Dorothy Waide

Dorothy Waide

Best selling author and one of New Zealand's leading sleep consultant's, understands it's ok to ask for help. With almost 30 years baby nursing and sleep-settling experience both in New Zealand and around the world. She believes nurture is central to giving babies the very best start in life and takes an holistic approach to her work. Dorothy is here to help and support families by sharing her knowledge and skills.

Information and tips:

Sleep and settling in the first 12 weeks

Learn tools to support with sleep and settling in the first 12 weeks, from nurturing your baby, feeding, winding, sleep settling and resettling. I take a holistic approach to my work and aim to support mothers and provide them with the tools, encouragement and support to believe in themselves as parents.

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General guidelines for babies

Sleep, play and feeding routines

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Nap Time Guide

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Tips for travelling with babies and toddlers:

  • Blackout tent – a great way to create a nighttime environment for your baby, especially during daytime naps. Fab for those camping holidays and also sharing the same room.
  • Travel cot – I recommend a light and easy travel cot such as Nuna Sena with a good mattress. Remember: a good night’s sleep makes everyone happy and, if the bed is uncomfortable, your baby won’t get a good sleep.
  • Sterilising bottles and teats – Use micro-steam sterilisation bags by Medela to clean and sterilise bottles, teats, pacifiers, etc in the microwave. They can be re-used up to 20 times and take up very little room. Check your hotel room has a microwave in advance of travel.
  • Travel highchair – The Totseat Travel Highchair is squash-able and fits any type of chair.
  • Packing for a long-haul flight – Work out the door-to-door timeframe and then double your supplies. So for a flight of 36 hours I would take enough supplies for 72 hours.
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