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There are many sleep training clocks on the market…..and all of them come with promises of working magic. But truth be told, there is only really one that works…..and I’ve tried them all! God knows how much money I’ve spent on trying different products to get my 3 year old to sleep. As a sleep deprived mother I was willing to give anything a go but had almost given up before stumbling across this clock.

My daughter had always been a terrible sleeper. But things got even worse when it was time to move her from her cot (which she was climbing out of) to her big girl bed. She refused to go to sleep and would get out of bed 5-6 times before finally falling asleep. And, this would last for a period of 1-2 hours some nights. This, coupled with the 5am wake up time was driving me crazy.

A friend of mine told me about the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock and how she had been using it with her 2.5 year old daughter. She said they’d had really positive results and sleep in their household was much better as a result. So……I thought ‘why not’!

My clock arrived 2 days later and my daughter was instantly smitten with the free teddy bear included in the box. I was actually quite surprised at how easy the clock was to set up as Im not a very technological person. I just used the instructions that are in the clock itself (not the booklet). My daughter chose the scene with the teddy bear and for the first night in a very long time……she stayed in bed and fell asleep. Ok….she did get up a couple of times around 1am……but to my delight, she stayed in bed until 6.30am despite being awake earlier. Over the following few nights she was getting out of bed less and less. Two months later and I am no longer sleep deprived!

What I love about the clock are the features and being able to chose the settings that suit my daughter. We use the 15 minute countdown every night and during this time we read the book in the clock about the free teddy bear. In the beginning I had to use the lock feature…..but I haven’t had to use this for about 1 month now. My daughter loves a lit up room, so we set the brightness controller to high so it acts as a night light. This clock really is value for money and I highly recommend it for any parents suffering from sleep deprivation!




Being a mother is not quite what I expected. With that being said, I don’t really know what I expected it to be like. It’s easy to enter into a bit of a daze when you are pregnant…..a daze full of blissful dreaming about dressing your newborn in all of the brand new clothes sitting in the nursery. But, for first time mums, it’s a bit of a shock to the system when bubs arrives. Feedings around the clock, constant nappy changes, sleep deprivation….the list is endless!

I’m not really sure that anything can prepare first time mums for the highs and lows that are to come once they’ve given birth. The love that a mother feels for her baby is absolutely instant and it is a love they have never felt before. The love is the most real love that exists and it’s unconditional. Despite the love, there are real challenges that most new mums are never prepared for. Being up at all hours of the night with a screaming baby, sore nipples, sleep deprived and covered in vomit is hard to deal with. And, it’s normal for new mums to often feel quite alone.

As the baby grows, you learn to deal with the challenges better and probably stress less about the small things. And whilst the joys are always there, new challenges emerge as your baby learns new skills and reaches milestones. Learning as a mother never ends. I am a mother of 2 girls and I feel like I learn something new about motherhood each and every day.

Many call me a ‘helicopter parent’ and I agree that I probably am. Whilst I try and give them some freedom to explore, I think it’s just a normal motherly instinct to want to protect your children so they don’t get hurt.

There are so many different sorts of mums…..stay at home mums, working mums, work at home mums, work away from home mums…….at the end of the day, we are all mums and we have the most challenging and underpaid job on the planet! With that being said, I think most would agree that we also have the most rewarding job on the planet. I feel very fortunate to have spent the early years of both my children at home with them. There were definitely times where I wanted to pull my hair out but I wouldn’t change a thing in the world…..being there to see all the firsts makes me feel very grateful.

To all of the mums out there……just remember that you are doing a wonderful job. Don’t forget to look after ‘you’ too!



There are a lot of different styles of parenting that parents choose to adopt with their little ones. There is no ‘one’ correct style and it’s a personal decision as to the style a family wishes to use.  

Many parents are enamored by the Montessori approach and follow its principles from the day the baby is born. Children start the Montessori lifestyle so young that they grow up using a floor bed. So many educational and parenting experts appreciate the benefits of the Montessori methodology and their endorsement has led to the increase of admission in Montessori schools. Fortunately, there are now many education professionals who’ve chosen to train and qualify to be teachers in Montessori facilities, so more and more children are gaining access to this approach.

If you are looking to learn more about Montessori parenting and its principles, ‘How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way’ is a great read and includes information on:

Building Foundations:

The book teaches how to build solid foundations for children before they develop further skills. It teaches you what time is the best time for your child to start learning. The book provides valuable lessons on basic reading, writing, math and science even for the child who is not yet in school.

Aiding Children in Creating their Own Individual Personality

The book understands how children see the world and teaches them how to discover the world around them. Your kids will know how to use their senses to stimulate more learning experiences. Soon they will develop skills so that they are able to do things by themselves.

Catering to Every Child

The book talks about ways in which to deal with feelings of irritability, shyness and restlessness. It offers a solution for almost any situation you might encounter as a young parent. You’ll learn how to deal with tantrums and even how to keep your home child-safe. The book basically helps children to concentrate and respect.

Offers Recognized and Tested Tips

The book has many recommendations but most importantly it showcases proven case studies related to Montessori Parenting. It illustrates some established practices and facts that are also merged with the Montessori philosophy. It is full of information on the physical and intellectual growth of children and also on how parents can nourish their kid’s natural talents and capabilities.

Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz supports all sorts of parenting styles used in a family. We offer affordable sleep consultation packages and all of our consultations are conducted in a sensitive and non judgmental manner. Our aim is to empower parents to feel confident in the choices they have made as parents whilst still aiming to achieve good sleep. Head to for more information.

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene

‘Hygiene’ can relate to a lot of different things, including sleep!

The term ‘sleep hygiene’, termed by psychologists and doctors refers to the onset of sleep and sleep disturbances and they suggest that there are a number of things we can do to prevent their occurrence.

In adults, ‘sleep hygiene’ can be improved, leading to a shorter time to fall asleep and less night waking by doing these things:

  • Keep the bed as a place for sleeping only;
  • Try not to nap during the day. If you do have to nap, keep it under an hour and before 3pm;
  • Create consistent rituals/routines to let you body know that it’s almost sleep time;
  • Have a warm bath or shower (but be careful not to raise your body temperature too much);
  • Avoid having a phone or clock right next to your bed;
  • Eat a nutritious and balanced diet;
  • Use aids to block out noise such as earplugs or a ceiling fan;
  • Ensure the room isn’t too hot and keep warm with blankets;
  • If you are having trouble sleeping, don’t cancel your plans for the following day as it teaches your body to fear losing sleep;
  • Do not consume caffeine or nicotine at least 1 hour before sleep;
  • Avoid vigorous exercise before bed, as this raises the body temperature

For toddlers, falling asleep and staying asleep (AKA ‘sleep hygiene’) can be improved by:

  • Restricting TV and games one hour before bedtime;
  • No TV in the toddler’s bedroom;
  • Monitor and restrict mobile phone use before bed and in bed. This also applies to co-sleeping families;
  • Do not allow the toddler to consume foods or drinks high in caffeine, sugar or spice 3-4 hours before bed;
  • Ensure that there is a relaxing and consistent bedtime routine in place;
  • Restrict vigorous exercise or games one hour before bed;
  • Ensure the toddler has finished their dinner 2-3 hours before bed to allow for digestion (warm milk and some snacks are okay);
  • Use a sleep diary to track what works and what doesn’t work;
  • Talk to your toddler about the importance of sleep and when bedtime is nearing close;
  • Use a toddler sleep training clock such as the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock to engage your toddler in the bedtime process and keep them in bed throughout the night. (More information on the clock can be found at

‘Sleep hygiene’ for babies can be improved by:

  • Ensuring that your baby is not engaged in stimulating activities before bed;
  • Using the bed for sleep only (no playing etc);
  • Ensure that the baby has not consumed any caffeine (including through breast milk) before bed;
  • Have a consistent and positive bedtime routine in place.

Whilst the above recommendations do not guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep, they can definitely foster not only the onset of sleep but also the sleep quality throughout the night.

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Bruxism (also known as teeth grinding) while sleeping is a disorder that can be disturbing and concerning to the people around you. People who experience this disorder may not even know that they are grinding their teeth but it’s the spouse who hears it or the parents of the child doing it.

Although bruxism most often occurs during sleep, it can also occur during the daytime for some people. It can be disturbing for parents if they find your children experiencing bruxism. This disorder actually affects children moreso than adults and it may be alarming to find your child clenching or grinding their teeth during sleep.

Aside from being disturbing, the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth during sleep can also cause dental problems which in turn can lead to headaches and pain after waking up. In severe cases of bruxism jaw problems can occur so it’s important to seek medical advice if you are concerned that your child is suffering from a severe case of bruxism.

Before discussing some helpful tips on stopping teeth grinding, it is important to firstly understand some of the causes of this habit. Although the exact causes have not yet been specifically determined, there are possible causes that are associated with bruxism including stress and anxiety. This disorder is also seen to be common with individuals who are aggressive and hyperactive, as well as those full of frustrations and reserved emotions or anger.

Aside from these psychological factors, the physical causes of bruxism can include misaligned teeth or some bite problems. It can also be a side effect to certain medications. In the case of children, growing teeth and jaws may also lead to teeth grinding at night.

Tips on stopping teeth grinding while sleeping depend largely on what is causing the bruxism. If the case if found to be due to stress and anxiety, it’s important to find solutions on managing these issues. Meditation, deep breathing, releasing the anger safely and positive and consistent bedtime routines are good techniques to try.

If the child is suffering from severe teeth grinding because of dental related problems then a visit to the dentist is a good idea. A mouth guard or splints may be recommended. Crowns or overlays may also be suggested especially when your teeth grinding has caused the teeth to be more sensitive.

In mild cases of bruxism, a sleep consultant can possibly assist. Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz offers a range of affordable sleep consultation packages. Our professional sleep consultants work with the child and the parent in sensitive and gentle ways to improve sleep for not only the child but the entire family. Go to

Positive Sleep Aids vs. Negative Sleep Aids

Positive Sleep Aids vs. Negative Sleep Aids

As parents, we want to do whatever we can to help our little ones go to sleep and stay asleep. For babies and young children, getting to sleep can be a difficult task which can cause frustration for the parent. Sleep aids are things that help little ones fall asleep and stay asleep. However, there are positive sleep aids and negative sleep aids. I personally, am not opposed to sleep aids. If it helps a child achieve better sleep and is doing its job then I do not see the harm in it. However, some sleep aids might actually be causing more of a disturbance to the child or the parent which isb’t helpful.

A negative sleep aid is something that effects either the sleep for the child or takes up too much of the parent’s time. For example, I had a case where a baby would only sleep whilst holding it’s mother’s hair. Whilst this was helping the baby sleep, it was not a pleasant experience for the mum who not only found it uncomfortable, but was unable to move in fear of waking the baby. Other cases might be that a baby will only fall asleep if the mother’s hand is on their back. These constitute negative aids for obvious reasons.

Positive sleep aids are helpful to both the child and the parent. A special blankie (if the baby is old enough to have one) can be a positive sleep aid. A dummy can also be a positive sleep aid. The reason I use the word “can” is because if the baby loses its blankie or its dummy and wakes up crying then it can turn into a negative sleeping aid as its affecting sleep in a negative manner. Something parents can do as the baby gets older is teach them how to find their dummy themselves so they don’t have to get up to find it.

Other positive sleeping aids include:

  • A piece of clothing with a mother’s smell in the cot (if the baby is old enough);
  • Breastfeeding or bottle;
  • A special blanket;
  • Teddy bear;
  • Music;
  • White noise machine;
  • Sleep training clock.

A fantasic positive sleep aid for children aged 2 years and up is a toddler sleep training clock. It is comforting in nature for little ones to have in their rooms and the best on the market in the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock. Packed full of so many features it’s a brilliant sleep product and is customizable to suit individual children and their sleeping needs. Go to for more information.



“Is it okay to assist my baby to sleep?” The answer is yes. Your child’s health is likely to be a high priority and you already know that kids get very cranky and difficult if they don’t get enough sleep!

This is a controversial topic as some believe that assisting a baby to sleep will stop them learning the skill of self settling. I disagree. I do not see a problem with assisting a baby or young child to sleep. Having difficulty falling asleep is a common problem and some babies and children need more help in this area.

‘Assisting’ to sleep can include a variety of different things such as feeding to sleep, patting to sleep or just being in the child’s room with them and singing. No matter what method you choose to help your little one fall asleep…’s ok!

Young babies especially often need a lot of help falling to sleep. Self settling is a skill that needs to be learnt and takes time. Some babies might learn this skill early on but it might take others well into the toddler years to learn. Is it ok to help a 3 year old fall asleep? In my opinion, the answer is yes as long as the parent is comfortable in doing so.

I believe it’s a myth that assisting a baby to sleep will cause them to never learn the skill of self settling. When a child is ready to fall asleep independently they will do so. What I do encourage parents to do though, is to only help the child fall asleep if they need it. If they don’t need assistance in falling to sleep then there is no need to do it.

Some parents find they get quite anxious about their child learning to self settle. It’s important for parents to manage expectations. Is it ok to expect a 5 month old to fall asleep on their own? No, I don’t believe it is. Some 5 month old babies might be able to get to sleep by themselves, but if they cannot then there is no issue in helping them. This will not stop them learning the skill of self settling when they are ready.

Is it ok to expect a 3 year old to fall asleep independently? Whilst I don’t believe it’s ok to “expect” them to do so, I do believe its fine for a parent of a 3 year old to want them to learn this skill. And, there are lots of different things that can be done to help them learn the skill of self settling.

As a sleep consultant I work with a lot of families who are keen to teach their babies and young children the skill of self settling. If the baby is of an appropriate age then I work closely with the baby and the parents to gently teach this skill using a variety of sleep training methods. Sometimes it only takes a matter of days for the baby to pick up this new skill but sometimes it takes 2-3 weeks.

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Sleep is the scientifically defined unconscious state in which a person gets disconnected consciously from the outer world and relaxes all the body parts. In this state the voluntary functions of the body almost become still but the involuntary functions remain active with their speed slowing down. During sleep every one experiences another natural phenomenon called dreams. Dreams are scientifically defined as the picture portrayed by the normal functions of the brain during the unconscious state of body and this picture is seen by human beings themselves In this way human beings find themselves in a different world which is totally different form the normal world we see daily.

Sleep is required by every person (and by animals) and it plays a major role in making the body function properly. Deficiency of sleep may lead to many disorders which will disrupt the normal functioning of the human body. Generally, the required amount of sleep by a person varies with age. A newborn baby sleeps a lot more than an adult person and at the same time the natural time period which is required for sleeping at a particular age should be practiced in order to keep the body properly functioning.

Many cultures have their own interpretation regarding dreams. The scientific study of dreams is called "Oneirology" but a lot of different cultures associate dreams with spiritual meanings. These are mostly considered to be messages from God and these messages are sometimes translated by experts like.

For littlies, dreams really start becoming active in the toddler and pre-school years. This is a result of their little imaginations beginning to really develop. In turn, these dreams can be in the form of nightmares and night terrors and these are becoming more prevalent as a result of so much technology use. Parents can help reduce the amount of nightmares and night terrors by minimizing TV and technology use and having in place a good bedtime routine.

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Toddlers can be fussy and hard to feed. Whilst a lot of people will say “children will eat when they’re hungry and won’t starve”….it’s still important to ensure your little one is eating a healthy and balanced diet. Check out some of our tips below for helping to get your toddler more excited about meal time:

Finger food

Finger foods are fairly easy to prepare and something that is appealing to kids. They can pick the food up themselves to eat and finger food comes in lots of different forms. Sweet potato fries are not only delicious but they are healthy and something a lot of toddlers love. Cut up carrot, celery and capsicum can be served with a dip that your child likes. It might be a tad messy but we can’t win all of the battles! Any sort of vegetables that your child likes can be cut up for your little one to enjoy. Cheese and biscuits are often a popular choice also.


Rich with sweetness, fruits are a go to in my house and the fruit bowl is always full. If your child refuses everything else offered to them, turn to fruit. Healthy and full of fibre….fruit is a great option for little ones.


Eggs are both nutritious and fun to eat. There are so many different ways to cook eggs and they are packed full of protein for growing kids. A favourite in my house is a boiled egg served in an egg cup with soldiers (cut up toast to dip into the egg).


Whilst cooking can be a tiring task, a good way to get your little one eating is to provide them with choices. By ‘choices’ I don’t mean a choice of 10 meals or even 5. But, a choice of 2 to 3 different meal options gives your toddler some control which works well.

Get Involved

Lastly, toddlers love being a part of it. Get your little one to help you with different tasks in the kitchen. Let them watch the cooking process which may in turn make them more interested in eating what they have helped to make.

Generally a fussy toddler will grow out of bad eating habits as they get older. However, it’s important for parents to instill good eating habits in the household. Eating the wrong foods, not eating enough or eating too much can affect a child’s sleeping habits so it’s important to teach healthy habits from an early age. If you feel that your child’s diet is negatively impacting upon their sleep, Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz can help. Head to for more information.



Cutting the daytime nap can be a difficult time for parents of toddlers. That 1-3 hour break in the middle of the day whilst your little one slept is no longer going to happen….and instead you enter the afternoon with a toddler who is tired. A question I get asked a lot is “when is the right time to cut the daytime nap out?” Well, there is not just ‘one’ age that makes it the right time. Generally speaking, most toddlers will cut out this nap between 3-4 years old…..but some may be earlier and some may be later. However, there are signs to look out for to suggest your little one is ready:

  • It’s getting increasingly difficult to get your toddler to sleep at naptime. This is one of the strongest signs that suggests it’s time to cut out the nap;
  • It’s getting increasingly difficult to get your toddler to sleep at bedtime. This suggests that they are getting too much sleep so it’s ready to cut the nap;
  • You cannot actually get your child to sleep at naptime and they don’t show any tired signs. This is suggesting that the extra daytime sleep is no longer needed;

Whilst some children may not experience any negative side effects to having the daytime nap cut out…..many children will also be very tired and cranky by the time the afternoon rolls around. Making the transition from one nap to no nap can be a difficult one. Some parents find that cutting out the nap only every second day to begin with to be quite helpful. Allowing them to nap every second day lets them catch up on sleep. It will be clear to parents as to whether their child is tired by the end of the afternoon. Whilst this is normal and something they will adjust to……it also might mean that napping every second day is a good option. Rest time is important for young children who are not napping. Rest time could be something like lying down and reading some books or just some other form of quiet play.

Whilst making this transition, you might find that bedtime needs to be adjusted and brought forward. Putting your little one to bed earlier allows them the extra sleep time that they are missing out on from the daytime sleep. You might bring the bedtime forward by 30-45 minutes as your toddler is excessively tired by this time.

Making any change in a toddler’s life takes time. But, they will adjust and this is just another stage to work through.

If you are experiencing problems making the transition Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz are here to help. Go to for more information.

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