Blogs: The Baby Listener

What to do when toilet training is not working

potty training

A reader contacted me with her son who was not a willing participant with toilet training. I thought it might be useful to share our conversation for those who are having similar issues, or those looking to embark on the journey and what to watch out for. Continue reading »

It’s chunky, lumpy time – the second stage of solids

Baby Boy Sticking Tongue Out With Food

So your baby is well and truly into the puree phase of eating, and soon it’s time to move onto chunks and whole foods… Continue reading »

Getting your baby to sleep – six to twelve months

Getting your baby to sleep

This is the third post in my series about getting your baby to sleep. As I have discussed in the earlier posts about getting your baby to sleep in the first few weeks and from six to twelve weeks, your baby’s routine will change regularly during their first year or so. And just when you think things are sorted, they’ll change again!  Continue reading »

Thinking differently about baby health

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Harlow was not a happy baby.  She rarely smiled.  Of the more than 150 babies I have looked after, she was the most uncomfortable I had ever met.  Harlow was in one of three states when I first met her: Eating, sleeping or crying / screaming. This is not an exaggeration. Continue reading »

Getting Baby to Sleep – 6 to 12 weeks

baby sleep

This month, I’m back on the topic of sleeping babies. In my previous post, I wrote about newborn babies up to about six weeks old. During this time you are probably still finding your way and getting to know your baby. Once your baby is about six weeks old, you might like to think about starting to implement the ‘the 4 Bs’ – Bath, Breast/Bottle, Burps, Bed.  Continue reading »

Getting your baby to sleep in the first few weeks

Helping your baby sleep

There is a minefield of information about babies about there and the issue of sleep is no different. Would you like to create an independent sleeper? One who is able to sleep through the night and resettle themselves as soon as they are able? This is article one in a series of articles that will help you on your journey, with information gleaned from many years of experience with newborns. Continue reading »

Early days with your baby

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In my role as a maternity nurse I often will be in contact with a baby at 48 hours old.  The mums that I work with are in a privileged position to be able to afford to get someone like me to help with the sleepless nights, often they have a cleaner also, nanny for older children, and in the UK, where much of my work has been, there are awesome healthy ready meals available, so that pretty much covers the basics of what is needed in the early days after having a baby…. Continue reading »

The role of communication in getting kids through change


Changes within the family come in almost any conceivable way.  It could be as joyous as the addition of a new baby all the way through to the death of a beloved family member.  Either way, I am going to mention what I believe is the most important aspect of change.  Communication. Continue reading »

Adding fun and insight to kid’s mealtimes

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As this month’s feature is a festival of food, I am going to offer you suggestions to add some fun and insight to kid’s mealtimes!

Where to start?  I believe that starting the relationship to food as you mean to continue with your kids is the way forward.  After the initial weaning stage of only fruits and veggies, transition them to modified versions of what you eat (modified = no salt and less spice).  Of course this is providing that what you eat is actually healthy, I do know of families that eat rubbish themselves – in this case, cook healthier options for the kids.

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Starting solids with your baby

Infant Eating Baby Food

In line with my holistic approach to babies, I am a firm believer in being led by the baby rather than a current way of thinking by any given institution. So, if a baby is showing all the signs of needing food at 4 months, I would start solids and if there weren’t any signs until 7 months I would wait. I am not sure where it comes from, but somehow it makes sense to me that having their needs met as and when required around food helps to set them up with a healthy relationship to it. At least I hope so. Continue reading »

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