Tips on dealing with Mummy Sleep Deprivation

Ah so you finally got your little one off to sleep BUT you toss and turn for the next 2 hours and then the sun comes up! Here are some sleep tips for MUM to get you sleeping like your baby is.

If you wake in the middle of the night- don’t look at the clock. Your baby does not know and do not care what time it is. Keeping a track of the number of hours that you sleep, does not make you any less tired. Calculating how many hours to you need to get up, just adds to frustration. Sleep experts know you don’t need to replace lost sleep hour by hour- just deep sleep (REM sleep)- the state of sleep you easily slip into when you are very tired. Practice progressive relaxation techniques. These work for releasing tension very quickly. If possible remove ALL electrical devices from your bedroom (excluding clock). Less temptation to check emails/facebook/twitter/pinterest in the middle of the night!

Keep lists: shopping lists, lists of chores you must absolutely do, and lists of other help to delegate if someone offers. When you write everything down, you free yourself of having to remember details at a time when you are most apt to be forgetful and preoccupied.

At night, do as much as you can to get ready for the next day. Set the table for breakfast, lay out clothes for yourself and baby, restock nappy bags etc Any nuisance chores and decisions you can handle ahead of time make the day start that much better.

Cut down on time-consuming trips around town pre-planning by phone, internet, or through catalogues whenever you can. Try to do several errands whenever you are out, and plan them so you waste the least possible amount of time driving around. When you are exhausted the thought of even getting in the car seems like climbing a mountain. Plan short effective trips.

Use your multi-tasking skills effectively-Practice doing two things at the same time: for example, make out a grocery list or do your exercises while you talk on the phone; fold the laundry as you watch television; or clean the bathroom while the tub fills.

Above all, do not rush. “Haste makes waste” is a cliche, but it is as true today as it was when it was first uttered by someone who knew the faster he or she tried to do something, the more likely it was an accident would occur.

Your social life: Recognize that you do not have to uphold your former standards of hospitality for friends and relatives who drop in to see you, unexpectedly or by appointment. Put a sign on the door during nap times so you can rest or even nap. Wary is the door knocker who sees a sign (Baby sleeping- do NOT knock). Refuse to let anyone who has a cold or other illness into the same room (or house). It is ok to say “we will catch up when all is well”. The parents among your visitors will understand all this perfectly, and if others do not, don’t worry. Your baby’s health and well-being, and your own, are of primary importance always. This certainly does not mean you must — or should — give up seeing friends and going out altogether or never do the things you enjoy. It only means your priorities have changed when you have a baby in your household, and you’re not required to continue any old habits you’ve outgrown or you wish to put aside for a time.

There are some awesome playgroups. The juggle is nap times. Find one that suits your schedule.

You time– There are many ways you can reorganize your schedule to allow time for yourself, and your social life, even if the time allotted is much less than it was pre baby. By making a conscious effort to schedule these periods, you’re giving yourself much-needed respite. Caring for yourself is just as important as caring for your baby — like they say, if mummy’s happy=baby’s happy=Happy mummy=happy household!!

What is a Certified Baby Sleep Consultant?

sleeping babyCertified Maternity, Baby and Toddler Sleep Consultant- Bring you the solution first time.


Welcome to Groovy Babies and a new approach to baby and toddler sleep consultancy in Australia! (oh and I LOVE BABIES- guaranteed that I WILL be in tune with your family’s needs)

Well actually my title is Diploma in CERTIFIED Maternity and Child Sleep and Settling Consultancy (mouthful I know but covers it all)..uh so what does that mean exactly you might ask…

By definition: A Certified Sleep Consultant is a professional that is trained and educated in  specialized  (yes specialized) sleep education, that works with families from antenatal-postnatal, babies and children to age 5. A certified sleep consultant is up to date with current evidenced based practice and research.  A certified sleep consultant is educated to provide parents with skills, knowledge and support in empowering them to guide their children to develop healthy sleep patterns, that are age and developmentally appropriate. To be objective and promote informed decision making. Families that require help are often in an emotional and vulnerable state from sleep deprivation. An empathetic, patient and respectful nature is required. Education is lacking and families are crying out for such professionals, with appropriate qualifications and accreditation.

A Certified Sleep Consultant is bound by codes of ethics, and knows boundaries of practice:  “when in doubt refer out”. They do not diagnose, treat, examine or medically advise clients, or replace advice of the family’s medical practitioner and pediatrician. In fact we work along side by side. Client confidentiality is also part of boundaries of practice. Any client has the right to have their privacy protected and avoid any disclosure of information into a public domain.

So my description is as complicated as baby sleep or the science of sleep- so if you are confused about why your baby or toddler is having issues with sleep you are not alone!

Did you know there are at LEAST 26 types of sleep experts…what 26?…I thought there was just 2..cry it out or controlled crying or versions of those…till NOW!!

So what are the most commonly known sleep approaches and methods?

-some are baby led or parent led. All wish to help families get some sleep, and work on encouraging a healthy sleep pattern.

-some are scientific/research based and some personal experience based.

-some are seen as “gentle” sleep approaches.

-involve routines and timed schedules.

-cry/or no-cry or combination.

-age appropriate or not.

-short term solution/long term solution.

-all have some method/guidelines to follow.

What are the similarities and differences amongst the variety of sleep approaches and methods?


All aim to help families.

All aim to educate parent’s on what their baby needs  to go to sleep or return to sleep upon waking.

All aim to educate parents on sleep patterns.

Gentle sleep approach combines no-cry and periods of crying to teach gentle independence.


No cry methods believe that leaving a baby to cry creates a negative sleep association which maybe detrimental to the child’s emotional health. Crying is acknowledged as the baby’s primary way of communication. The methods work to combine many tools (nursing, rocking, co-sleeping, responding to crying, altering feeding/sleeping patterns) to improve sleep patterns.

Extinction believes that by allowing a child to cry indefinitely at bedtime and up to 1 hour at nap time, the child learns quickly to fall asleep and return to sleep unassisted. Argues that the consequences of poor sleep habits and inadequate sleep far out way the short term emotional health the child experiences whilst undergoing this type of method.

Controlled Crying or Ferberization: parents respond in increments of time to child’s cries, in limited duration.

Parent led approach: parents set the daily agenda or specific time table of sleep, feeding and playing.

Baby led approach: feed, play sleep is parent’s following the baby’s cues of natural schedule.

So here are some guidelines that I suggest a family considers in regards to using a Certified Sleep Consultant:

-check have they actually have a qualification in the science of sleep.

-what sleep approach is best suited for you and your child and family?

– write down  what methods you know, read and have tried.

-write down what you know works for their baby.

-write down what you know does not work for their baby.

– take into consideration age of your baby.

-take into consideration if you are breastfeeding or bottling feeding.

– write down if you wish for a parent led approach or baby led approach- be honest.

– write down if you feel more comfortable with a no-cry, cry or combination of both method.

– AND CALL ME, I guarantee I will bring back a peaceful night’s sleep to your home.