Tailor-made solution with practical & easy tips

I contacted Mel when I was at my lowest ebb with my 5 month old son who had been waking every 30 mins throughout the night for months on end. I was exhausted and frustrated as I’d researched so many things but nothing worked and I was overwhelmed with contradictory information online or from others.

I honestly can’t thank Mel enough. Her knowledgeable, kind, understanding and non-judgmental approach had me at ease instantly. Mel will work with each family differently (I have an older daughter too so what we did had to not disturb her routine either) for a completely tailor-made solution with practical and easy tips to try.

Mel’s advice worked complete wonders for us and she had my little boy sleeping through within no time. Her aftercare is lovely too. I love how Mel still checks in on us from time to time to see how we’re all doing! I would (and have) recommended Mel to any friend going through any kind of issue with their little ones. I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without her! Thank you Mel xx

Oat and buckwheat GF loaf

Suitable from 12 months
Wheat, Dairy & Gluten free
Keeps 4/5 days in a cool place or freezes

Ingredients:

  • pinch of salt
  • 100g buckwheat flakes
  • 200g gluten free rolled oats
  • 100g millet flakes or quinoa flakes
  • 2 teaspoons of gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses or date paste
  • 500g pot of plain soy yogurt or any other dairy free yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or 1 tablespoon of cornflour if you do not wish to use the seeds

Pre heat oven to 200c
Line a medium loaf tin with baking parchment

Leave to cool thoroughly before slicing & serve with your toddlers favourite topping, on the day you bake it. This can be frozen in slices & makes a crunchy whole food toast.

Quick pasta or pizza sauce

Suitable from 12 months
4 to 5 portions
Dairy & Gluten free
Freezes
Keeps 5 days in the fridge

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, finely chipped
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1 stick of celery finely chopped or grated
  • 2 x tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • Pepper to taste

Place the grated vegetables and apple into a heavy bottomed frying pan with a cup of boiling water. Steam fry but stirring intermittently until the contents is cooked and soft. You may need to top up a little more water as you cook. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, cinnamon, paprika and pepper Simmer together for ten minutes. The sauce can be blended for food sensitive children or left chunky. Serve with pasta, as an ingredient in soups and stews, lasagna or as a pizza topping.  Portion up into freezer safe containers and freeze

Pumpkin custard

Suitable from 12 months
4 to 5 portions
Dairy & Gluten free
Freezes
Keeps 3 days in the fridge

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed spice
  • ½ cup of oat milk

Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend well. Pour into a heavy bottomed saucepan on medium heat. Heat while stirring continuously unto the mixture thickens and gently bubbles. Allow to cool before serving.

Toddler Mango Cake

Suitable from 12 months
10 portions
Suitable for home freezing

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of mango puree from a tin or from frozen, defrosted mango.
  • 2 cups of oats, ground into flour in a food processor.
  • 1 cup of almonds, ground into flour in a food processor (if you prefer a nut free recipe, substitute the almonds for 1 extra cup of ground oats)
  • 1 tablespoon of corn flour.
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
  • 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut (if you wish to omit the coconut, replace with 2 tablespoons of sultanas )

Pre heat oven to 180c
Line a 20cm cake tin with baking parchment

Place the ground oats, ground almonds, baking powder, corn flour and coconut into a bowl and combine together. Add the mango puree, stir together. The mixture will froth quite quickly. Pour the mixture into the lined cake tin and place into the oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the top is firm to the touch and springs back slightly when you press gently on the top. Allow to cool before removing from the tin. Cut into 10 equal pieces. Serve with PUMPKIN CUSTARD or a spoon of coconut yogurt. This would be a great pudding or a picnic/packed lunch snack.

Toddler Chia Chocolate Pudding

Suitable from 12 months
3 to 4 portions

Ingredients:

  • 300ml dark chocolate almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Stir ingredients together. Blend in a high speed blender or with a stick blender until the chia seeds have broken down. Tip into a container with a lid or large empty jam jar. Refrigerate overnight. Serve as a pudding, topping for porridge or a snack.Keeps in the fridge for 3 days. Can be frozen.

You’re gold, just like Laura promised

Dear Mel,

Thank you so much for your advice during our Monday call this week. Your advice came along with a boost of confidence that we can do it and that it won’t be so hard. Your method sounded easy enough. We started with the training right away and just had our night number 4 which S slept through! It’s a miracle! No crying, no dummy, no drinking at night. We only had to wait it out twice on the first night and he quickly understood that he just has to go back to sleep.

Once again a huge thank you! You’re gold, just like Laura promised.

Mel changed our lives

I cannot recommend Mel more highly. We got in touch with her because our 4 month old son was not napping longer than 30mins during the day and was waking every 2 hours overnight. After one phone call Mel quickly identified a strategy for us and after 4 weeks of implementing our lives completely changed. Our son is now putting himself to sleep independently and his daytime naps are the perfect length for his age. He’s also now only waking up once in the night. Our family can hardly believe the change. This is all due to Mel’s fantastic advice. Furthermore, she went above and beyond to insure we were able to implement her strategy by providing support via text message. This was completely life changing given we were so sleep deprived and anxious being first time parents. We are so grateful to Mel for all her support and will continue to consult her as our son grows if we face further challenges. Thank you, Mel you are a God-send!

Parents reunited with sleep

Mel came to our rescue when our daughter was eight months old. She has previously been sleeping through the night, caught a cough and cold and for 12 weeks straight woke every hour and a half in the night. I was due back to work and getting next to no sleep!

Mel came to our house to meet us and went through Georgia’s sleep patterns with us. She highlighted things we may have been doing wrong and bad habits Georgia has gotten herself into which we were only making worse by feeding her each time she woke in the night as a quick attempt at getting her back into her cot without really addressing the real issue. A few days of hard work breaking her sleep associations enabled us to be successful at re-settling her without removing her from the cot.

These days we are getting much more sleep. She still wakes some nights once or twice but getting her back to sleep is usually quick. We are having more and more episodes of sleeping through too. We would recommend Mel to other parents with young sleep thieves.

New born baby sleep

New born babies typically sleep for 16 to 18 hours in a 24-hour period.

If you and your baby had a particularly traumatic delivery, she might want to sleep all the time in the beginning, apart from when she wakes up for a feed.

During the first few days after the delivery, baby will need to rest and recover. Coming into the world must be exhausting. This will give a new mother a little time for extra sleep and a chance to recuperate a little. Gradually you will notice sleep patterns and cycles develop. While adults have sleep cycles of round 90 to 100 minutes long, going from slow wave sleep to REM, a baby from birth to around 6 months old will have shorter cycles of 45 to 50 minutes.

Babies have periods of quiet sleep and active sleep, basically lighter sleep and deep sleep. Have you ever noticed how your baby seems to be zonked out whilst sleeping in your arms yet as soon as you place her in her cot or crib she stirs and immediately starts to cry almost waking fully? If this sounds familiar then you baby was in a light sleep as you put her down in her crib. Often, if you wait for a little longer, for her to go into a deep sleep, she would quietly remain settled with eyes tightly closed and not noticed her change in environment.

Your new born baby will have sleep cycles of 45 to 50 minutes. During the transition between lighter sleep and deep sleep she may stir and need to be resettled. She also will stir from a deeper sleep at the end of a cycle for be fed or because she has other needs to be fulfilled such as a nappy change, wind, too hot too cold or contact with a parent. Most babies will need help to get to sleep, or will need help to learn how to put themselves to sleep. During the first month, its normal for a breast-fed baby to wake as often as every 2 hours for a feed. Because regular night waking in the early weeks and months is a survival mechanism for a new born and the oxytocin hormone secreted in mother’s milk is a natural sedative. Therefore, it’s quite usual for baby to associate nursing back to sleep as the only way to settle. Nursing to sleep is a very natural and healthy way to settle a young baby, it’s a great time for mother and baby bonding. These isn’t anything wrong with this and you should ignore anyone who suggests otherwise.

I’ve heard many times “never allow the baby to fall asleep on the breast” and I suggest if this advice is given you may wish to take it with a large pinch of salt as mother nature has her own opinion. Allowing your young baby to nurse for however long and often as she wishes when she wakes from a sleep develops a sense of security and comfort and apart from helping develop mother baby bond, allowing a new mother to feel relaxed and develop a good milk supply.