The effects of sleep deprivation in parents

My philosophy has always been and always will be that a happy parent results in a happy baby.

I’d like to make a start on this blog by pointing out the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation in parents.

I don’t think it’s selfish to want to create good feeding and sleeping patterns that enable your baby or child to sleep through the night so that you can sleep too.

Clearly, during first few months of life there is inevitably going to be a period of night-time feeding and disrupted nights, but this need not carry on for months or years.

Following my advice can help prevent prolonged periods of sleep deprivation that can cause a long list of detrimental effects which often show up in parents who are deficient in the appropriate amount of sleep.

If you recognise any of the following, do get in touch so that I can help you get on track to a better night’s sleep and help you enjoy the process of parenting.

Moods swings, irritability and lack of patience.
Difficulty in controlling emotions, headaches, impaired memory.
Inability to think logically, feeling depressed or highly anxious.
Digestive disorders, heightened sensitivity to pain, slower reactions and reflexes or even difficulty with sight and visual focus.

I am constantly hearing from parents that are suffering from at least one from the above.

Not long ago, I heard from a mum who drove to the supermarket and then caught the bus home because she forgot she had driven there!
Another had absentmindedly put the house keys in the freezer, turned the whole house over trying to find them to no avail. She ended up getting the locks changed because she wasn’t sure where they’d gone. Only to find them following day when she was grabbing a bag of peas!

Recently and altogether more seriously, a mum was feeling so overwhelmed and depressed that she hadn’t left the house for weeks.

I’m here to help you make life as a parent easier. To help you feel more confident, as a more confident parent generally results in a happier child.
It’s such a shame to see parents surviving day to day, not knowing that following a few of my simple steps to a better night’s sleep will dramatically improve family life.

In my next blog, I will be talking about the effects of sleep deprivation in babies and children, but I wanted to start with the parents as I feel that you should recognise that your needs matter too!


Giving your baby or child the right balance of nutrition, exercise, stimulation and rest during the day all contribute towards getting a good nights sleep.

I recently helped a lovely family in London to sort out their daughter’s sleep issues, and within a couple of weeks, she’s now sleeping like a dream.

During our consultation, while discussing nutrition; I was delighted to hear that the mum loves cooking and always endeavours to use 100% natural ingredients.

She is currently launching a fantastic new venture with two other mums called Little Pickle Pots. If you find yourself time poor or don’t find home cooking easy for your baby or child, then this is the product for you.

They offer a weekly service delivered to your door. Please see their website to find out more
This really is guilt free convenience and so much better for your little ones, than heavily processed pouches and jars.

Happy New Year

Welcome to my redesigned website and new blog. One of the things that I’ve noticed over the last year in helping new Mums and Dads is it’s often the small things that make the biggest difference. So what I’ve decided to do, is give you regular bite sized nuggets of helpful information, that I know works. Keep an eye on my feed and you never know you might just pick up a tip that makes all the difference.

I’ve put a short film up on the site, who knew just being yourself could be so difficult?
All we needed to do was a piece to camera about me and an overview of one of my consultations.
What could possibly go wrong?!
I now have a whole new level of respect for all those professionals who make it look so effortless.
I live in West London under the Heathrow flightpath, and we were shooting on a Friday morning, so were interrupted about every 90 seconds.
Just when I’d got used to the fact that I needed to get it right in a very small window, they started digging up the road outside too!
Thanks to a very patient crew we finally got what we needed and were off to the consultation.
It’s so much more difficult to do anything when you’ve got a team of people scrutinising your every move, but Lydia and her baby daughter were naturals, in fact Rose slept right through her TV debut!
No I won’t be adding a filming service to help my clients children to sleep.
Have look at a day in my life squeezed into a couple of minutes and see what you think.

I’m one of Mothercare’s guest experts, which means I’m in store every week for a couple of hours meeting and hopefully helping expectant and new parents. The other great thing about this gig is I get to see new products as they’re launched. Over the years I’ve built up a catalogue of tried and tested products that can really make a difference, keep tuning in to this feed and I’ll share them with you and highlight anything up to the minute that catches my eye.