Read my latest blog on this most common question for twin families!
Read my latest blog on this most common question for twin families!
After spending months in the enclosed, safe environment of the womb, your bub can become stressed and over-tired with the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells, which often leads to over stimulation of their central nervous systems, thus over tiredness and excessive crying.
White noise is a familiar sound that keeps them calm and helps them drift off to sleep. The type of white noise to use for your baby actually has a colour. Use ‘Pink” or Brown noise”.
This is a great pictograph of the differences.
From birth introduce white noise at nap and for night time sleep. Great sleep habits come with consistency of positive sleep associations.
In the womb it is DEAFENINGLY loud. In fact the volume is almost as loud as a lawn mower! That is 95 decibels! So babies LOVE loud noise. Being outside the womb is foreign and quiet to them, and takes quite some times to adjust to. The volume outside utero is 50-55 decibels. Like having your head under water in a spa or being in a shower.
Use it to reduce stress, fall asleep more easily, move between sleep cycles more efficiently, cry less, and when appropriate wean off (up to age 2).
White noise also cocoons your babies sleep environment. For a sensitive baby it drowns out outside noise- early morning birdlife, day to day life noises, from older siblings playing, noisy neighbors coming and going, phones ringing, TV , cleaner coming etc.
Take a moment to walk around your room, at different times of the day and listen in your babies’ environment for any regular disturbances.
White noise is cheap and easy to use. White noise machines can start at $30 per unit.
Many parents ask me about about music. Some baby’s are stimulated by music, and the choice of music should be researched for sleep.
Music should be played on a CD player with a repeat button-turn it on as part of your sleep settling routine, and turn it off when it is time to get up. (same as opening the curtains/blinds).
Length of the CD should be at least 60 mins playing time- enough to get through 1 sleep cycle, and allow time to move into the next.
Often music is suitable for a older baby and toddler.
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Over the last few weeks I have had a few inquires from expectant new mums about doing my HypnoBirthing classes. The conversation ended with oh.. I am not sure we can afford to do classes.
Knowing what I know about our maternity system I’m not sure you can’t afford to do HypnoBirthing classes!
So let’s break this down.. HB classes are NOT just about preparing you for the physical, logistics of birthing a baby. That is what run of the mill normal childbirth classes do. That is why they are held over one day or split into a weekend course.
If these classes were so fantastic about birth preparation then we wouldn’t have these current Australian statistics:
1:3 babies are born via caeseran section now.
1:4 labours are via induction.
1:3 woman describe their birth as traumatic.
1:4 woman suffer some kind of major physical trauma with birth.
1:7 woman are now diagnosed with post natal depression.
1:10 dads are now diagnosed with post natal depression.
The number ONE cause of perinatal morbidity is SUICIDE…
WTF is going on……
we also know that babies are conscious beings before birth… they are aware of their environment in the womb.. they are marinating in the hormones of their mothers. So preparation for celebrating their birthday matters!
Here is the most recent WHO recommendations on reducing non medical interventions and unnecessary procedures. Number one recommendation is education programs that teach preventiong programs on prevention of fear and anxiety!
The birth education is much more than just the birth of a baby… it is about a WHOLE experience and journey through conception, labour and birth and the post natal experience. We are talking about a 10 month journey.
Preparing for the birth of your baby deserves the research, the education just like you would planning for a physical event, a holiday and a wedding! Certainly more than walking around a parenting expo and test driving a pram!
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On a daily basis I chat with mums about why they can’t figure out what is going on with their bubs sleep.
I distinctly remember holding my own bubba at 6 weeks, looking at her in all her newborn squish going WTF… I got NO idea babe…It was 3am, I was desperately searching through some baby settling books (there was no google and FB was simply Farmville at that point in time, and my tomatoes were dying). The tears rolled down my face, I felt isolated, alone and exhausted.
When the sun rose some 3hrs later, I phoned one of my new mothers group friends, she brought me back to earth with some supportive words “trust your instinct”.
From that day on I did, and that was a learnt journey. I threw away the books that were causing me anxiety, and after many months of sleepless days and crappy nights found there was actually a medical issue that was causing my bub to be so unsettled.
So now each day I discuss with mums about why they can’t figure out their own bubs sleep issues.
You may well be able to and over the first 12 months about 30% of families do.
However, my clients, who are from all areas of life and are masters of their own crafts, but when it comes to helping their own young children develop good sleep habits, they are stumped, confused, anxious or just exhausted.
There are dozens of useful books on the subject of infant/toddler sleep, most describe their own processes and methodologies and how they fit the general population. A one sized fits all approach.
As parent’s we read or google several sleep settling books, chat with family friends or Facebook, which can confuse us more.
Other times parents choose the concepts they like from several different methods, “try” it for a day or two, but those elements are not always complementary to one another, or to your child.
The bottom line is that many parents are exhausted and too weary to try and figure it out on their own. Trying to sort out all the variables can be overwhelming, especially when you haven’t slept well in some time.
Research shows that one of the no 1 things that cause arguments between parent’s is the lack of support and disagreement surrounding a child’s sleep and bedtime! See the study here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4781954/Disagreeing-babies-bedtime-creates-tension.html
Neither of you are in best form at 3am to have a argument over what you should do to support your bub’s tears.. so let me help. Take the guess work out of what is going on, and bring back calm days and peaceful nights for your family <3 <3
Part of beginning my work with families is to work out the reasons why they may want to hire me.
Being exhausted, all though is often why I am contacted is truly a good action step forward it is not always the number 1 reason why.
Before I begin ANY sleep work I find out the main goals and to reassure them that their child is “not broken” and that any sleep issue can ultimately “be fixed”.
No matter how many people you talk to, if you are happy with how your child sleeps, day and night then you AINT got a problem. Reasons being unless you think there is a problem, you won’t be able to stay consistent with any plan a sleep consultant sets up for you!
2. You have “tried everything”.
Many parent’s tackle sleep training on their own or implement “wait it out method” (insert 2-4 years of sleep deprivation). My take? If NOTHING has worked- time to enlist a individualized sleep plan. It is time to “do” not “try”.
3. You and your partner keep arguing over the approach you implement.
Its time to stop the good cop bad cop method. It frustrates your child as well as each other. It is really annoying to start the good cop (dad) at bedtime, then at 3am turn into bad cop (mum). I create a sleep plan that both parent’s feel comfortable with, and lead you step by step forward.
4. Your pediatrician suggests you should get help OR try Cry It Out.
Most parent’s don’t realize that their Pediatrician, GP or Child Health Nurse are actually NOT trained child sleep specialists. Yes they are trained specialists BUT not in sleep. Often their training is less than 6 hours in their entire degree! I have worked with ALL of these specialists and they have no idea on healthy sleep habits, foundations, and the myriad of underlying influences on sleep stealers! And they come to me because they don’t want to do the behavioral method Cry It Out. #walkthewalk
5. You are starting to resent your baby or your current sleep situation- the volcano approach.
Yup in the first 12 months after birth we lose up to 950 hrs of sleep ( 44 days in total). Some of us cope well, others of us don’t. Nothing can prepare us for the amount of time our child requires from us. Our mental health is paramount for health and happiness. Many families are scared to contact me, fearful of spending money in case “it doesn’t work”. Well it won’t if you are fearful, just leave the volcano simmering and smoking… it will if you are ready to take action before you erupt, when those teeny tiny feelings of resentment start to crop up.
Child sleep can be complicated and confusing to parents. The longer I work as a Holistic Sleep Specialist I find so much more to consider. An individualized assessment and plan for your family is the best approach to short term and long term success.
Groovy Babies founder Amanda Bude is one of Australia’s most highly qualified baby & child specialist specialising in baby & child sleep, HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method, infant massage, attachment parenting and a range of holistic parenting strategies.
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