Do 10 sec methods of sleep settling work?

This week has shown a #trend of 10 sec methods of sleep settling young babies.  It seems incredible that something so simple as brushing a tissue over your bubba’s face might induce sleep in such a short period of time. I must admit it brought back many memories of stroking over my children’s faces to help them relax and herald the arrival of the sandman quick smart!

So is it truly possible that this method can work? Well yes it is!

Firstly these bub’s are at the right time in their sleep awake window to fall asleep easily.

Secondly these bubs are calm.

Thirdly these bubs are familiar with what is happening to them. They are used to this happening most likely from a very young age (even birth) that this is how mum or dad settles as a sleep cue.

How does facial relaxation work- well how do you feel when you have a facial? I know I LOVE having a facial and it instantly makes me feel relaxed. When you stroke a baby’s face it stimulates the erecti-pili just under the skin.  That sets off a hormone rush of endorphins and these run around the body and create a relaxation effect. Hence a instant transformation takes place. Be it with the soft brush of a tissue or the stroke of a hand over the face.

So what about The Oompa-Loompa Method?

Well as you can see the regular motion and montotone voice of dad works a treat.  You can see this baby is all ready in “the zone” by her stare bear eyes. That means dad has caught her in the wind down phase of correct wake/ sleep time. He is also holding her arms and head in containment, preventing any startle reflex from occurring as she is drifting off to sleep. Sweet connected, settling perfection.

Once again this bub is used to this settling pattern simply replicating in its unique way soothing motion, and repetitive consistent sound.

So this is what these baby’s most likely have:

1. A gentle predictable pre-sleep routine.

2. Mum and dad are consistent with this each and every time- so it works quickly and easily.

3. The bub is drowsy, not sound asleep- they are catching their child at the correct awake/sleep window.

4.Full tummy- this bub is not hungry :-).

5. This bub is only 3 weeks old- try this for the first time on a bub 10 weeks or older and they will probably reject it as unfamiliar. Or try and grab the tissue and eat it. 🙂


[Article] Australian College of Midwives-Amanda Bude Baby Sleep Consultant

Featured as the First Midwife in Australia in Complementary Practice for becoming a Certified Sleep Consultant. Click the link 🙂



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[ARTICLE] More Pregnant Woman seeking HypnoBirthing- Courier Mail March 2015

More pregnant women rejecting hi-tech birthing practices

MORE women take a free-range approach to pregnancy and during the birth of their babies, with data showing a trend away from traditional routine medical procedures. There has also been a surge in hypnobirthing, which is a birth free of any kind of pain relief, including epidurals.


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[ARTICLE] Do you google your child’s illness? Courier Mail March 2015

GOOGLE is stripping the quackery out of search results.

It has called in doctors to check results before they hit the top of the rankings.

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Shaun Rudd said most of his patients had visited “Dr Google” before seeing him.

Gold Coast midwife Amanda Bude has seen a big spike in parents turning to the internet over their babies’ health issues.

“I do get concerned,” she said.

“One of the main things I hear that came from the internet is the idea that if you put a glass jar on a rash and it disappears it is just virus-related, but if the rash doesn’t disappear then you need to seek medical help.

“Or parents take photos of rashes and post on Facebook asking other parents to diagnose.”

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Amanda Bude featured Midwife expert March 2015.

Amanda Bude- Member of The Australian HypnoBirthing Steering Committee.

The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing® is the longest running community dedicated to using hypnosis in childbirth. It was founded in the United States in early 1989 by Marie “Mickey” Mongan, who is a licensed counselor and former dean of a small women’s college. The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing® is the pioneer and leader in birth education with hypnosis.

Several decades and thousands of classes later, HypnoBirthing® is the most widely used childbirth hypnosis program in the world. Today, there are HypnoBirthing® practitioners in 46 countries around the world who are helping women become aware of the benefits of calm, instinctive birthing for themselves and their babies.

Australian families have been supported in their birth choice for over 14 years. HypnoBirthing® has spread nationwide catching the interest of other professionals all impressed by the birth experiences they were hearing and witnessing with HypnoBirthing® – the Mongan Method.

HypnoBirthing is now recognised throughout Australia as the Gold Standard of Childbirth Education, and has been implemented into public and private hospital antenatal education programmes due to its credibility and ongoing research success. Often as the only eduHBSealcation program offered.

The HypnoBirthing® Institute has appointed an experienced and professional team to lead Australia and to ensure that families and practitioners have the most relevant education and support. This team is called the Australian Steering Committee. I am so very proud to be a part of the Australian Steering Committee and to continue teaching this childbirth education to families, Australia wide.

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[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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Lifesaving Christmas Newborn Gifts.

Newborn Safe Sleep Gifts

There is nothing more adorable than a newborn’s first Christmas. With the gift giving season upon us, parents are often given gifts that well-meaning relatives assume are safe and sound.

santa suits

Christmas is an ideal time to check potentially lifesaving suggestions for what not to buy for the newborn baby in your life: potentially hazardous bedding items such as blankets, pillows, pillow-like toys, quilts, comforters, sheepskins or crib bumpers


There are so many gorgeous blankets, cot bumpers, and comforters available, especially with Christmas symbols and shapes.

It is a joyful time to celebrate a child’s first Christmas, even comforters are decorated in dasher at this time of year.

Christmas day outfits are divine, but they often come attached with little Santa hats and bibs, that should be removed when it comes time for a nap

Parent’s need to be aware of age appropriate gifts, such as pillow pets.

Sids and Kids recommends the following practices for safe infant sleeping:

1.Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side.

2.Sleep baby with head and face uncovered.

3.Keep baby smoke free before birth and after.

4.Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day, no couch or bean bag naps.

5.Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months.

6. Breastfeed baby if possible.

Parent’s should also be aware when travelling to visit relatives with a newborn, and be watchful of their baby’s temporary sleep surface. It is often tempting to let the baby sleep overnight in a pram, as they might settle easiest in it, but they are not recommended for over night sleep. If you are borrowing a port-a-cot, then check the mattress and mesh surroundings.

To keep the manger safe I also recommend:

  • Use a firm sleep surface covered by a tight, fitted sheet.
  • Don’t use pillows, blankets, sheepskins or cot bumpers.
  • Keep all soft objects, like toys or stuffed animals, out of the sleep area. If your baby is using a comforter check it is a breathable material and the size of a face washer.
  • Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head. Remove hooded tops and hats.
  • Dress the baby in clothing, such as a one-piece sleep suit, and appropriately togged sleeping bag or swaddle.
  • The baby’s sleep area should be next to the parents’ bed.
  • If a family is bed sharing to contact a health professional or certified sleep expert to ensure correct methods are safe.
  • Invest in a Infant CPR program whilst at home during the Christmas Season.

boys christmas bedding Looking gorgeous but not SIDS recommended. christmas bedding
reindeer snugglyAccording to Sids and Kids:

  • Most SIDS deaths happen when babies are between 28 days and 1 year of age.
  • According to the ABS 50 babies died of SIDS in Australia in 2012.