Sleep_speak

Certified Baby and Child Sleep Consultant providing tailored sleep plans and follow up support. Empowering parents to set up healthy sleep habits for their little ones.

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12/12/2021

Anyone else feel like this? Toddlers really know how to prolong the bedtime routine that's for sure!
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My top tips for managing those bedtime stalling tactics are:
- Ensure you have a predictable bedtime routine that consists of activities that occur in the same order each night. e.g. bath, dressed, active play, story, cuddle, bed.
- You could introduce a visual timetable for your toddler to keep things on track where they can pull off/move across a picture representing the activity once completed.
- Offer choices to give your toddler some autonomy as they're more likely to participate if they feel like they have some control over what happens at bedtime e.g. offer them a choice of two books, who do they want to tuck them in, mum or dad? etc.
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What does your toddler do to delay going to bed?

#babysleepconsultant #toddlersleep #bedtime #bedtimeroutine #sleeptips #sleepcoach #melbournemums #toddlermums #geelongmums

Anyone else feel like this? Toddlers really know how to prolong the bedtime routine that's for sure!
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My top tips for managing those bedtime stalling tactics are:
- Ensure you have a predictable bedtime routine that consists of activities that occur in the same order each night. e.g. bath, dressed, active play, story, cuddle, bed.
- You could introduce a visual timetable for your toddler to keep things on track where they can pull off/move across a picture representing the activity once completed.
- Offer choices to give your toddler some autonomy as they're more likely to participate if they feel like they have some control over what happens at bedtime e.g. offer them a choice of two books, who do they want to tuck them in, mum or dad? etc.
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What does your toddler do to delay going to bed?

#babysleepconsultant #toddlersleep #bedtime #bedtimeroutine #sleeptips #sleepcoach #melbournemums #toddlermums #geelongmums

07/12/2021

You may be wondering when/if your baby will ever get to the stage where they're having these elusive 2 hour lunch naps that other mums speak of!
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Don't worry, as frustrating as those short naps are, they will soon be a thing of the past once the part of your baby's brain that regulates sleep, matures. Babies may start catnapping as early as 8 weeks and may continue on this way until they reach around 5-6 months of age. This is normal!
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If your baby's naps are not naturally extending though, check you have the following in place to support your baby to link their cycles during the day:
- Have the foundations in place. By this I mean ensure the room is darkened (babies will always sleep better in a dark room), the temperature is optimal for sleep and they're dressed appropriately, and they have a full tummy! A top up feed before the midday nap can ensure your baby isn't waking prematurely out of hunger.
- Is there enough sleep pressure for your baby to sleep for more than one sleep cycle? Ensure you are increasing your baby's awake times between naps as they get older, rather than keeping them on a newborn schedule.
- Layer in some baby-led sleep associations such as white noise, swaddle/sleeping bag, comforter (if over 7 months).
- Ensure the morning nap isn't too long. You can't expect your baby to do a 2 hour lunch nap if they've had 1.5 hours in the morning. Try capping the morning nap so that your baby does their longest sleep in the middle of the day. This will ensure your day is more balanced and baby won't be overtired by bedtime.
- Ensure the late afternoon nap isn't too early or too long as this can prevent the lunch nap from consolidating as your baby comes to depend on it and will wake early in order to be tired enough to go down for that next nap.
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Are you struggling to get that 2 hour nap happening?

You may be wondering when/if your baby will ever get to the stage where they're having these elusive 2 hour lunch naps that other mums speak of!
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Don't worry, as frustrating as those short naps are, they will soon be a thing of the past once the part of your baby's brain that regulates sleep, matures. Babies may start catnapping as early as 8 weeks and may continue on this way until they reach around 5-6 months of age. This is normal!
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If your baby's naps are not naturally extending though, check you have the following in place to support your baby to link their cycles during the day:
- Have the foundations in place. By this I mean ensure the room is darkened (babies will always sleep better in a dark room), the temperature is optimal for sleep and they're dressed appropriately, and they have a full tummy! A top up feed before the midday nap can ensure your baby isn't waking prematurely out of hunger.
- Is there enough sleep pressure for your baby to sleep for more than one sleep cycle? Ensure you are increasing your baby's awake times between naps as they get older, rather than keeping them on a newborn schedule.
- Layer in some baby-led sleep associations such as white noise, swaddle/sleeping bag, comforter (if over 7 months).
- Ensure the morning nap isn't too long. You can't expect your baby to do a 2 hour lunch nap if they've had 1.5 hours in the morning. Try capping the morning nap so that your baby does their longest sleep in the middle of the day. This will ensure your day is more balanced and baby won't be overtired by bedtime.
- Ensure the late afternoon nap isn't too early or too long as this can prevent the lunch nap from consolidating as your baby comes to depend on it and will wake early in order to be tired enough to go down for that next nap.
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Are you struggling to get that 2 hour nap happening?

14/11/2021

Self care is so important for our mental well-being. If you don’t take the time to take care of you, then how can you possibly take care of anyone else?
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Remember self care is not selfish! Take some time every day to do something just for you. This doesn’t include grocery shopping on your own or cleaning the house! It should be something that actually fills your cup!
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I plan to have a coffee in peace and do a YouTube work out today (weather is crappy outside!) What are you going to do for yourself today?
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#bekindtoyourself #selflove #selfcare #youareenough #selfcareisntselfish #geelongmums #melbournemumsandbubs #putyourselffirst #selfloveclub #healthysleephabits #sleepexpert #parentcoaching #parenteducation

Self care is so important for our mental well-being. If you don’t take the time to take care of you, then how can you possibly take care of anyone else?
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Remember self care is not selfish! Take some time every day to do something just for you. This doesn’t include grocery shopping on your own or cleaning the house! It should be something that actually fills your cup!
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I plan to have a coffee in peace and do a YouTube work out today (weather is crappy outside!) What are you going to do for yourself today?
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#bekindtoyourself #selflove #selfcare #youareenough #selfcareisntselfish #geelongmums #melbournemumsandbubs #putyourselffirst #selfloveclub #healthysleephabits #sleepexpert #parentcoaching #parenteducation

23/09/2021

"Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you're good enough, self-compassion asks, what's good for you?" - Kristen Neff
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As a parent or carer, you might sometimes be too hard on yourself. You might compare yourselves to others and judge yourself too harshly. Do you ever catch yourself saying things like:
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"I'm so bad at this"
"I'm the worst parent"
"I can't do anything right."
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It's natural to feel like this at times but it's important that you learn to be kinder to yourself as you navigate the challenges of being a parent.
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Self-compassion is about treating yourself with the same warmth, care and understanding you'd give to someone you care about. It's also about acknowledging that everyone goes through challenges and that they're just a part of life. This doesn't make you a bad parent.
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Self-compassion supports your mental health and wellbeing and reduces stress and anxiety which enables you to be better able to give your child what they need to grow and develop well. It also teaches your child that it's ok to make mistakes, we can learn from them and try again.
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Try practising some self-compassion by following these steps:
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✅ Pause and notice your thoughts - ask yourself if what you're telling yourself is true or just how you feel at that moment?
✅ Remind yourself that raising a child is a big and important job - we're not going to be perfect and sometimes we make mistakes. It's ok that we find things hard or need to ask for help. Try to let go of needing to control everything - it's simply not possible.
✅ Say something kind to yourself - what would you say to a friend going through the same thing? How would you encourage them? You could say something like "Other parents find this hard too, I'm not the only one."
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What would you like to tell yourself today?

"Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you're good enough, self-compassion asks, what's good for you?" - Kristen Neff
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As a parent or carer, you might sometimes be too hard on yourself. You might compare yourselves to others and judge yourself too harshly. Do you ever catch yourself saying things like:
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"I'm so bad at this"
"I'm the worst parent"
"I can't do anything right."
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It's natural to feel like this at times but it's important that you learn to be kinder to yourself as you navigate the challenges of being a parent.
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Self-compassion is about treating yourself with the same warmth, care and understanding you'd give to someone you care about. It's also about acknowledging that everyone goes through challenges and that they're just a part of life. This doesn't make you a bad parent.
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Self-compassion supports your mental health and wellbeing and reduces stress and anxiety which enables you to be better able to give your child what they need to grow and develop well. It also teaches your child that it's ok to make mistakes, we can learn from them and try again.
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Try practising some self-compassion by following these steps:
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✅ Pause and notice your thoughts - ask yourself if what you're telling yourself is true or just how you feel at that moment?
✅ Remind yourself that raising a child is a big and important job - we're not going to be perfect and sometimes we make mistakes. It's ok that we find things hard or need to ask for help. Try to let go of needing to control everything - it's simply not possible.
✅ Say something kind to yourself - what would you say to a friend going through the same thing? How would you encourage them? You could say something like "Other parents find this hard too, I'm not the only one."
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What would you like to tell yourself today?

17/09/2021

I know how hard it is when you have a baby you can never put down! Miller was like this as a newborn, he needed to be held all the time!
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But you know what, it’s ok!! This won’t last forever!
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It’s completely normal for newborns to want to be held a lot. It makes them them feel safe and secure. There are also many benefits to keeping your newborn close. It keeps baby warm, helps to regulate breathing and heart rate, fosters a secure attachment, improves weight gain and reduces crying.
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If you’re struggling not being able to have your hands free, try wearing your baby in a sling or carrier.
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Remember, you won’t set up bad habits during the newborn season. There is no such thing as a baby being held too much.
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Tag a new mama who needs to hear this today.
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#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #newborn #toddler #child #melbournemums #melbournemumsandbubs #geelongmums #mumsofgeelong #sleepexpert #sleeptips #tired #sotired #sleepdeprived #naproutine #newbornsleep #babysleep #toddlersleep #babysleepproblems #mumtobe #mumlife #parentlife

I know how hard it is when you have a baby you can never put down! Miller was like this as a newborn, he needed to be held all the time!
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But you know what, it’s ok!! This won’t last forever!
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It’s completely normal for newborns to want to be held a lot. It makes them them feel safe and secure. There are also many benefits to keeping your newborn close. It keeps baby warm, helps to regulate breathing and heart rate, fosters a secure attachment, improves weight gain and reduces crying.
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If you’re struggling not being able to have your hands free, try wearing your baby in a sling or carrier.
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Remember, you won’t set up bad habits during the newborn season. There is no such thing as a baby being held too much.
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Tag a new mama who needs to hear this today.
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#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #newborn #toddler #child #melbournemums #melbournemumsandbubs #geelongmums #mumsofgeelong #sleepexpert #sleeptips #tired #sotired #sleepdeprived #naproutine #newbornsleep #babysleep #toddlersleep #babysleepproblems #mumtobe #mumlife #parentlife

05/09/2021

Do you suspect your toddler is going through the 18 month regression right now?
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At this age your toddler is going through some pretty big changes! They're walking, talking and becoming more and more independent each day (and they definitely let us know about it!)
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This new found independence may lend itself to some pretty challenging behaviours at nap times and bedtimes in particular. They may start protesting going down or refuse the nap altogether.
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Separation anxiety also comes into play here too and you may find your toddler actually becoming distressed when you leave the room at nap time or bedtime.
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So, what can we do to help our little one's through this tricky time?
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1. Start to set some limits and enforce discipline. Toddlers are really good at pushing boundaries, so setting firm boundaries helps your toddler know what to expect. Remember that it's ok for your toddler to be upset by these boundaries. You can still acknowledge how they're feeling and let them know you hear them and understand that they don't want to go to sleep whilst still holding those boundaries firm.
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2. Stay consistent. Try and stay consistent rather than falling back to old habits such as patting or rocking to sleep, or giving your toddler a bottle to help them fall asleep, if previously they self-settled without those props. New associations can form quickly and be hard to break. If you need to, you can camp out in their room for a couple of nights.
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3. Keep offering the nap. Toddlers still need a nap until they're about 3 years of age, so don't be quick to drop it just because they're going on a nap strike. Keep offering it and it'll come back once things settle down a bit.
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What strategies have worked for you during this little bump in the road?
#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #sleeptips

Do you suspect your toddler is going through the 18 month regression right now?
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At this age your toddler is going through some pretty big changes! They're walking, talking and becoming more and more independent each day (and they definitely let us know about it!)
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This new found independence may lend itself to some pretty challenging behaviours at nap times and bedtimes in particular. They may start protesting going down or refuse the nap altogether.
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Separation anxiety also comes into play here too and you may find your toddler actually becoming distressed when you leave the room at nap time or bedtime.
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So, what can we do to help our little one's through this tricky time?
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1. Start to set some limits and enforce discipline. Toddlers are really good at pushing boundaries, so setting firm boundaries helps your toddler know what to expect. Remember that it's ok for your toddler to be upset by these boundaries. You can still acknowledge how they're feeling and let them know you hear them and understand that they don't want to go to sleep whilst still holding those boundaries firm.
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2. Stay consistent. Try and stay consistent rather than falling back to old habits such as patting or rocking to sleep, or giving your toddler a bottle to help them fall asleep, if previously they self-settled without those props. New associations can form quickly and be hard to break. If you need to, you can camp out in their room for a couple of nights.
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3. Keep offering the nap. Toddlers still need a nap until they're about 3 years of age, so don't be quick to drop it just because they're going on a nap strike. Keep offering it and it'll come back once things settle down a bit.
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What strategies have worked for you during this little bump in the road?
#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #sleeptips

Photos from Sleep_speak's post 24/08/2021

In light of Speech Pathology Australia week, here are some of my top tips to facilitate communication development in your infant.
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-Talk to your baby often e.g. talk about what you’re doing, what is happening outside etc. Your baby loves listening to your voice!
-Emphasise words for the objects most commonly used in your baby’s world. Babies will learn nouns (names for people and things) first.
-Use a variety of words to describe what is happening around you such as verbs e.g. “wash”, prepositions e.g. “up”; adjectives e.g. “hot”; social words e.g. “bye”. Pair these with gestures to help your baby understand more abstract words.
- Repeat words – your baby will begin to understand the meaning if they hear these words often.
- Imitate the sounds your baby makes or say the word you think they might be trying to say. It doesn’t matter if they don’t pronounce the word correctly.
- Take turns when you talk, pausing and listening to your baby just like in a regular conversation. Give your baby an opportunity to have a turn.
- Get down to your baby’s level and make eye contact. It’s much easier for you and your baby to share messages if you can see and hear each other.
- Choose games and toys appropriate to your baby’s age that encourage them to interact and explore. Simple, open ended toys are best such as blocks, balls, cause and effect toys etc. You don’t need light up, noisy toys.
- Sing to your baby! Singing the same songs over and over will help your baby to learn language and rhythm.
- Share books together to promote vocabulary development. Choose simple books with large, bright pictures. Point to pictures and name them for your baby. Wait for your baby to show interest in something in the book and respond immediately with enthusiasm.
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Which one are you going to try with your baby?

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