Hayley Chalkley

Hayley is a freelance writer, blogger, and grateful mama of four young people.


Previously a social worker, children’s services inspector, and college lecturer, Hayley runs local and online parenting classes offering support for families who want more peace and kindness in their lives 😍


A passionate advocate for children’s rights and a long-time home edder, Hayley writes about respectful parenting, natural learning, and intentional living at takingakinderpath.com.


You might also find her eating carrots, wearing odd socks, and dreaming of life in a van, usually with a giant cup of tea in hand ☕

Hayley Chalkley
Three years old child crying in bed because of nightmare.


Do Babies Have Nightmares?

When your baby cries out while asleep, you might wonder, do babies have nightmares? Learn more about what might be going on and what you can do about it.

Peaceful kid lying on a pack n play while sleeping.


Can a Baby Sleep in a Pack N Play?

Can a baby sleep in a pack ‘n play? The simple answer is yes. Learn all you need to know to make sure it’s safe for your baby right here.

New compact electric breast pump to increase milk.


How to Donate Your Breast Pump When You No Longer Need It

Looking to donate your breast pump? If it’s a closed system pump, suitable for multiple users, and is working well with spare parts available, here’s how.

Asian little Chinese girls playing with water and foam.


How Often Should Kids Bathe?

Your child doesn’t always need a bath to get clean. For some kids, too many baths can do more harm than good. So, how often should kids bathe?

Adorable baby girl eating from fork vegetables and pasta.


Toddler Growth Spurts: When and What to Expect

Toddler growth spurts occur between one and three years of age. While not as dramatic as some other stages, there’s still a lot going on for your toddler.

Sleeping baby boy waking up in the bed hugging toy and wipe eyes.


Wake Windows & How to Optimize Your Baby’s Sleep by Age

The basic principle behind wake windows is simple. Given the right amount of awake time your baby will sleep better.

Happy family playing and baby learning to walk at home.


How to Encourage Your Baby to Walk

Given a safe space to practice and lots of loving attention, learning to walk comes naturally for most babies.

Mom changes a reusable diaper to a baby on a changing table.


Are Cloth Diapers Worth It?

Given the initial cost and ongoing energy use, you might be wondering are cloth diapers worth it? We’ve rounded up all the info you need to help you decide.

Happy infant baby boy using training Bumbo seat to sit up.


What Ages Are Safe for a Bumbo Seat?

While the suggested Bumbo seat age is between 3 and 12 months, we dig a little deeper into why it might be better to wait until your baby is a...

Asian mother is breastfeeding baby girl on the grass field.


When Is It Too Late to Start Breastfeeding?

When is it too late to start breastfeeding? Whether you stopped breastfeeding and want to begin again, or this is all totally new to you, we’ve got the answer

Adorable newborn baby using a pacifier and wearing a pink onesie.


When Do Babies Stop Wearing Onesies?

The answer to when do babies stop wearing onesies is a personal one. We’ve rounded up the main issues to help you make the right decision for you and your...

Adorable baby boy blowing nose into tissue paper by his mother at home


How to Help Your Congested Baby Sleep

Humidifiers, saline nose drops, a steamy bathroom and upright snuggles can help clear your baby’s stuffy nose and help you both get the sleep you need.