parent, I am sure you have often read about the importance of a bedtime routine. This blog post attempts to provide a few “bedtime routine secrets”. The most important thing to...

  • There is a saying that goes: “The cobbler’s children go unshod”. Simply put, the son of the shoemaker has no shoe…. Very often, the cobbler spends so much time looking after his customers’ needs that he has no time for his children’s. I often find...

  • Is your baby not sleeping through the night because of teething? Teething babies: The good, the bad and the ugly Often these words are heard: “My baby cannot sleep through the night because he is teething really badly!” Most moms want to smack me around...

  • A recent Sleep Sense Conference in the United States provided phenomenal content and REALLY rekindled my passion for providing children and parents in South Africa the gift of a Good Night’s Sleep. I was struck by how much I missed my beautiful dirty-handed, Barney-watching, bambino...

  • Keeping your baby up longer at night/between naps will encourage her to fall asleep faster and sleep better. This is definitely a myth. Keeping your baby up longer at night/between naps will result in an overtired child. An overtired child will be fussy, cranky, have...

  • I always have a giggle over weekends because it seems like my phone is on steroids on a Saturday! My clients always phone me frantically because their children, who usually sleep so soundly during the week, struggle with their weekend sleep patterns. Contrary to what...

  • I honestly do not know why we always tell moms: “Sleep when your baby sleeps”. I remember when my son was little; when he eventually fell asleep, that gave me enough time to race to the toilet, and hurriedly gulp down a cup of tea!...

  • I very often get this question from parents: What do I do if my child is ill? With the flu season approaching it’s a good idea to address this. Just think back to the last time you had a cold: Even though you felt more...

  • Not as much as you might be thinking. Very often, when we talk to clients their main concern is that milk, milk supply, solids or the lack thereof, are the causes of their child not sleeping. This is a natural reaction due to the kinds...

  • SLEEP YOURSELF TO SUCCESS The average person sleeps for almost a third of his/her life. Yet, in today’s society, sleep is often seen as unproductive time and everyone, from teenagers to adults, generally sleeps three hours less than people in the 1960s due to modern...

  • How much crying is normal? Most, if not all parents are cry sensitive When I was a first time mom, I believed that babies only cried when they were close to dying. Hence the reason I was in a complete panic when I first took...

  • Is it really so easy? – Just give my child a magic pill? I wish I could create a magic formula that would make children sleep better at night. Imagine! You just sprinkle them with this magic fairy dust and they will happily travel to...

  • A new study in Pediatrics suggests that some noise machines can produce sounds so loud that they could potentially damage infants’ hearing and auditory development. If SIDS isn’t scary enough! Now we are potentially damaging our children by playing them white noise? As with all...

  •  The Web defines attachment parenting as: An approach to raising infants that aims to promote a close relationship between the baby and its parents by methods such as feeding on demand and letting the baby sleep with its parents. 1. What do people mean when...

  • Would you like to know one of the most important steps parents can take in order to get their child sleeping through the night? It’s very simple, very easy… and actually pretty fun, too! It’s setting up a bedtime routine. Now, I know you might...

  • What does cake have to do with sleep training I hate diets. I cannot tell you how much I hate eating the same types of food repeatedly, or how much I hate Cottage Cheese, tins of tuna and celery. I can tolerate exercise, on occasion…...

  • One of the greatest myths out there is to have your baby learn day from night (especially your newborn) and to have them sleep in well lit environments by day and then in a dark room by night. The BEST sleeping environment for all of...

  • Sleep is vital to our health. It helps us function better, mentally and physically and we only realise the immense value of it if we don’t get enough of it. It really is necessary for survival and we will sooner die of sleep deprivation than...

  • Would you like to know one of the most important steps parents can take in order to get their child sleeping through the night? It’s very simple, very easy… and actually pretty fun, too! It’s setting up a bedtime routine. Now, I know you might...

  • Most parent’s cringe when they hear the word: “Cry it out”. But what does it really mean? In the 20th century, behaviorist John Watson (1928), interested in making psychology a hard science, took up the crusade against affection as president of the American Psychological Association....

  • Is your baby not sleeping through the night because of teething? Teething babies; The good, the bad and the ugly I hear it so often: “My baby cannot sleep through the night because he is teething really badly!” Maybe I was just lucky that my...

  • I’m often confronted with individuals bombarding me with statistics (they have read on this VERY credible Google source called [email protected]) of how sleep training is “bad” for you. Often this is a taboo subject in my industry because of all the negative connotations ar

  • Sleep. We all need it, and we don’t know how important it is until we can’t get enough of it? Are you a mother? Then you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Can you still remember what it feels like to look into your partner’s...

  • WHEN SHOULD MY BABY GO TO BED? An early bedtime is advisable! Around 6 -7:30 Pm! Discover what time works best for you baby/toddler. Play around with the bedtime in 10/15 minute increments to discover his/her “window of opportunity”. That is when your child is...

  • I would like to share some wisdom today from Dana Obleman, my mentor and coach, on how to deal with sick children: Today I wanted to talk a bit about sickness. I noticed on the blog there were several people expressing some concerns around their...

  • A few tips from my lovely friend and colleague from Sleep Stars Consulting: Early rising is one of the most common problems that parents have when it comes to their little one’s sleep. The child may fall asleep with no problems, sleep through the night...

  • I am re posting an article done by a lovely colleague of mine: Pam Nease: What are the pros and cons of soother and thumb sucking? I have friends that swear by (and against) both! Not sure what’s best for my baby. A: “You can...