What’s going ON with my newborns SLEEP???

Their circadian rhythms are so unforgiving under the age of three months.

So if you’re struggling to put your baby to sleep or they’re just not falling asleep, just stop, you know, give them a cuddle. They might be due for a feed. Just know that it’s about sleep pressure and sensory environment.

We can’t make our babies go to sleep. We can’t make them wee, we can’t make them poo. All we can do is provide the environments for them to be successful in that.

So their bedtimes often aren’t between 6pm and 8pm at night. Their bedtimes are often between 9 and 11pm at night.

Sometimes they’ll go to sleep, be asleep for a couple of hours, wake up at 830 or 9 o’clock, then give them a bath.

Don’t try and force anything earlier and just see if that helps. 😃 Would you like to learn more about your infants sleep, feeding and birthing?



[ARTICLE] Babies a Sleep Sacrifice for Dads: The Courier Mail April 20th 2016

SHARING night time feeds and nappy changes is ruining the sleeping patterns of new dads who are still getting up early for work.

Research shows a generational shift with fathers now heavily involved in nocturnal duties.

Queensland baby sleep specialist Amanda Bude believes dads’ sleep deprivation often goes unnoticed.

“I find the dads are more crippled by lack of sleep when the child is six to 10 months old,” she said. “Broken sleep can have a big impact on their working day.

“The dads I see are active in their children’s lives and don’t want to be left out of the bonding experience.

“Also, women who are breastfeeding can nod off back to sleep more easily after feeding thanks to the release of the hormone oxytocin,” Ms Bude said.

“I try to keep my eye on the fathers as the responsibility of becoming a new dad, coupled with sleep deprivation, can heavily impact moods.

“Up to 10 per cent of new dads can suffer from post natal depression.”


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What is Accidental Co-Sleeping? Groovy Babies Sleep Consultant Explains

Of all my clients I go visit, not many have planned from the out set on bed sharing. Many do plan on co-sleeping as that is what is recommended as a WHO and SIDS initiative in the first 6 months of life.

Research shows many benefits for babies who bed-share safely with their parents, including improved breastfeeding duration rates, improved settling with reduced crying, more infant arousals which are protective for baby, and improved maternal sleep. 80% of Australian families co-sleep or bed share in the first 6 months of life.

Accidental co-sleeping though is dangerous. It’s not planned bed sharing, its bring my baby into bed for some much needed sleep (understandably)in a bed environment not set up for bed sharing, or fall asleep on the sofa cuddles. This is unplanned bed sharing.

My clients  all ready feel guilty, and sleep deprived and anxious, and desperate, and alone, very much alone. Fear of being judged, fear of rolling onto their baby, fear they are going to create long term bad sleep habits.

I help them take action and eliminate these fears, and re align the goals they want for the future.

So what is the answer?  If you find that the only way your bub settles is with you (naturally), then educate yourself on safe co-sleeping and bed sharing guidelines.  Read Dr James McKenna’s information on safe be sharing and co-sleeping here.

[ARTICLE] Groovy Babies’ Amanda Bude is helping Gold Coast parents – and newborns – get a good night’s sleep: Gold Coast Bulletin, August 2014


 SHE’S been hailed everything from the baby whisperer to the sleep fairy for the soothing techniques she delivers to Gold Coast parents.

But Amanda Bude, a ­certified maternity and child sleep consultant, laughs off those titles.

“I almost feel like a bit of a sleep cleaner,” she said. “When you go in there and pull all the layers of the onion back.

“I find the others are quite cliche. Really what I do is empower families with the knowledge and education to bring back the gift of sleep.”

Mums and dads across the Coast desperate for sleep solutions have been turning to Mrs Bude and her Groovy Babies consultancy business for help.

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Where should my baby sleep?

Tips to consider when choosing your Baby’s Sleep Environment.

Where a baby is “supposed to” is a common discussion for all new parent’s. There are advantages and disadvantages to every type of baby sleeping arrangement.

The most common baby’s sleep environments are: cot, bassinet, bedside sleeper, parent’s bed, hammock, bouncy seat, car seat, stroller and swing.

Advantages to having your baby in your room:

1. Recommended by The World Health Organisation for the first 6 months.

2. You are able to respond quicker in case of emergency.

3. Baby is closer for feeding.

4. Baby does not get as worked up to get your attention and will settle more quickly and peacefully.

Disadvantages to having a baby in your room:

1. Babies are noisy. It takes time to understand their “noises”!

2. If bed sharing, it will be harder for your baby to settle if being looked after by someone else.

3. It takes some time for gentle transitioning from your room into baby’s own room.

4. It can be a little inconvenient relationship wise having a baby in your room.

Advantages of having a baby in its own room:

1. Maintain your bedroom as your own space.

2. Unhindered intimacy (when your baby is asleep).

3. A greater tendency to leave your room to tend to your baby. May suit your partner and work schedules better.

Disadvantages of a separate room:

1. The need to physically get up and feed during the night esp winter’s nights.

2. Can be more difficult to settle your baby back to sleep- depending on temperament.

3. Missing the closeness of your baby.

4. Continual worry about your baby’s well-being. Many new mums get up and constantly check on their baby- can then actually wake them up to see if they are ok.


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