Should I Give My Baby Melatonin?

What I do each and every day is help my families achieve and implement habits and hygiene that can lead to quality sleep. These changes improve sleep efficiency and day time function in our children no matter what there age is. Consistent wake times, exposure to natural light during the day, and decreased light exposure in the evenings are all known to promote sleep.Circadian-rhythms-melatonin-2

More and more Australian parents are giving unprescribed Melatonin to their children in a desperate measure to restore bad, irregular sleep cycles, often easily fixed by simple solutions of knowing when your child should be sleeping biologically for his age, a change in nutrition through the day and exposure to natural sunlight.


circadian-cycle-biological-clock-Here is some recent research on the use of Melatonin in our children:

Warning on Giving Melatonin To Children for Sleep

10 Reasons to Take HypnoBirthing Classes.

Working as a midwife when pregnant with our first child I was determined to find “a better way”, to bring our baby into this big wide world. I wanted a natural birth that was calm, without fear and without intervention. The word “pain” is synonymous with childbirth, but I knew that did not have to be the case. Having become a NLP practitioner I knew that positive thoughts = positive outcome, but when it came to pregnancy and birth where were those tools to come from as my husband and I faced becoming parents.

Fully aware that a difference in care can result in a different type of birth, and after much research, my husband and I commenced a Childbirth Education Program with a difference- HypnoBirthing® International by Marie Mongan or The Mongan Method.

I have now been teaching HypnoBirthing classes for 8 years, I have lost count the number of couples that I have been privedgled to join on their birth jounrey byt with statistics such as these below its kind a no brainer why you SHOULD take classes:

Imagine if…your labour was shorter

      • you might not need to use any anesthesia
      • you feel energized after the birth
      •  you are comfortable and relaxed during labour and birth
      •  you experience an ecstatic birth
      •  your baby is calmer, more relaxed and feeds well

HypnoBirthing® mothers birth more comfortably

      • 77% of HypnoBirthing® mothers who birthed vaginally did so without epidural anesthesia
      • 45% of HypnoBirthing® mothers birthed in under eight hours.
      • 17% of HypnoBirthing® mothers birthed via C-section, compared with the national average of 32%.
      • 9.5% of HypnoBirthing® mothers chose to birth in the comfort of their homes (national average is less than 1%)
      • 6% of HypnoBirthing® mothers chose to birth in freestanding birth centres (national average is less than 1%)
      • data provided by HypnoBirthing® Institute, between 2005-2010.

But if that is not enough to convince you or your birth partner here is a link to 10 reasons why you should 10 Reasons to Book HypnoBirthing Classes.

To Enquire about  Hypnobirthing Classes With Amanda click


[ARTICLE] Transitioning Your Baby from the Family Bed- Nurture Parenting Magazine Summer 2014

Our baby’s sleep in many different environments around the world, and all mum’s with newborns soon find out that whether bed sharing (sleeping in the family bed), is the right thing for them and their family. It can be a permanent, conscious decision from the outset of birth, or a do what you need to do situation to get sleep.

But what happens when this is not working for you or your baby anymore- what is the easiest way to transition from the family bed?

Amanda Bude, Attachment Sleep Consultant Specialist and Baby Sleep Consultant shares the following tips:

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Nuture Article Jan 2015

[ARTICLE] Drugging Our Babies to Sleep is Not The Answer: KidSpot January 2015

Sleep-deprived parents drugging their babies.

Desperate parents have taken to drugging their infants with the unprescribed and unregulated synthetic, sleep hormone melatonin, in a bid to get more sleep.

Gold Coast certified baby sleep expert and midwife Amanda Bude, from Groovy Babies says that she has seen an increase in parents asking if they should try melatonin on their babies.

“Melatonin is being mistaken for a sleeping pill,” she says. “Exhausted parents are relying on a pill to solve a problem, and drugging their children with a substance with unknown long term side effects, is definitely not the answer.”


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[ARTICLE] Parent’s giving more pocket money than they can afford: The Courier MailNovember 2014

MANY Queensland parents are handing out more pocket money to their kids than they can afford, with some payouts rising more than twice as fast as wages.

Gold Coast mother-of-three Amanda Bude keeps her family’s pocket-money spending under tight control and gives her three children $2 a week if they complete their chores.

“The kids know what they have to do and they do it without complaint. Things like making their beds and packing and unpacking their backpacks have become part of their routine,” she said.

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[ARTICLE] Gold Coast Mum’s Choosing to HypnoBirth: Gold Coast Bulletin Febuary 2015

MORE Gold Coast mums are turning to hypnobirthing to ease their fears of childbirth and make sure they have a calm kid.

Hypnobirthing, which involves learning self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques for a calm birth, has been made famous by the likes of Duchess Kate Middleton.

Gold Coaster Amanda Bude, Groovy Babies offer hypnobirthing education.

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