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[ARTICLE] Groovy Babies’ Amanda Bude is helping Gold Coast parents – and newborns – get a good night’s sleep: Gold Coast Bulletin, August 2014

 

 SHE’S been hailed everything from the baby whisperer to the sleep fairy for the soothing techniques she delivers to Gold Coast parents.

But Amanda Bude, a ­certified maternity and child sleep consultant, laughs off those titles.

“I almost feel like a bit of a sleep cleaner,” she said. “When you go in there and pull all the layers of the onion back.

“I find the others are quite cliche. Really what I do is empower families with the knowledge and education to bring back the gift of sleep.”

Mums and dads across the Coast desperate for sleep solutions have been turning to Mrs Bude and her Groovy Babies consultancy business for help.

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DATE PUBLISHED: 22 Nov 2014
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[ARTICLE] Parents of Sunrise Babies Desperate for Daylight Saving: Gold Coast Bulletin, November 2014

TIRED and stressed-out parents are calling for daylight saving in Queensland as baby experts are bombarded with increased cries for help over early risers.

And research shows that little Queenslanders lose 14 hours of much-needed sleep per week from November to February.

 

“Mothers are in a tailspin,” said Gold Coast-based infant sleep expert Amanda Bude, who advises hundreds of women in Australia and New Zealand through her business Groovy Babies.

“Kids who normally sleep until 7am are wide awake at 4.30am. I’m getting increased numbers of calls at dawn as children are struggling to adapt to longer hours of daylight and hotter weather.

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CourierMail: Parents of Sunrise Babies Desperate for Daylight Saving

DATE PUBLISHED: 22 Nov 2014
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TIRED and stressed-out parents are calling for daylight saving in Queensland as baby experts are bombarded with increased cries for help over early risers.

And research shows that little Queenslanders lose 14 hours of much-needed sleep per week from November to February.

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“Mothers are in a tailspin,” said Gold Coast-based infant sleep expert Amanda Bude, who advises hundreds of women in Australia and New Zealand through her business Groovy Babies.

“Kids who normally sleep until 7am are wide awake at 4.30am. I’m getting increased numbers of calls at dawn as children are struggling to adapt to longer hours of daylight and hotter weather.

“Just because they get up earlier doesn’t mean they go to bed earlier.”

Baby whisperer Katie Forsythe, from The Baby Sleep Company in Brisbane, also reports a 70 per cent increase in parents having problems with early risers.

“It is becoming a bigger issue these days as families are so much busier and working mums in particular are stuck in a day to day timetable dictated by their jobs,” Ms Forsythe said.

The lack of daylight saving in Queensland makes the daily routine a drain for Jess Sacre,

The lack of daylight saving in Queensland makes the daily routine a drain for Jess Sacre, with children Asten, 4, Abbie, 2, and Ayden, 8 months. Pic: Luke Marsden

The neurochemical melatonin, which helps babies sleep, is at its lowest in the morning and peaks at 9pm.

“Sunrise babies can upset the whole household.,” Ms Bude said.

“Not only are parents tired but the children are exhausted, which ignites tantrums and general household meltdowns.

Twitter, Facebook and mummy blogs are flooded with calls for help with adjusting their kids’ body clocks.

“I see parents who are so tired that they are irritable, their reaction times are slow and even suffer memory lapses. They are desperate to see daylight savings in Queensland,” Ms Bude said.

The midwife and sleep guru advises parents to treat any stirrings from children at 4.30am and 5am as “night events” and set a household wakeup time.

She also recommends the use of blackout curtains and continuous music or white noise to block out bird sounds, and to dress children appropriately for hot weather.

Jess Sacre, mum to Asten 5, Abbie, 2, and eight month-old Ayden, would love to see daylight saving on the Gold Coast.

“The kids are up with the birds at 4.30am and don’t go to bed until 7.30 pm. It’s a long tiring day and I am exhausted too. I love the winter when everything runs so much better,” she said.

Despite polls showing support for daylight saving in the southeast of the state, Premier Campbell Newman has said his Government has no plans to introduce it.

10 Tips to Survive Early Rising.

Kid’s Finding it Hard to clock off? Night time temperatures increasing and sunlight streaming through the bedroom blinds?

YOUR BABY IS GETTING UP TO 1-2 HOURS LESS SLEEP or up to 14 HOURS LESS SLEEP a WEEK!

A simple change is season is enough to create extreme chaos in a previously well rested child, and with NO Daylight Savings in some Australian states, early rising can become a family sleep deprivation disaster.

Correcting sleep habits in a baby or toddler is easier than you think, and the outcome is one that will stay with you for years.

Here are 10 Tips to Prevent Early Morning Rising:

In order to stop early rising, you need to understand it. Here are the most common reasons for early rising:

1. Bedtime too late making baby overtired. When a child misses his bedtime window he tends to sleep less. Also, if baby is overtired at bedtime, he won’t be able to put himself back to sleep when he wakes at 5am. Doesn’t seem logical, but it’s true! This is why he goes down so easily at the moment, but is waking early. Check your child’s OVERALL sleep requirements.

2. Too big of a window between wake up from afternoon nap and bedtime (average window is 4 hours). Your child will end up going to bed overtired. A common example is if a child has too short a nap or one nap too early in the day, like 11am-1pm. If your child takes one nap and still wakes before 6am, don’t let him nap before noon or he will then be overtired at bedtime which will lead to early rising.

3. Make sure the room is dark! If too much light is coming into the baby’s room, buy blackout shades (also good for napping).

4. Make sure the room is quiet! If an external noise—garbage trucks, noisy birds, dad turning on the shower—is waking your baby, try putting a white noise machine/music or fan in his room.

5. Stop hunger. Making sure he eats more food during the day, dinner combines protein and carbs, and that your baby actually needs overnight feeds developmentally.

6. No early morning naps before 8am.

7. Going to bed to late- bed should be 6pm-8pm, age dependent.

8. Not napping enough through the day – use your chosen settling technique to extend naps or catnapping.

9. Staying up to long between end of afternoon nap and going to bed- check 4 hour max awake time for baby’s older than 11 months.
coffee and early morning wake ups10. Going to bed when past drowsy but awake mark, if to drowsy won’t know how to get back to sleep when more alert at 5am!

For More Information Email To amanda@groovybabies.com.au