Every child is unique, even within the same family, exhibiting diverse traits and behaviors.

We can have a family with 3 children and each sibling seems like they’ve all come from a different set of parents! 

Now we’re not referring to looks - we’re referring to who they are at their core. Their temperament, their personalities, how they respond to feelings, situations, sensory stimuli.

Have you observed significant differences among your children or between your child and other children you know?

You may have an orchid.


Dr. Thomas Boyce (American Professor of Paediatrics) coined this term. Comparing a dandelion flower to an orchid flower. Simply put, some children are like dandelions, resilient and adaptable in any environment. Others are like orchids, requiring specific conditions and the right surroundings to flourish. An orchid child is typically more sensitive and reactive to their environment, both positively and negatively.


As young bubs, we see orchids:

  • become easily overstimulated and overtired quickly and may need some more support to settle. 

  • become fussy when put down

  • show sensitivity to stimuli like light, noise, and textures

  • display intense separation anxiety and emotional reactions

  • may also rely on a higher level of parental input to fall asleep (this doesn’t mean that settling in the cot isn’t possible) but maybe an in-room approach may be more effective, depending on bubs age.


How do we support orchid children when it comes to sleep?

  • Establishing a routine early on can benefit orchid children

  • Implement a longer wind-down routine

  • Patience is key in settling and promoting sleep

  • Help to support and regulate their emotions during awake times

Sleep might be more challenging for orchid babies, but understanding their struggles and setting realistic expectations can make a big difference!

So, if you've got a sensitive petal in your household, a sprinkle of routine, a dollop of extra cuddles, and a dash of patience might just do the trick to help them along their way to better sleep! Get started here with our sleep guides! 

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