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[ARTICLE] “Infant Sleep Myth Put To Bed At Last”- Courier Mail November 17th 2018

THE “gold standard” target that a baby should sleep through the night before the age of one has been smashed by experts.

The researchers examined whether infants who didn’t sleep for six or eight consecutive hours were more likely to have problems with physical skills, such as movement and dexterity, or mental development. They found no correlation.

The researchers also found no link between infants waking at night and mothers’ post-natal mood.

Queensland midwife and baby sleep consultant Amanda Bude said understanding the normal sleep needs and variations for babies after six months was important for reassuring parents.

Read More Here:

https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/infant-sleep-myth-put-to-bed-at-last/news-story/a51ad6c7aefcc2d380ea4806df6a8a4a

 

[Article] Stay at Home Mums- Listed top Sleep Consultants in Australia

Thrilled to have been included in Stay at Home Mum’s online database for recommendations for TOP Australian Sleep Consultants

See article here https://www.stayathomemum.com.au/my-kids/babies/list-of-aussie-sleep-consultants-to-help-mums-with-stubborn-bubs/

What age do you begin a sleep routine?

On the Vblog!  What age do you begin a sleep routine?  What does that mean for you child?  Establishing healthy sleep habits early.

Eight Tips Every Child Needs To Maintain Healthy Sleep Habits

Grab a pen and write them down 🙂 Excuse my fluffy puppies at the end! #reallife

 

[ARTICLE] Do you google your child’s illness? Courier Mail March 2015

GOOGLE is stripping the quackery out of search results.

It has called in doctors to check results before they hit the top of the rankings.

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Shaun Rudd said most of his patients had visited “Dr Google” before seeing him.

Gold Coast midwife Amanda Bude has seen a big spike in parents turning to the internet over their babies’ health issues.

“I do get concerned,” she said.

“One of the main things I hear that came from the internet is the idea that if you put a glass jar on a rash and it disappears it is just virus-related, but if the rash doesn’t disappear then you need to seek medical help.

“Or parents take photos of rashes and post on Facebook asking other parents to diagnose.”

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Amanda Bude featured Midwife expert March 2015.

Where should my baby sleep?

Tips to consider when choosing your Baby’s Sleep Environment.

Where a baby is “supposed to” is a common discussion for all new parent’s. There are advantages and disadvantages to every type of baby sleeping arrangement.

The most common baby’s sleep environments are: cot, bassinet, bedside sleeper, parent’s bed, hammock, bouncy seat, car seat, stroller and swing.

Advantages to having your baby in your room:

1. Recommended by The World Health Organisation for the first 6 months.

2. You are able to respond quicker in case of emergency.

3. Baby is closer for feeding.

4. Baby does not get as worked up to get your attention and will settle more quickly and peacefully.

Disadvantages to having a baby in your room:

1. Babies are noisy. It takes time to understand their “noises”!

2. If bed sharing, it will be harder for your baby to settle if being looked after by someone else.

3. It takes some time for gentle transitioning from your room into baby’s own room.

4. It can be a little inconvenient relationship wise having a baby in your room.

Advantages of having a baby in its own room:

1. Maintain your bedroom as your own space.

2. Unhindered intimacy (when your baby is asleep).

3. A greater tendency to leave your room to tend to your baby. May suit your partner and work schedules better.

Disadvantages of a separate room:

1. The need to physically get up and feed during the night esp winter’s nights.

2. Can be more difficult to settle your baby back to sleep- depending on temperament.

3. Missing the closeness of your baby.

4. Continual worry about your baby’s well-being. Many new mums get up and constantly check on their baby- can then actually wake them up to see if they are ok.

Help! why won’t my toddler sleep?

I LOVE toddlers. I should- I have had 3! I have learnt so much about life from simply stepping back and observing their innocence and basic inquisitive way of how simple the world can be- before we grow up. Wanting to preserve that innocence and enhance it to become a part of their authentic being.  So yes, when it comes to sleep issues,  they are my most common client  in the family home.  This age and drive for independence makes them tough little characters to please!

On average toddlers need about 12-14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. When they reach about 18 months of age their naptimes will decrease to once a day lasting about one to three hours.

Many toddlers experience sleep problems including resisting going to bed and night time awakenings. Night time fears and nightmares are also common. Many factors can lead to sleep problems. Toddlers’ drive for independence and an increase in their motor, cognitive and social abilities can interfere with sleep. In addition, their ability to get out of bed, separation anxiety, the need for autonomy and the development of the child’s imagination can lead to sleep problems. Daytime sleepiness and behaviour problems may signal poor sleep or a sleep problem.

Chronically over tired children may not seem tired, and don’t always act tired. They will always resist sleep and need us to help them form good sleep habits.

Signs of over tired toddlers are:

-tend to be whiny, fussy or clingy

-sucks thumb, finger, or wants to suckle other than at bedtimes.

-carries blanket, stuffed toy around during the day.

-is hyperactive, especially at times when you think they should be tired.

-is overly stubborn.

-has regular temper tantrums, or easily becomes upset or angry.

-has difficulty falling asleep when put to bed

-falls asleep frequently when in car, bus or train.

-falls asleep in front of TV

-sometime’s falls asleep on the couch or floor before bedtime.

-takes a long time to become alert and awake in the morning.

-does not appear to be well rested and full of energy.

-doesn’t seem as happy as she should be.

Key Points   to help your toddler slip into sleep.             

-Maintain a daily sleep schedule and consistent bedtime routine.

-Make the bedroom environment the same every night and throughout the night.

-Set limits that are consistent, communicated and enforced. Encourage use of his favourite stuffed toy or comforter.

-All children need a comforting bedtime routine, and they need it from early infancy right up through the school years. It gives them a healthy sense of predictability and it’s a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to slow down and reconnect peacefully at the end of the day.

-Give your toddler choices before bed like which pjs does he/she want to wear, which book may he/she want to read or what extra toy (quiet), he/ she might want to take to bed.  It will make him/her  feel in control and make him/her less likely to resist when it’s time for light’s out. Think about creating your own unique bedtime ritual which you will share for years come: a special song, sharing two things you liked about your day, reading out loud, prayers, blessings or sending kisses and love to others.

-Done right, bedtime can be a special, loving time to celebrate closeness; a time your child will look forward to and cherish. If two parents take turns at bedtime, they don’t have to follow an identical script but should have a similar routine, style and response to any bedtime power plays, fears or stalling.

-A soothing bedtime routine signals the body and brain to slow down and prepare for sleep. The tone of bedtime should be calm, quiet and reassuring as you prepare your kid to separate from you all night.

I emphasize strongly every child is an individual and it’s important to listen to the cues that your toddler is giving you. What may have worked for your friend/sister/neighbour doesn’t necessarily work for another. Clear rules and parental consistency is essential for transitioning sleep situations…mixed liberally with plenty of love, cuddles, and kisses!

And MOST importantly be wary that your expectations are that of an adult not as a 12,15,18 or 24 month old.

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