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20/09/2022

Is your baby waking up excessively to feed overnight? Are they no longer interested in their day time feeds as much? If this is the case, your baby may have gotten into the habit of 'reverse cycling' which is where they consume more of their daily calories overnight than they do in the day.
If you are looking to change this so that your baby is getting longer stretches of consolidated sleep overnight, and taking better feeds in the day, then save this post!
Firstly, it's important that you follow the advice of your healthcare provider regarding overnight feeding, if your baby is not gaining adequate weight. If your baby is healthy and putting on weight but feeding frequently overnight, then you can put some steps in place to reduce these so that they're consuming more of their calories in the day time.
If your baby is feeding more frequently that every 4 hours, then I would suggest starting to spread the feeds out to four hourly, by using another settling method to re-settle your baby if they wake before it has been 4 hours since their last feed. So essentially you'll be down to 2 feeds between 7pm and 7am.
If you're noticing that your baby is no longer feeding well at their 7am feed, it's likely they are still full from that second overnight feed, so this is an indication that they may no longer need that feed. You can either drop it altogether and just re-settle your baby instead, until close enough to 7am then feed them then, or you can take a more gradual approach.
If you're breastfeeding, you could reduce down the second feed by minimizing the time at the breast until your baby just stops waking for that feed, or reduce the volume by 30mls if bottle feeding. Another option, particularly if your baby is waking around 5/5.30 for a feed, is to push it out by 30 minutes until it just becomes the 7am feed.
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11/09/2022

If you've had a rough night with your baby or toddler (hey, we've all been there!), should you let them 'sleep in' past their normal wake up time in the morning? It's tempting right? I mean, who doesn't want a little more sleep in the mornings!!
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But the best thing you can do to support your baby's sleep, is to start their day at the same time each day, regardless of how much sleep they had overnight.
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Why is this?
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Waking at the same time each day supports the body's natural biological rhythm (circadian rhythm) which ensures our baby or toddler can function optimally while awake and have good quality, restorative sleeps.
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Starting the day at the same time ensures feeds/meals, naps and bedtime all occur at around the same time each day too, making settling much easier at nap time and bedtime.
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The benefits of working with rather than against our body's circadian rhythm are far-reaching. By enforcing regularity each day, our bodily functions and cycles operate more efficiently resulting in better digestive function, immunity, concentration and memory etc.
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Do you wake your baby at the same time each morning?
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08/09/2022

You might think that rough and tumble play before bed seems a bit counter-intuitive. I mean after all, we are trying to calm our kids down to get them ready for sleep not work them up, right?
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For many toddlers and children, particularly those very active, sensory seeking ones, they need some help calming and relaxing their bodies in preparation for sleep, so rough and tumble play is a great way to achieve this.
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There are many benefits of including rough and tumble play in the lead up to bedtime:
- sensory - some children need that extra sensory input through touch and movement in order to regulate their bodies so they feel relaxed enough to sleep.
- stress relief- this type of play allows a child to move their bodies, laugh and be silly which can help them let off steam and ease any tension built up across the day.
- Connection - having special, quality 1:1 time with a parent of caregiver without distractions, is so important before bed, and this type of play is a great way to connect and bond, filling up your child's cup before they go to bed. It's also particularly helpful if your child is experiencing some separation anxiety which can make bedtimes particularly challenging.
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To support your little one with the transition from this rough and tumble play to then getting into bed for the night, here are some tips:
- set a timer
- start your bedtime routine earlier than usual if you suspect your child may have a hard time transitioning
- do the play time at the beginning of the bedtime routine so your child has a chance to calm down and move into the more calming pre-bed activities.
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Do you include rough and tumble play in your child's bedtime routine?
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06/09/2022

If your baby has started rolling, there's no need to panic! It just means that you'll need to unswaddle them and ensure they have their arms free during sleep, so that they can get out of any tricky position they find themselves in.
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You don't have to keep rolling them back over onto their backs if they're happy enough sleeping on their tummies, just as long as you always follow safe sleep advice and place baby on their back to start with.
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Lots of practise during the day using stimulating toys to encourage rolling in both directions will help!
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Do you find your baby practising their newfound rolling skills while they’re supposed to be sleeping?
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30/08/2022

✨Recent client testimonial!✨
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Zoe was 20 weeks when I started working with her. She was needing to be fed or rocked to sleep before being transferred to her cot, which could take up to an hour to do. She was waking twice a night for feeds but not settling easily back to sleep. During the day, Zoe would sometimes nap for up to 2 hours however this was usually in the morning, resulting in an unbalanced day and her being very overtired and irritable by bedtime.
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After 2 weeks of working with Zoe and mum, Megan, implementing a tailored sleep plan, we saw some great progress. Zoe learnt to self settle for bedtime and naps, using a responsive, hands on approach to settling. We reduced her overnight feeds to just the one, which consequently increased her appetite in the day so she took much better feeds. We got Zoe on to a more regular, but flexible, daily routine and ensured her sleep was more evenly spread across the day. Zoe now has 1.5-2 hour naps in the middle of the day! Go Zoe!
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If you're struggling with sleep and would like a tailored plan that meets the needs of your baby and your unique family, reach out to me! You can book a FREE 15 minute call on my website so we can chat about what package would be right for your situation. See link in bio to book!
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Photos from Sleep_speak's post 30/08/2022

Are you suspecting your baby may be going through the 4 month regression right now? Or is your baby approaching 4 months and you're freaking out about whether there sleep will be affected!❗️Save this post❗️
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Usually regressions last a few weeks, but if you’re not seeing any improvement in your baby’s sleep after this time, reach out for a consult and we can put a plan in place that is tailored to YOUR baby and doesn’t compromise your parenting style. DM to find out more! 📱
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28/08/2022

We have just hit the 4 month regression in our house, so I feel like I’ll be able to relate to this very soon!!
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Shout out to all the tired mamas out there!! 💤😴😵‍💫
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02/08/2022

Have you been wondering whether now is a good time to introduce your baby to solids? Are family members pestering you to start too early? Are professionals suggesting that you don't 'force it' with your 6 month old?
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We know that from 6 months of age is a critical period for growth and development and the nutrition from milk alone is no longer adequate to sustain this growth. 👶🏻 🍼
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Optimal nutrition is so important not only for a baby's growth and cognitive development but it also protects against many health conditions. If a baby is nutritionally compromised the risk of developing illness and allergies later increases. 🤒
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So what are the signs we should be aware of when considering the transition to solid foods? 🥣
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✅Timing: The WHO and AAP recommend introducing nutritionally adequate and safe complementary solid foods at 6 months.
✅Behaviours: There are some physical behaviours to look out for when beginning solids. It is important that your baby has the cognitive awareness of food and shows an interest in food and others' eating around them. They also need to have the physical head and neck control, be able to open their mouth and remove food from a spoon, be able to reach and grasp, and for the protective tongue thrust reflex to be suppressed.
It is important to note though, that there is no one set of behaviours that a baby must exhibit before starting solids, listed in the literature.
✅Environment: A positive environment that fosters learning is also important when starting on the solids journey. Being calm and relaxed, having a positive attitude and being responsive to your baby's attempts will go a long way in ensuring your baby makes the successful transition to solids.
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If you are at all concerned that your baby is not transitioning well to solids at 6 months, don't delay in reaching out to your health care provider 🏥

28/07/2022

Have you ever been told to 'never wake a sleeping baby?' Whilst it does seem counter-intuitive to wake a perfectly content sleeping bub, there are some times where you might want to! Here me out...
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✅If your newborn's nap exceeds 3 hours, then you would want to wake them here so that they don't miss a feed. It's important that newborns get in enough feeds during the day for their growth and development, and so they don't end up waking frequently at night to make up for lost calories.
✅It's common for newborns to have their days and nights mixed up in the first few weeks of being earthside, and that's because their circadian rhythm hasn't been established yet. By waking them after 2-3 hours and exposing them to natural light during the day will help to set their biological clocks so they'll no longer be partying all night!
✅If you want to preserve bedtime, then it's a good idea to cap that last nap (for babies on 3+ naps) at 5pm. Likewise, for babies and toddlers on 1-2 naps, cap the last nap at 3/3.30pm so that they'll be tired enough to go down at their usual bedtime.
✅If your toddler is transitioning from 1-0 naps, then you'll likely need to trim down their nap so that bedtime doesn't get pushed out, you don't see split nights or get an early morning rise. This might mean waking your toddler or preschooler after 1 and a half hours rather than letting them sleep their usual 2 hours.
✅For babies on 2 naps beginning to fight their second nap, you may need to trim down their morning nap in order for them to be tired enough to go down for their second nap and so it doesn't impact on bedtime.
✅If your little one is inclined to sleep past 7/7.30am then I'd recommend waking them so that your day starts at roughly the same time each day. This will support their internal clocks resulting in more predictable sleep patterns.
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Do you wake your sleeping baby?😴

21/07/2022

We all know how important sleep is for a child's growth, development, learning and wellbeing, but how can we tell the difference between a behavioural sleep problem and a true sleep disorder?
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If you find it a constant battle getting your child into bed at a reasonable time in the evening or if they're waking multiple times at night, it's likely that you're dealing with a behavioural sleep problem. These types of problems can be managed using behavioural strategies, holding firm boundaries and remaining consistent in the chosen approach in order for your child to learn the expected behaviour.
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There are however some red flags to look out for which may indicate that your child actually has a sleep disorder which may need to be treated or managed by a paediatric sleep specialist.
❗️snoring or pauses/gasps during sleep - this can be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS) which in young children is often caused by large tonsils and/or adenoids. An obstruction to your child's breathing causes a restless sleep pattern and poor quality sleep which affects behaviour and learning during the day.
❗️difficulty staying awake during the day - this could indicate a neurological sleep problem, narcolepsy, where the brain can't control the desire to sleep when it's awake.
❗️difficulty falling asleep and waking in the morning - this can indicate Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS). Problems going to sleep and staying asleep could also be a sign of insomnia which can have a behavioural cause or it could be linked to depression, anxiety or stress.
❗️unusual events such as night terrors, confusional arousals, sleep walking/talking.
❗️restless at bedtime - this could indicate Restless Legs Syndrome.
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If you suspect your child has a sleep disorder, discuss your concerns with your GP as a referral to a paediatric sleep specialist may be needed to investigate the problem.

20/07/2022

My husband asked the other day if Emmerson woke in the night at all! 🙄 Nice for some sleeping right through! 😴 It's probably because I scoop her up to feed her as soon as I hear her stir before she starts crying! 🤷🏻‍♀️
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Does your hubby/partner get up to help or do they sleep right through?
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Photos from Sleep_speak's post 11/07/2022

Do you have a toddler and new baby? Or perhaps you're expecting baby number two and wondering how you're going to juggle nap and bedtime schedules! Then this post is for you!
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Trying to implement a sleep routine with one child is hard enough but try throwing a new baby in the mix! 🤪
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The first few weeks are really about survival! Thankfully young newborns will pretty much sleep anywhere which makes it easier to cart them around while you take your toddler to daycare, activities, playgroup etc. As your newborn gets a bit older and becomes more alert and aware of their surroundings, it can get trickier! If you can get some help, go for it! I currently have a friend who takes Miller to daycare a couple of mornings which has been a lifesaver! It's meant I can focus on putting Emmerson down without having to interrupt her nap to do the daycare run. If you don't have help, try and time the drive so it falls around nap time so bubs can sleep in the car. Pick yourself up a drive through coffee and take the long way home!
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The evenings can be tricky without help! Some nights I feel like I'm running back and forth between the two kids, especially while Emmerson is cluster feeding! If you're like me and going it alone on weeknights, you'll probably want to stagger bedtimes and have your toddler kept busy with some special toys while you settle your baby to sleep. Once you've got both kids in bed, grab yourself a glass a wine and give yourself a high five! You deserve it!
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Don't forget, if you've got a newborn, or you're pregnant, I also have a newborn sleep guide on my website for download at $15! It comes packed with info on routines, settling, safe sleep environment, colic, reflux and more! Click the link in my bio.
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What's the biggest challenge you have in managing your baby and toddler's sleep? Comment below!

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