6- 9 Months is such a lovely age. Your wee baby that you brought home from the hospital only a few months ago has now started to develop into a real little person with their own special personality. Your baby will begin to have desires of their onward these desires may not always match yours? There are some big developmental changes that occur in your baby during this stage. Your baby is becoming more physically active and mobile and is able to take part in so much more of your family/s life. Remember, every baby is different so your baby will develop at their own pace and in their own time. Your baby’s feeding will also take on a whole new dimension as you start to introduce solids into your baby’s diet, although their milk intake will still remain their primary nutrition until around 9 months old.

Many sleep challenges can be highlighted during this stage which can cause a lot of stress and frustration for parents. Around 4 months of age, your baby’s brain developed the connections to be able to self soothe. Your baby’s brain also developed the ability to make connections between their behaviour and the behavioural reaction from you as their parent, so establishing healthy sleep habits and having a good settling technique to use during those times when your baby needs more support, is key. The 6-9 month session continues to build upon the key foundation skills of the 0-3 and 3-6 month sessions but if you didn’t have the opportunity to do these sessions, don’t worry as it is never too late to arm yourself with information and to learn some great tools and skills. These foundation skills will see you through every situation that  tends to challenge a babies sleep such as neurological, physical and emotional developmental changes, teething, illness or even just a change to your baby’s environment or routine.

$200:      3 Hours

$250:      Shared Session – 3 hours Feel free to share this session with a friend or with someone from your coffee group to make it more affordable. It includes Phone Support/Cheerleading for a week, a Follow-Up call and Booklet for you both. So $125 each.

$35p/p:    Coffee group Session – 2 hours This includes just the booklet and does not include the follow-up support or phone call or the demonstration of the settling technique as it needs to e taught 1:1/1:2. If you would like to add this to your session, it will cost $50 and I will arrange a time to come to you in your home to teach you this skill which you will be able to use, every time to calm/settle your baby to sleep.

This Session Includes:

A Booklet: Of all the information that is in the session so that you can refer back to it in your own time and/or to be able to make comments/notes along the way.

A Weeks Phone/Cheerleading Support: You can contact me at anytime to clarify anything that you feel you need more guidance or understanding on during the week following your session.

A Follow-Up Phone call: One week on from your session, I will contact you to check in and see how things have been going for you. I always look forward to these calls because I usually hear about how much more relaxed and confident you are feeling with using all of your new tools and skills!

Sleep, feeding and activity are all interrelated so have an affect on each other, so I will be discussing all of these aspects during this session. When I am in your home, I also have the advantage of observing you in your own settling and how you are managing things with your baby through their feed, wake, sleep cycle. I learn a lot from this observation and so will be able to give lots of helpful advice, support and reassurance throughout my visit.

You will also have the opportunity to share with me any concerns that you may have and will have plenty of time during our session to ask me loads of questions. Most Mums have a list of questions written down before I arrive and I really encourage this.

In this Session I Cover:

Sleep

Normal sleep behaviour for a 6-9 month old

Understanding the sleep process, sleep cycles and phases of sleep

How to establish healthy sleeping habits in your baby; creating positive sleep associations and providing consistent, predictable patterns and rituals etc

Teaching your baby how to resettle/settle

How to prevent your baby from becoming Over tired or over stimulated

Feeding

Normal feeding behaviour for a 6-9 month old

Understanding the breastfeeding process

What to do when my baby is easily distracted when feeding

When is the right time to start solids?

Baby Bliss recommendations around introducing solids

Stage 1 (6-7months), Stage 2 (7-9 months) and Stage 3 (9 months onwards)

Finger foods

Waketime/Activity

Normal behaviour for a 6-9 month old

Routines/Patterns

Helping you to identify your baby’s natural patterns

Transition phases as your baby reduces their number of naps during the day

My 80:20 Rule

Settling Technique

My recommended settling technique, including a Quick Guide

At the end of this session, I want you to feel empowered with knowledge and to feel confident with all the skills that you have just learned. This is a very personalised session so it tailored specifically for you and your baby. Have a look at the blog I wrote on a ‘Typical session’ with me and read some reviews written by Mums which will give you a really good idea of how valuable a session like this can be.