Brenda's Blog

Consulting with Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan Parental Guidance.

A brand new programme on parenting over a 4 part series just started on UK TV Channel W.  I am in episode 1 working with both Katherine and Katherine's partner Billy in their home among the chaos of a busy family life. This is what I do every week visit families and change their lives for the better. Happy to come and unravel your family challenges so life is calmer and easier.





Twin Boys


Dear Brenda,
I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. 
I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for the invaluable assistance you've provided to our family as a sleep coach. Your expertise and guidance have had a profound impact on our lives, and we are truly thankful.
Before we sought your help, our nights were filled with restless sleep and constant exhaustion. The sleepless nights not only took a toll on Raphael and Alexandre but also left my husband and me feeling overwhelmed and drained. It seemed like an endless cycle of fatigue, and we were at a loss as to how to break free from it.
Your compassionate and knowledgeable approach gave us hope from the very beginning. Your dedication to understanding our unique situation and tailoring a sleep plan for both Raphael and Alexandre was remarkable. It didn't take long for us to see significant improvements. They are now sleeping soundly through the night, and it's not an exaggeration to say that our days have been transformed.
Not only have we regained our much-needed rest, but we have also rediscovered the joy in caring for our children. The bond between us has grown stronger, and we cherish the peaceful moments we share as a family. Additionally, the newfound balance in our lives has given us more quality time to spend with our eldest, Gabriel, which means the world to us.
Your guidance extended beyond sleep techniques; you provided us with valuable insights and support that have made a lasting impact on our family dynamics. We are truly grateful for your expertise, your patience, and your unwavering commitment to our well-being.
In addition, we wanted to let you know that, thanks to your exceptional guidance, we no longer feel the need to extend the coaching sessions. The progress we have made, both in terms of our children's sleep patterns and the overall well-being of our family, has been remarkable. Your expertise has truly empowered us to navigate this journey independently.
We are also enthusiastic about the opportunity to recommend your services to other families who may be facing similar challenges. Your dedication and the positive outcomes we've experienced are a testament to your professionalism and effectiveness as a sleep coach. We will gladly share our success story with others and wholeheartedly suggest your services to anyone in need of a skilled and compassionate sleep coach.
Once again, Brenda, our heartfelt appreciation knows no bounds, and we look forward to the bright and well-rested future you've helped us achieve.
With heartfelt thanks and warm regards..


Sleep Training

Sleep Training....

Living In Small Spaces

Making the most of space.

Living in London or anywhere is expensive and we don't always have enough space.

The family here improvised for their 5 month old baby. As long as the circulation in the bathroom was good it worked.

Babies and toddlers are not concerned too much about where they sleep as long as they are safe, comfortable and have their regular comforters around them. What is more important to them is their routine and who is caring for them.


Weaning babies away from milk.

Weaning away from milk..

As soon as a child is ready to be weaned it is my advice to start decreasing the milk gradually to make room for solid food. I feel we drink too much milk in the UK and too much emphasis is put on how much milk should be in the child's diet. The NHS give us a recommended amount but in addition to the milk children can be introduced to other dairy foods like cheese and yogurt. This also accounts for their total dairy intake.
Many children have an intolerance to dairy so why place so much emphasis on milk? When their diet starts to become more varied with different foods it contains the vitamins and nutrients children need for their growing bodies. It's like a pair of scales, while we continue to give milk as the basis of the baby's diet the scales start to rise in favour of food but dip with the milk intake.

Bring it on! Big boys really get into eating solid foods and milk becomes less important. Food is the direction you are going. A mixture of mushed up food and finger food gives your child the opportunity to experience texture, hand/eye co-ordination, taste, social skills, language, smell as well as being a pleasurable experience.

A Happy Baby and Family

Two babies both 8 months old. One sleeps from bedtime to 7am the other wakes 3/4 times a night and still drinks a small amount of milk overnight.

Which baby is the happiest baby? 

Answer: The baby who sleeps all night!

It is the same for a baby as it is for us, we are much happier in the day if we have slept all night. The baby who sleeps will be better bahaved, eat well and enjoy the routine more.

Get in touch and let's get it sorted.... Don't let your baby or you and your family suffer because of the waking nights.


While children can be challenging at the best of times, this period of lockdown due to the coronarvirus has made parenting even more challenging. It is not easy being cooped up at home in a flat or house with no garden or outside space. Not having the usual distractions of a daily routine of NCT coffee meetings, nursery, playgrounds, classes, play dates, etc. are no longer happening. Some families living in built up areas are lucky enough to have some outside space or even a garden but getting out for some families has become a bit of an ordeal.

So well done to all those parents who have to balance the needs of everyone, stretch their immagination, home school their children, spend hours in a confined space of a flat and not get the usual breaks of school, nursery or other childcare that would normally help us get through the day. You are all doing a great job!


Why is it important to nap in the cot.

Why is it important not to nap your child reguarly in the pram, car, sling or anywhere else but the cot? If you do you are setting yourself up with a habit that is hard to sustain and impractical to continue. Your baby is not in a comfortable place if they are in the car or pram. It could be noisey, too light, not ideal for their posture, hot, and too bumpy, plus the weather could be bad! Your baby or child needs to be in a quiet place where there is no loud noises and they are able to resettle themselves if they wake up after a sleep cycle. They will get use to the motion of a car, sling, or pram which they rely on to go back to sleep. They can be disturbed if not at home and find it hard to go back to sleep. This is time in the day you have to yourself, to do what you want and catch up with your day to day jobs. You can relax, take a nap yourself, eat, send an email, or make a phone call without having your child around to disturb you. Taking a nap occasionally outside the cot is fine and any short naps can be taken on the go. The cot could be at another house, a travel cot, you may be on holiday, or just visiting somebody for the day. It also helps to settle your child into a routine if cared for by somebody else like a nursery or childminder. Making a commitment to nap your child in the cot as much as possible will pay off later when they have learnt to settle and resettle themselves without you to assist them.

Is your child an early riser?

It is often a bit of a problem if your child wakes early. While it's great that they sleep through the night you don't want them to wake too early in the morning. If they do it means it is a very long day for your child, they often can't wait for their first nap, they can be unhappy due to tiredness and it disrupts everyone else's sleep in the family. But you don't have to live with an early riser. There are a number of ways to sort the problem and if you are consistent and patient it should get better.

How do you know if you have an early riser as parents can have different expectations but I have always considered a 6:30/7am wake up time as acceptable. Before 6:30am is too early but after 7am is too late. You can teach your baby or child the acceptable time to get up by considering the following factors:

  1. ​Keeping to a consistent routine which is the 'right' routine for your child's age.
  2. Making sure bedtime is an appropiate time.
  3. Having a plan of action if your baby wakes early or your child gets out of bed.
  4. Making sure your baby and child has had a good dose of fresh air and stimulation through the day.
  5. They have not napped too much or too late during the day.
  6. You and everyone caring for your child is on the same hymn sheet, that could include your child's nursery staff or nanny.
  7. Your child has everything they need overnight i.e. warmth, a small drink, their comforter, a ventilated room ....

Don't expect results to come immediatey. Make the changes and keep going as with consistency and time it should sort itself.