For 15 years, Baby Care Advice has been providing consultations to parents around the globe. In such a technologically advanced age, we can now provide personal and expert consultations via telephone, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype or email no matter where your family lives.
Our highly popular articles enable parents to enhance their parenting knowledge while our consultation service provides the level of information, guidance and emotional support that each client requires to resolve their baby or toddler care predicament. As a result, the children gain contentment and our clients’ confidence and enjoyment in their parenting role is enhanced.
After many years working on a child health advisory line, founder of Baby Care Advice, Rowena Bennett found it was not necessary to be in the same room as parents and baby in order to assess the cause of a baby care problem and provide parents with key information they needed to resolve their baby's troubled behavior.
Baby care Advice has now supported thousands of moms, dads, grandparents and carers overcome their baby or toddler care issues.
I was a registered nurse and midwife, before having children. The challenges I experienced in caring for my children as babies influenced my professional career. After my youngest started school I trained as a mental health nurse and later undertook further studies to become a child health nurse. That was when I discovered the stress my whole family had endured in those early years could have been avoided. I finally understood the reasons for my children's sleeping issues, and how easily I could have remedied the situation had I known.
I have now dedicated my professional career to assisting parents to resolve baby care problems. For 20 years I worked at an Early Parenting Education Center in Australia. I worked side by side with parents and was provided countless opportunities to observe first-hand the diverse range of problems that trouble healthy babies and toddlers, and witnessed how these problems resolve once parents make appropriate adjustments to their childcare practices. Through the accumulation of more than eight years of professional education relevant to promoting the health of babies and children, and the many years of hands-on experience working closely with families, I have learned what works and what doesn’t when it comes to the care of physically well babies and toddlers.
I love what I do. The reward of knowing that I played a key role in helping parents resolve a problem that has caused them weeks or months of stress, coupled with sharing the joy that parents experience when they discover how much fun it is to care for their now content child, is priceless. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
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“I have a 9 week old baby daughter who is working herself towards a nice little routine for her days thanks to Rowena. Up until my daughter was 4 weeks old, we would rock or pat her to sleep in our arms and put her down. She would, however, either wake up as soon as we put her down or wake up after a short 10-15 minute nap. My husband and I realized that we were spending our entire day trying to get her to nap with little success. I decided to look at the message boards o ”Paula View All
“I am so glad I found Rowena. I was at my wits end with my 2.5 month old son's sleeping (or lack of it). He was refusing to sleep all day, from 6am until about 7pm. He did this for about 2 weeks straight, EVERYDAY. The only way I could get him to sleep was either rocking him in my arms or pushing him in the pram, only to have him wake up after 15-30 minutes each and every single time after I put him down. It was a real hassle the whole day through, and I was going crazy! & ”Brandi View All
“5mths ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I was so happy when I finally gave birth following fertility treatment. Everything was going so well with my daughter up until feeding times. She is bottle fed and would scream and cry at every feed. I was beginning to dread her next feed as she was so upset. I felt so anxious that I did not know what was upsetting my baby so much, and a failure that I couldn't feed her properly. She would tense up and scream af ”Angela View All
“For the first 4.5 months of my daughter’s life, I hated being a mother. My daughter cried between six and 12 hours a day, refused to sleep except for 15-minute catnaps in our arms and was the most miserable baby I had ever seen or heard of. I dreaded every day with her. I felt like a failure as a parent and cried just as much as my baby did. At first, my husband and I desperately searched the medical community to find answers to our daughter’s problems.   ”McKenna View All
“Rowena was referred to me through a family friend whose child had sleep issues. She said Rowena was a godsend and at that point, I was willing to try it. As a first time Mom, I was unsure of just about every thing and really needed guidance on my particular situation. My son was 12 months old and did not have any type of schedule. He was only sleeping about 3 to 4 hours at a shot and I knew I was going back to work in a few weeks and was desperate to get him to sleep through th ”Andrea View All
“I’m very happy that I’ve found Rowena. If it wasn’t for her advice & guidance we would still be suffering sleepless nights. My son woke up every hour at night even though he was 15 months old. Until Rowena, we tried everything and we just couldn’t succeed. Rowena was there at every step with us and she explained everything in detail. She was kind, responsive, and supportive. Most importantly we felt secure & comfortable with her ”Nese View All
“God bless Rowena! I'm writing this testimony in hopes that you will contact Rowena without hesitation. I searched all over the net for help with my baby's eating problems and stumbled upon Rowena's website. I was skeptical at first but she seemed to have so much good information on the site that I emailed her. I cannot begin to explain how wonderful, caring, and knowledgeable Rowena is. After the first email, I decided to get her help. My son's pediatrician was want ”Angel View All
“My 4.5 month old was fussy the week after we brought her home. Being a first time mother I thought the only way to pacify her was to nurse her all the time. Soon enough, I was nursing her to sleep or my husband would walk around with her until she fell into a deep sleep, which would take almost an hour or more. The older Chloe got, the more she depended on nursing as her comfort and sleep aid. It got to a point that Chloe needed to continue to nurse as she slept. I ”Vanessa View All
“My husband Jake and I are both are first time parents. During the pregnancy we were bombarded with comments from other parents such as "Make the most of your sleep now" and "Look out, you have a baby coming, so there goes your life". In some ways these off the cuff remarks can make the experience seem all the more frightening. I even remember wondering to myself whether I would be able handle it, or even if I was cut out to be a parent. At a stage just before the birth o ”Belinda View All
“Our 4 month old daughter started to refuse her bottle when she was 10 weeks old and after struggling on for 2 months and having contradictory advice from our health visitors/doctors (none of which managed to fix the problem), my husband and I were at our wits end - with things degenerating so much that she screamed every time she saw the bottle and refused to feed in any position (walking, sitting, etc) so we resorted to dream feeding her during every nap and still not reaching the milk intake t ”Bonita View All
“Rowena and her feeding programs WORK! My son Alexander was born with a heart defect and kidney problems that necessitated a 2 month hospital stay when he was a week old. While there, he was fed through an I.V. He never learned to eat like a normal baby. From there, he was put on an NG feeding tube, and eventually a G-tube ( a feeding tube directly into his tummy). Alexander has never eaten enough by mouth to even stay hydrated. We have always fed him through a ”Marsha View All
“Ellie was born with a congenital heart defect. After complications from her first open heart surgery, she was left unable to swallow. As a result, she had to be tube fed from the time she was 2 1/2 weeks old. Ellie finally was allowed to start trying to eat orally when she was 6 months old. By then, she had developed an aversion to anything in her mouth. After months of speech and occupational therapy, Ellie had progressed enough to put food in her mouth, but she wo ”Shannon View All
“I started to worry about Naiya's weight during my pregnancy when she was diagnosed with IUGR. I was put on bed rest and had twice weekly ultrasounds to measure vitals to ensure Naiya was still surviving - I also had a scare and was admitted to hospital to be hooked up for 24 hour fetal monitoring about a month before I was due. The growth restriction turned out to be related to a poor placenta and Naiya was tiny but a precious 5lbs 5oz bundle that changed our lives forever. Giv ”Bina View All
“Our 4 month old baby girl Myla developed a severe bottle aversion at 2.5 months old and we had to resort to feeding her SOLELY in her sleep, she would refuse the bottle awake every single time. Myla has been through various reflux diagnosis from multiple pediatricians where she has been on Omeprazole, Carobel (thickener) etc... her "reflux" got that bad to the point where one day she refused to eat awake so we resorted to sleep feeds as it seems harmless and she would willingly take milk w ”Ruth View All
“Our 3 month old son started having feeding difficulties from the time he was a month old. It was very difficult to get him to complete his feeds. Over time, the situation simply deteriorated. His feed durations stretched up to 1-2 hours. We went to seek medical advice in the hopes of resolving his feeding difficulties. All we came away with were targets that we needed to hit for his daily milk consumption. We were told that if he didn't hit these targets, our ”Haresh View All
“My son Cody has always been a fussy eater. We struggled with nursing, and then with bottle feeding when he was a few months old -- it just always felt like a struggle to get him to drink enough. When Cody was 6 months old, I found Rowena and Baby Care Advice, and she helped us to understand that Cody's fussy eating was behavioral and a response to the pressure we were putting on him to eat, and could be easily improved by following a plan she laid out for us. After a few days, ”Joan View All
“We had difficulty feeding Rose from the beginning. She never nursed well (later we found out she had a tongue tie) and was resisting the bottle at 2 weeks of age. Now we think she was in pain from swallowing huge amounts of air due to her poor latch - her belly was so distended I thought I’d have to go up a diaper size right away. Also we now think she later developed a bottle aversion due to force feeding. But at the beginning we were convinced she was in pain from ”Tina View All
“My four month old son (corrected age) was born at 27 weeks, he spent four months in hospital being fed predominately through a feeding tube and later on with bottles as well. When he came home he was mostly feeding with a bottle and whatever he didn’t finish we’d put down his feeding tube. Four weeks after discharge our paediatrician told us it was time to remove the feeding tube and let him feed solely via bottle. This put a lot of pressure on us to make sure he wa ”Ashley View All
“Our little girl Aanya was born a petite baby at 3.1 Kgs. At about 2 months of age, Aanya developed a very strong feeding aversion. One look at the bottle or the bib and the usually cheerful baby would transform to a very fearsome one. She would cry, arch her back and push the bottle away. She would try to kick us away and there were many occasions when we had to physically restrain her lest she fall from our laps. Her volume of feed went down drastically and our alr ”Vineeta View All
“My son turned 6 months old when I found out that he was not gaining enough weight. He was very distracted when I fed him, and didn't seem to enjoy eating at all. He would not let me hold him and would never finish a bottle. My daughter had similar problems when she was a baby, and I felt there must be something drastically wrong with the way I was taking care of my children. I desperately searched the Internet for help and found the Baby Care Advice website. I sched ”Joan View All
“Our baby Lily was born 5 weeks premature and spent the first four weeks of her life in special care being fed with a nasogastric tube and was weaned to bottles. Even when we left hospital with Lily being soley bottle fed, she never seemed to really enjoy eating and rarely seemed to drink the amount everyone told us she should be having. At about 7 weeks of age she started to projectile vomit about once every second day, with the whole feed coming back up. Three months after her ”Kate View All
“My son Rohan was born 2 months early. He weighed only 2.5 lbs. He was in hospital for 4.5 weeks & during his time in hospital he was fed via an NG tube. Rohan did come home & was feeding orally, however he was suffering from severe reflux. Eventually at 4 months of age he developed a severe aversion to the bottle. He completely 'shut down' & refused to take the bottle. We ended back in hospital & after a 2 week stay Rohan came home with an NG t ”Sia View All
“Our son had been a difficult baby from the start, colicky and a extremely gassy, already on reflux medication, but still seeming to be in pain when drinking. But he continued to gain weight and we were able to work our way through it for a while. However, when our son was right around 8 weeks old, he began exhibiting some symptoms of a feeding aversion- screaming when we would sit down to feed, turning his head after a few sips, refusing the bottle and screaming. Having previou ”Jamie View All
“Baby Culann was born on dec 11th 2013 and had some problems from birth, asd, vsd and PDA heart issues and also an exomphalos in his tummy, so was in intensive care for 11 days and in hospital until dec 31st. He was ng fed for a few days but was feeding normally when leaving hospital on the 31st. Unfortunately Culann got broncilitis and was put back into hospital he also picked up 2 viruses and was back on the ng feed, he was in hospital for 3 weeks and even though we would try to fee ”Charlotte View All
“Ryan had been a good baby until 3 weeks after birth. He started to scream with each feed as though he was in some sort of pain. This went on for a while until he stopped drinking from the bottle altogether. He was vomiting most of what he would take too. The paediatrician we saw decided to insert the NG tube in him to sustain and keep his weight up until the cause of Ryan's issue was resolved. We had a few months of tube feeding until I saw a change in Ryan. H ”Geeta View All
“Our baby L was born 5 weeks premature and spent the first four weeks of her life in special care being fed with a nasogastric tube and was weaned to bottles. Even when we left hospital with L being soley bottle fed, she never seemed to really enjoy eating and rarely seemed to drink the amount everyone told us she should be having. At about 7 weeks of age she started to projectile vomit about once every second day, with the whole feed coming back up. Three months after her birth ”Roslyn View All
“My son, Andrew, has always been difficult to feed (unless asleep). He entered the world a little early at 36 weeks, but weighed a healthy 6 pounds. I noticed he had trouble breathing and eating at the same time. If he choked, it was nearly impossible to get him to latch back on. It would typically take me 45 minutes to an hour to feed him. By the time I would finally get him to eat, there would be milk everywhere and I was usually in tears. I fed Andrew every ”Terri C View All
“Our daughter B was born about 10 weeks premature. She was in NICU for about 90 days. During her stay in NICU, she was tube fed through a nasal gastric (NG) tube and was gaining weight at appropriate levels. We were feeding her using a combination of NG tube and feeding bottle. Feeding was the least of her problems. Within a couple of days of coming home, B started developing an aversion to milk. Initially, we suspected that it was due to lactose intolerance an ”Laghima and Gayan View All
“Joseph was born at full term but with congenital heart disease. From the first day he was born a feeding tube was inserted in his nose, to ensure he got maximum amount of calories to prepare him for his open heart surgery. Also due to his heart condition he found feeding tiring and although would start enthusiastically he would run out of steam after only about a third of a bottle on average. Due to complications arising from his heart condition, Joseph had a prolonge ”Gemma View All
“Harry was born a bigger baby and had some fussy feeding behaviours from the outset. He was diagnosed by a doctor at 5 weeks with Silent Reflux and prescribed various medications for this. At 12 weeks Harry's fussy feeding behaviours really exacerbated. He drank less and less milk despite showing hunger signs, he would cry and fuss during all day feeds, arch his back, turn his head away, hit the bottle, kick, would not latch onto the bottle, only feed when drowsy and refuse some ”Sophie View All
“Our baby girl was born a healthy 3.5kg and she was always a bit fussy on the bottle but nothing too worrying. She never drank the recommended amount of formula for her weight but her weight gain was fine. Then, at around 3-4months she started to refuse the odd feed and would scream/cry when I persisted. I would reheat the bottle and try again and the feeds would drag on for an hour until I was forced to throw out the contents. When she would refuse a feed I would try agai ”Alison View All
“My son started to have feeding problems when he was about 2 and half months old. He was becoming very fussy with the bottle, and progressively got worse week by week. I took him to countless pediatricians, none of whom really could tell me what was wrong. One doctor suggested that he might have silent reflux; another told me that his feeding problems were possibly related to pain from teething. When that proved not to be the case, she then suggested to change his milk, ow ”Sarah View All
“We had been having extensive feeding difficulties with our second daughter from the age of about 10 weeks through until just recently when she was seven and a half months old. From that early stage she had become very difficult to feed and refused to drink from breast or bottle - every feed was a battle. We had been to numerous medical professionals, even had a two week hospital stay but, despite batteries of tests (all of which proved that she was normal and healthy), no-one was abl ”Andrew View All
“From birth my son was a fussy feeder and was desperately unsettled. At 5 1/2 weeks he was diagnosed with silent reflux and started on medication. He became more settled but his feeding issues continued. I started expressing to see if using a bottle made any difference but it didn't. I tried numerous different bottles and teats, feeding while sleepy, feeding small and often, spacing feeds further apart to entice a greater hunger, distraction, walking around whilst feeding, ”Avril View All
“Florence was born at a great weight and, for the first month of her life, she was a great eater. She put on weight with no problems and life was really easy. When she was five weeks old, she developed oral thrush. The medical staff at the time said that we should continue to try and feed her at the same volumes as previously, by feeding her much more often and with a fast flow teat. The thrush lasted for 9 days and, during this time, Florence experienced a lot of pain wh ”Rachel View All
“Baby Will started to have issues since 3 weeks old. He would cry during his feeds. He could only eat 2 ounces or less and it would take forever to feed him. Doctors thought it was silent reflux and put Will on medication which did not seem to help. At that point, we could still feed Will, even though it would takes ages and he would often cry. Since things started getting progressively worse. He had to see a GI specialist and have his meds changed and adjusted ”Olivia View All
“N was born a small but healthy baby. At 4 weeks we first noticed that she was having some difficulty drinking with her bottle. She would arch her back, and cry a little. We took her to the GP who diagnosed her as having silent reflux. We were told that she would grow out of it at 3 months and in the meantime we just needed to feed her however we could. As time went on, N's feeds became more difficult. She began to turn her head to avoid the bottle, push hersel ”Grace View All
“We started Layla on the bottle at 6 weeks, all was progressing well and we were asked to keep records of her daily intake to show increased volumes which we did until Layla got a sore throat and cold, unfortunately because we were focused on increasing volume all we saw when she got sick was decreased volumes and panic set in. We started holding the bottle in her mouth, days turned into weeks of fussing, crying and complete refusal to eat. Two hospital stays, numerous gps, a speech p ”Amanda View All
“Things went wonderfully for the first two weeks of J's life then he started losing weight and we were told to supplement his breastfeeds with formula to get his weight back up. Things didn't improve and J started crying and fighting each breastfeed until he refused to open his mouth to latch, so we ended up formula feeding fulltime at 6 weeks old. I was later diagnosed with Raynauds, but we never really found out why he couldn't breastfeed and I felt really guilty about not being abl ”Kirsten View All
“If it wasn't for Rowena our daughter would probably still be tube-fed. Without exaggeration hiring Rowena Bennett changed the course of our daughter's recovery from an open-heart surgery. Our daughter had open-heart surgery at the age of eight months and unexpectedly spent 45 days in the hospital recovering. She was intubated with a breathing tube for 23 days and had a feeding tube inserted a couple of weeks after surgery. She seemed to have lost her feeding ability duri ”Maria View All
“We used Rowena to help solve a bottle-feeding aversion and tube weaning with our daughter Maddie. I found babycareadvice.com on Google after having several failures working with local doctors and feeding specialists. Rowena was a delight to work with and gave easy to understand instructions on how to solve the feeding aversion first. It was a matter of my wife and I understanding and applying the “No-Pressure” method that Rowena teaches. After solving the feed ”Chris View All
“Winona was born with a complex congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. She started out nursing like a normal, healthy baby. After her first open-heart surgery, at 7 weeks of age, she began having trouble orally consuming the amount of calories the doctors’ claimed she needed to grow. They immediately placed an NG feeding tube to give her more volume. She was nursing or bottle feeding during the day and tube feeding at night. But each day she consumed les ”Shelley View All
“Things went well for the first 2-3 months of our daughter’s life. H seemed to be getting closer to sleeping through the night, and was gaining weight at a reasonable rate, although she wasn't keeping up with her birth percentile. When she had her 4 month check-up, we realized that she had dropped below the 0 percentile line for her weight. That's when things started to get really stressful. We began to worry about her growth and whether or not it was a real problem.   ”Margaret View All
“My daughter Emily was born with Bilateral Paralyzed vocal cords. At three weeks old my husband and I received the news from all her doctors that she would require a tracheotomy to help her breath and allow her to be a baby. We were scared and terrified as any new parents would be. A few weeks later she also was required to have g tube. She had severe acid reflux and with her tracheotomy doctors informed us the g tube would be best for her to give her food and nutrition. & ”Amy View All
“We had a range of feeding issues which started when by son was born, including a tongue tie and attachment issues which contributed to feeding being a challenging experience for us both. At 3 months he refused the breast completely and bottle feeding was becoming increasingly difficult. It was taking over 45 minutes each feed, and we would have to feed him when he was sleepy or swaddled, distracting him and feeding while walking around the house. This was an extremely stressfu ”Cartriona View All
“My husband and I met Rowena in the middle of our feeding-aversion crisis, and she helped us turn our lives around. We cannot be more thrilled to be writing this testimonial. We have a baby girl who is almost all formula-fed due to various lactation problems. Both my husband and I were incredibly focused on breast-feeding, so when we were unable to breastfeed, we didn't know what to do. There was practically no guidance or help about formula feeding out there. Every ”Sylvia View All
“We started having bottle feeding issues with Evelyn shortly after I was unable to breastfeed at 8 weeks. Evelyn would not drink despite going hours without feeding. We discovered Evelyn would feed in a sleepy state so we would dream feed her every single feed. It was such an anxious time in our household. We were always so scared of waking Evelyn up as she wouldn't take her feed. I was petrified she would lose weight. My 3 year old was being told constant ”Lauren View All
“We are so very thankful we found Rowena. Our daughter was born at 28 weeks and we had spent 10 months with an NG tube and doctors pressing us to move to a gtube. I knew in my heart my daughter could eat if just given a chance. I had spent tons of time researching options and we had hours and hours of speech therapy with little to no progress. I didn't know if Rowena could help but I knew it was worth a try. After a virtual meeting with Rowena, I knew we were on the ”Jennifer View All
“We contacted Rowena about our 2 month old daughter when we were at our breaking point… Since birth, our daughter Hadley had failed to stay on the growth trajectory that doctors wanted her on. She ate less than their recommended amounts and fussed violently when we tried to make her eat more than she wanted. Because of her dropping in growth percentiles, we were referred by our pediatrician to see teams of specialists. Here is the history: &n ”Jared View All
“Our story begins with a seven week stay in the NICU. Though most babies in there are premature, Caleb was born at nearly 43 weeks and weighed 12lb 13oz! At birth, he was found to have low blood sugar, which landed him in the NICU initially. We expected to be going home within a couple days. However, within hours of birth, Caleb began to require oxygen due to labored breathing. We had planned to breastfeed Caleb, but because of the breathing issue a nasogastric tube was p ”Amber View All
“We were in a really bad place when we found Rowena. My son had open heart surgery when he was 6 days old, and due to complications with his airway, he struggled to feed afterwards. He was fed via NG tube and the local team told us he would start taking more as he got bigger. Of course we believed them, but over the next few months, he took less and less, eventually refusing to put the bottle in his mouth, and it developed into severe oral aversion. We attempted a rapid wean at 5 months, but it f ”Jennifer View All