[ARTICLE] “Parents Warned To Ignore Old Fashioned Advice”- The Courier Mail, February 9th 2018

Evidence-based research over the generations has found that old-fashioned practices, such as babies sleeping on their tummies, cots filled with quilts and pillows and even feeding a baby boiled water, can be risky.

Accredited baby sleep consultant Amanda Bude told The Courier-Mail that parents were often worried when their tots slept at their grandparents’ house in case modern recommendations were not adhered to.

[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] 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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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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[ARTICLE] SIDS RISK IN FLAT HEAD PREVENTION- Herald Sun/ The Courier Mail August 11th 2016

PARENTS are putting their babies at risk of cot death by stuffing pillows, towels and toys around the child as they sleep in the hope of preventing them developing a flat head, researchers warn.

Conflicting advice from health professionals about the prevention and treatment of the craniofacial problem plagiocephaly, which can happen if babies lie in the same position for long periods, has meant many parents are “willing to do anything” to prevent it.

Queensland baby sleep consultant Amanda Bude says that a big part of her job is doing “environmental health checks” on cots as parents are often confused.


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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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[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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