Tizzie Hall has been caring for babies and children just about for ever. Like Gina Ford, she’s a Marmite choice – parents tend to either love or loathe her methods, but the ones that love it say it’s changed their lives. The Save Our Sleep method is an holistic approach which looks at the whole picture, not just sleep and settling.
How it works: Tizzie – dubbed ‘The International Baby Whisperer’ – believes there are four main things that affect a baby’s sleep: routine, hunger, coldness and diet and says that simply addressing these four factors often changes a poor sleeper into a good one. You look at your baby’s routine first – too little awake time will result in him going to bed and just napping rather than sleeping, while too much awake time can make a baby overtired and not sleep well. You’re encouraged to keep to a regular routine so your baby knows what to expect each day.
To ensure your baby isn’t hungry, Tizzie recommends never restricting the amount of breast, formula milk and/or solids they are given and getting the texture of your baby’s food right – the wrong texture can restrict how much he eats and leave him hungry. To rule out coldness, Save Our Sleep looks at the temperature of the baby’s room, as well as what bedding is used. Tizzie believes a baby who wakes between 4am and 5am is often cold. Finally, the plan looks at diet, as what a baby eats or drinks can affect their sleep and certain foods have been linked to night waking.
Might suit parents who: Like to think outside the box a bit and like to have all bases covered.
Might not suit parents who: Don’t want a plan that’s too prescriptive. Save Our Sleep has great results because it looks at every part of your baby’s day-to-day life, but some parents aren’t keen on this aspect of the plan.
Mums say: ‘I just love SOS we started Charlie at six weeks old. I planned to spend a few days at home just to get her used to the routine. The first night she woke twice throughout the night for a feed. It took Charlie about a week and a half of following SOS before she began sleeping through the night. After feeding her at 10pm I would then wake her at 7am. Before I began SOS, Charlie would catnap all through the day and there were days where she wouldn’t let me put her down to even have a shower.
Now she sleeps in solid blocks during the day making my life much easier. It’s also easier for her carers whilst I am at work as they know what she needs because the routine guides them. SOS helped me return to work and it helped my husband and I enjoy our little girl that little bit more because she’s so happy and we aren’t sleep deprived!’ Cat, mum to Charlie, now five months.
Tizzie’s website can be found at www.saveoursleep.com