[ARTICLE] “Grandparents Should Have Rules For Minding Your Kids”- The Courier Mail, August 5th 2018


MUMS and dads who use grandparents as babysitters are being advised to strike formal childcare agreements to avoid family meltdowns caused by lax discipline and standards.

Child experts say parenting techniques have changed so much over the decades that drawing up an official list of instructions and routines is necessary to ease parents’ fears and remove conflict.


Gold Coast midwife and baby sleep expert Amanda Bude says she comes across parents who worry that grandma will not adhere to sleep guidelines or that the child will be overheated.

“Instructions can bring peace of mind,” she said.

[ARTICLE] Baby Sleep Consultants- The Courier Mail, November 12th 2017

AUSTRALIAN taxpayers are subsidising parents who can’t get their children to sleep by over $5 million per year.

A surge in sleep-deprived parents seeking professional baby sleep experts has meant a doubling in Medicare rebates for the services in the last 10 years.

Up to 40 per cent of babies and children struggle with sleep, which means that in Queensland each year 140,000 sets of parents are living with exhaustion.


But not all sleep experts are the same. Baby sleep trainers are not the same as qualified sleep specialists.

Ms Bude is adamant that there is no place for closing a door and letting the child cry it out.

“Baby sleep trainers may try and ‘fix’ a child with a one size fits all approach like controlled crying and responsive settling. There is a perception that the child is ‘broken’.

“A sleep specialist will assess the environmental, physical, emotional, social, developmental, psychological and medical areas of the family to see what might be underlying reasons for sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances,” said Ms Bude, who is also a midwife.

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[ARTICLE] The Instagram trend putting babies in danger- Essential Baby July 2017

If you’ve been scrolling through social media lately, you’re probably familiar with the following photo: A father, deep asleep, with his baby dozing on his chest.

When we see these kinds of posts, it’s easy to coo over how adorable these pictures are.

In fact, these fathers are often hailed as “super dads” for letting mum have a break while clearly exhausted themselves.

But when you really think about it, the problem becomes clear: Falling asleep with a baby on you is not a good idea

Unintentionally drifting off with a baby is known as “accidental co-sleeping” or “reactive co-sleeping,” says midwife Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies.

And the issue doesn’t just relate to dads, but also sleep-deprived mums and carers.

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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.

[ARTICLE] The device that allows you to bottle feed and use your phone at the same time: Essential Baby October 2016

Now Tim Causa, from Northern Virginia, has come up with a potential solution to that ‘problem’: he’s designed a device that allows you to use your phone and bottle feed your baby at the same time.

He came up with the idea after feeding his baby, Jack, in the middle of the night.

“For 25 minutes at a time I was in a dark, quiet room feeding my son. It dawned on me that I could do some catch-up work while he fed, but I needed something to help me hold a bottle and my smartphone.”

He searched online for solutions, but that there was nothing on the market.

“That’s when I decided to seize the opportunity and solve the problem myself.”

Thus the ‘Swipe & Feed‘ was born.

But midwife Amanda Bude says it actually is different, for many reasons.

Firstly, she’s worried about the potential effects of having a mobile phone so close to a baby’s growing brain.

Also, she says mobile phones emit blue light. She says this kind of light exposure can then disrupt both a parent and child’s melatonin secretion, which can affect sleep.

She’s also afraid about the effect it would have on the parent-baby relationship.

“This would absolutely disrupt bonding,” she says.

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[TODAY SHOW] Expert Interview Amanda Bude appears on Today Extra July 2016

Amanda Bude- Expert Australian Baby Sleep Whisperer and theLulla Doll

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Adjusting your child to daylight savings

On Sunday the 2nd of October (Saturday night), the majority of Australians will wind forward their clock to adjust for the beginning of daylight savings time.

Ah a  sign that summer is on its way! Those lazy evenings, long walks and twilight…oh sorry that was before 3 kids!

So this change can  mean a disruption to your baby and  young child’s sleep patterns.

“The why do I have to go to bed when it is daylight question?”.  Fair enough!

Newborn and younger babies  due to their immature circadian rhythms tend to not be affected, but the question each year for those new parents is how to transition smoothly without  any major sleep disruption?

My suggestion is slowly so now is the time to prepare!

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

So night 1 bedtime is 7pm (new time 8pm)

Night 2 bedtime is 645pm (new time 745pm)

Night 3 bedtime is 630pm (new time 730pm)

Night 4 bedtime is 615pm (new time is 715pm)

Night 5 bedtime is 6pm (new bedtime is 7pm)

In the five days leading up to October 2nd  shift your  baby or child’s sleep times by 15 minutes per day. It can be useful to apply this to naps as well as bedtime, to make it easier for them to last the extra time in the evening and not get too overtired.

Now we as parent’s can’t make our child go to sleep, so even if your baby stays awake, you are assisting and encouraging their little mind and body to relax, in preparation for the shift.

If you know your child is particularly sensitive to routine changes it can be helpful to start this process even earlier and only adjust by 15 minutes every two days.

Use your calendar to plan so you can ensure that you arrive at the correct ‘bedtime’ on the night that the clock is turned back.

What Else can Help? With the changes  that come as we move into summer these tips can help:

Temperature– check room temperature. It should stay stable at all sleep times. Recommended ideal is between 18-22 degree C and 40%-60% humidity. A room that’s too hot can be disruptive. In fact, research suggests that a hot sleeping environment leads to more wake time and lighter sleep at night, while awakenings multiply. Our body temperature drops to its lowest point between 4-5am in the morning. Often you do need to adjust your child’s sleep wear, or change to more natural fibres. 

Adequate exposure to daylight

A must for developing day/night routine, serotonin levels. Natural sunlight is a saviour when it comes to helping your child gently adjust their circadian rhythm (body clock). It’s important to try to spend at least an hour a day outside in broad daylight. For obvious reasons, sun protection is ultimate, so check your UV levels, and times of the day.

For day time sleeps: exposure to sunlight in the late afternoon has been shown to increase secretion of melatonin and better night sleeping overall. Consider playtime outside between 3-5pm-nap depending.

Electronic Fasting

Watch what time your child is exposed too devices to.  It can also be very helpful to restrict usage of devices that emit bright light (such as iPads, iPhones, television and computers) after sundown as these will  impact your toddler’s circadian rhythms as well. 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.

Block Out Blinds

Winding the clocks forwards means that it will be daylight at bedtime. 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. Make sure your child’s bed is not near the window.  Stops wondering hands from double and triple checking if the sun has said good night!

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.

 AND FINALLY – Take a breath and be understanding!

It is normal for you and your child to feel the effects of the time change for as long as a week after the daylight savings time change. I call it the double ‘P”:  Patience and Preparation is the key :-).



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