Blog from Gina
In exchange for a free phone consult I asked Gina, my other halfs niece, to write me a blog about her experience. Here it is and I think it will help many other mums get help and know they are not alone.
I am lucky enough to know Karen and have been given some wonderful advice by her since our daughter (who just turned 1) joined our family. Karen is someone who I have full faith in because I know she is very qualified in this field, understands babies and most importantly she is KIND and loves babies! To say Karen knows her stuff about baby development and sleep is an understatement.
Waking a lot at night
Last year we brought home a newborn who slept well and from early on was doing long stints of sleep. When our daughter started and kept waking up 4+ times per night at around 4.5 months old, Karen was the person I called as I thought it wasn’t the best idea to just keep feeding her all those times and hope for the best.
I did not want to be at either end of the spectrum – leaving my baby to cry or feeding to sleep every single time, which would not have been sustainable for anyone.
In that call Karen did me a big favour- she gave me permission to not feed my baby every single time she woke over night (without making me feel like a horrible mother!). Some feeds were ok as she was still a young baby, but some feeds went.
Needs and Appetites of a 4 Month Baby
Karen explained the needs and appetite of babies and how too many over night feeds can impact day time appetite and get us into a bit of a muddle (which we were in by that stage). With Karen’s tips my husband and I were able to respond to night time wake ups and be with our baby in a way that was gentle but also didn’t perpetuate a cycle of waking and feeding for months and months.
Karen also gave me tips on introducing solids and making the most of awake time- all extremely helpful and valuable information for new parents. The night time waking reduced and we now have a very happy one year old who sleeps brilliantly day and night.
Simply put, Karen is the best… she is knowledgeable, balanced and measured in her advice and most of all kind (to parents and babies) in her approach which is really what you want.
Thank you Karen for everything you do x
Read more here about introducing solid food.
And my new online Nurture Sleep Program.