[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.

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

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[ARTICLE] Essential Baby: Breastfeeding tatoos, Getting more Popular; January 24th 2017

After all the challenges of breastfeeding, Deidre wanted to “celebrate” her breastfeeding journey.

“I had provided hundreds of litres of milk for my own three children and had helped feed three others, so it was something that I felt passionate about and wanted to remember forever,” she says.

So, last year, she got a breastfeeding tattoo on her chest:

Amanda Bude, a midwife from Groovy Babies, says yet others choose a breastfeeding photo shoot.

As for the tattoos, Amanda thinks they act as a permanent memory of that sense of “achievement and connection” a mother feels through breastfeeding.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and get a tattoo, she says you should think carefully about whether you want to get it done while still breastfeeding.

She says health professionals often advise waiting until your baby is one year old before getting inked, due to potential infection risks. And Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) explains that getting tattoos increase the risk of bacterial infections

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[TODAY SHOW] Expert Interview Amanda Bude

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

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[ARTICLE] Parents Prepared To Pay Any Price For Sleep, The Courier Mail, July 2016

DESPERATE sleep-deprived parents are paying triple the retail price online to secure a Lulla Doll, hailed as a miracle soother for unsettled babies.

The dolls, with simulated breathing and a heartbeat, are flying off the shelves worldwide and in Queensland thousands are on a waiting list. In New Zealand supplies sold out in two days. Facebook is ablaze with parents trying to track down the dolls.

Queensland child sleep consultant Amanda Bude said there was no magic bullet for settling children and up to 40 per cent had underlying sleep issues, but agreed the success stories were hard to ignore. “Nothing can replace loving human contact, but this doll might be coming in a close second best,” she said.

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[ARTICLE] I delivered my own baby by C-section: The Courier Mail 9th April 2016

The maternal-assisted births are in such demand that maternity advocates are calling for the “exciting” self-delivery method to be introduced at all hospitals. Currently, there are no known cases of the practice in the state’s public hospitals and patients are seeking out private facilities.

Veteran midwife Amanda Bude said she had experienced a surge in women inquiring about the maternal-assisted deliveries. She believed that, with the rise in rates of C-section births, a more mother-friendly approach was needed.

“There are countless benefits, including better breastfeeding rates, optimal cord clamping and better bonding due to skin-to-skin contact,” Ms Bude said.

“With one out of three babies being born now via surgery, it’s vital for babies and mothers to have the support of care providers for providing an optimal environment in a surgical setting”, she said.

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Sleep Routines and Daycare

How to end daylight savings without ending a good nights sleep!

 The end of daylight savings can be quite depressing as it can mean that those gorgeous summer days are over!  For those children that are going to bed at 8pm currently the transition back an hour to 7pm is still totally ok, so only transition if you feel the future wake up time is going to impact on your daily routine and the sleep quality of your

I totally recommend to parents to be proactive and prepare for the clocks going back on Sunday the 3rd April 2016.

Obviously I am all about trying to minimize the interference to a baby’s sleep and help them adjust much quicker to the change whilst protecting their (and your sanity) sleep health as the colder climate sets in. Lets face it being up when it is cold for hours on end is not fun!

It is important that you start the transition at least 5 days  before the clock changes as this gives your child’s body clock time to change to the bedtime, the wake times, the nap time and often meal time changes that a new schedule can impede on. Also as well it can co-inside with a schedule change as your bub has got older!

So here is a guideline for transitioning and the end of daylight savings:

I will assume your current bedtime is 7pm and it is easier to do the changes in 15 min increments over that week.

Night ONE:  Bed Time is  7:15pm – All sleep and feed times are moved 15 minutes later, so when the wake up the next day, feed your bub at 715am.  Put your baby down for naps 15 mins later.

Night TWO: Bedtime is 730pm- All naps and feeds through the day 15 mins later, and yes they may be tired, but this is why we do it slowly.

Night THREE: Bedtime is 745pm- All naps and feeds moved from 15 mins again. So the first feed on the day is actually 745am now move from 7am.

Night FOUR: Bedtime is 8pm- clock goes back, and wake your child at the new 7am, to begin your day with the new routine and schedule 🙂

A few tips to consider:

The mornings will be lighter now so consider block out blinds if need be to prevent early rising.  These stick on ones are awesome available through Sleep Tight Babies online : Easy Gro-Anywhere Blackout Blinds

Another tip is a Sleep Trainer Clock-  a simple visual for your child that the moon is still up so time to be asleep. Children do rely on cues as whether it is light or not.  A sleep trainer clock can also help parents to be consistent.

Here is a few to consider if you believe it would be of benefit for your child: Sleep Trainer Clocks

Most importantly while your child is getting used to the new time, stick to your usual bedtime and naptime routines. Try not to implement any new additional sleep assistance.

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