[ARTICLE] How Much Sleep Do Children Really Need Each Night? The Courier Mail, November 10th 2016

CHILDREN need more sleep than previously thought, experts say.

Following an intensive review of global scientific literature, a call has gone out for an extra two hours daily for infants aged 4 to 11 months and an extra hour for children aged 1 to 13. Newborn is the only age ­category the panel believes needs less sleep.

Queensland child sleep expert Amanda Bude said many parents did not realise how much sleep their child needed.

On average children are not getting enough sleep but we need to remember that guidelines are not set in stone and a well-rested child can have high sleep needs or low need sleeps. Not all children are the same,” she said.


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[ARTICLE] When somebody accidentally reveals the gender of your baby: Essential Baby November 4th 2016

Midwife Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies says it can be very hard for couples to keep their baby’s gender a secret.

She says this is especially true when people don’t want to refer to their baby as “it”.

Couples then oscillate between calling the baby “he” or “she” – and hope not to get ‘caught out’ by saying one gender too often.

As a midwife, Amanda says it can also be tricky to keep the gender a secret from patients who don’t want to know what they’re having.

She remembers doing an ultrasound on another midwife once, and accidentally saying, “Oh look, there he is.”

She said, “It was the biggest ‘oops’ ever!”

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[Expert TV Appearance] Today Extra Kids and Screen Time: November 2016

Watch Here: https://www.9now.com.au/today/2016/clip-ciuzvq13e00870gpdqe5d7a60

It has been the one rule that most Australian parents cling to in the confusing, fast-changing world of kids and media: no screens before age 2.

This week The American Academy of Pediatrics, which first issued that recommendation back in 1999, has extensively updated and revised its guidelines for children and adolescents to reflect new research and new habits.

The new guidelines, especially for very young children, shift the focus from WHAT is on the screen to WHO else is in the room. And in doing so, they raise some intriguing points about the future of learning from media.

In June this year University of Western Australia research co-author, professor Michael Rosenberg, already showed the APP guidelines were being routinely broken by Australian children, with 63 per cent exceeding the recommendations.

“For parents these new guidelines should help ease the guilt a little” Australian Child Sleep Expert, Amanda Bude commented.

“Everyday I have mums ask me concerned about excessive screen time and the impact on their child’s health”.

For babies younger than 18 months, AAP still says no screens at all are the best idea — with one notable exception: live video chat.

Observational research shows that infants as young as 6 months are emotionally engaged during this time, but not to the extent obviously from live social interaction.

“Parents often ask me about the impact of their little ones using the popularity of Facetime or Skype”, states Ms Bude.

“It is great to know that virtual hug’s with grandma is ok”, she states.

For infants and toddlers, age 15 months to 2 years, there is limited evidence from a couple of very small studies that they can learn new words from educational media, if and only if parents are watching alongside them.

Parents are interactive, repeating what the video says and/or drawing attention to what is on the screen as they would when reading a picture book.

The second AAP guideline has changed from “avoid all screens under age 2” to “avoid solo media use in this age group.”

They have revealed that under 2 children show poorer language skills and language delays correlating with earlier solo viewing of “educational” videos.

In both cases, the problem seems to be the electronic baby sitter replacing interaction with mum or dad.

For 2 to 5 year old’s the APP recommends no more than 1 hour a day screen time and still with mum or dad taking part in screen time.

“At this age, children are capable to transfer their new found learning from the screen to the real world” states Ms Bude.

“Even if they don’t appear to be watching what is on screen, you will see them role play it out in social, emotional or behavior context” she continued.

AAP has a strong brand preference for educational viewing out of the thousands of “education branded apps” out there, listing Sesame Workshop as a trusted evidenced based educational media brand.

Children that have more than 2 hours screen exposure a day are more likely to:

> be overweight

> be less physically active

> drink more sugary drinks

> snack on foods high in sugar, salt and fat

> have fewer social interactions.

Excessive TV has been linked to other negative outcomes such as poor cognitive performance, antisocial behavior and sleep stealers, such as bedtime resistance, nightmares and night terrors.

Scarily though research now indicates that for every hour of television children watch each day, their risk of developing attention-related problems later increases by ten percent.

I recommend the  following tips for parents:

-Develop a Family Media Use Plan and stick to it. Click here for more info: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx#wizard

-Eliminate background TV.

-Watch what your child is watching- monitor your child’s response by how they behave once the screen is switched off.

-No TV in bedrooms.

-Don’t use the IPad for bedtime story time.

-No TV in eating areas- children are learning to eat watching screens.


Tips to Adjust Your Child to Daylight Savings


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It’s one of the biggest catch 22’s on the Australian calendar..  Yes daylight savings means we get more sunshine at the back end of the day but also plays havock with the body clocks in our home..

Especially the kids..

Turning the clock forward or back can have a massive impact on our children’s bedtime routine because:

+ A change in sleep routine impacts on our circadian rhythms – the system that controls when we wake, sleep, and our general wellbeing.

+ Children don’t have maturity of these rhythms and so even a little change in this can lead to a ‘jet lag feeling’.

+ While it may only seem like one hour, your child’s sleep debt could rack up to 7 hours over the course of a week.

+ If they’re failing to properly catch up, by the time the weekend comes they’re going to crash.

+ Depending on their age, the child will be affected differently

  Does daylight saving throw a big spanner in the works in terms of their routine for newborns?

+ Newborns younger than 3-4 months are free running.. Not necessarily impacted by daylight savings

+ Babies older than 5 months need environmental factors, so will be impacted by the change.

+ Breastfeeding bubs will also be taking in their mothers’ melatonin

How can I help my toddler adjust to Daylight Savings?

+ Write down what time your child normally goes to bed, then put your child to bed 15 mins each night (or every second night).

+ It’s most effective for parents to shift their child’s sleep in the three to four days leading up to the change, but it can still be done after.

+ Once daylight savings has kicked in it can take a week for everyone’s system to reset

+ You’ll have to move your child’s whole schedule 20 minutes earlier – for the next 3-4 days’ naptimes, bedtime and meal times may need to be brought forward until tiny systems adjust. This helped children last extra time into the evening and not get as over tired.

+ It’s really important to monitor room temperature – the summer heat can disrupt sleep.

+ Also make sure that they are sleeping in natural, breathable fibres.

+ Ensure that when they get up they get some good Serotonin exposure as this helps adjust the circadian rhythms

How can I help my Pre Schooler adjust to Daylight Savings?

+ They have different sleep needs to toddlers – needing about 10-13 hours each night, and they nap less.

+ Might need to be stricter, especially as they are more confident to defy the rules.

+ Lighter earlier, which means they might wake up earlier – but school times dont change

+ Overtired when they go to bed later, which will increase increase night wake ups.

+ Kids this age love screen time, but it’s important you keep it to a minimum.

+ Watch what time your child is exposed to devices, leading up to sundown. With the longer hours it is tempting to let little fingers tap away later. Consider banning the EMF at least 1-2hrs before light’s out.

+ If your child is experiencing bedtime resistance, then consider a few days without electronics completely.


What are some other tips?

+ The big challenge for parents during daylight saving is convincing kids that it’s bedtime when the sun is still shining!

+ Portable Blockout or black out blinds are a brilliant “Must Have” if you don’t wish to put in permanent window furnishings. They can also double as temperature controllers, with some brands, reducing the degrees by 2-3 C. Can substitute by covering the windows with garbage bags, foil or painting with window tint.

+ May need to rearrange the room.

+ Toddler clocks: Another visual tool that your child can see when it is time to wake up, or time to be asleep. So many types on the market. E.g. Momo the Monkey clock,

+ Bedtime charts and Star Charts- another visual tool and positive re enforcement technique for helping implement a good bedtime routine and decrease bed time resistance due to sunlight outside.

[TODAY SHOW] Expert Interview Amanda Bude

How Daylight Savings Impacts on Your Child’s Sleep Routine.

Expert Interview:  Click to watch here: