[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] 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.

Read more:

[ARTICLE] Instagram Trend Risking Babies Health- Marie Claire July 2017

It makes for a beautiful photo, but healthcare professionals are cautioning against falling asleep with a baby on your chest.

 A new report by Essential Baby details the popularity of the cuter-than-cute photo opp, along with its inherent risks.

“We seem to swoon at the bare-chested dad with the gorgeous newborn asleep on the chest like David Beckham, Robbie Williams,” midwife Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies tells Essential Baby.


To read the article click here:

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.