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Ensuring a Good Night Sleep
Ensuring a Good Night Sleep

Possessing a bedtime routine is a really good means to make sure your toddler or preschool-aged child receives a fantastic night’s sleep. It’s a good idea to start with a bedtime routine anywhere from the age of 4 months. It is a well known face that young children strive off routine and it helps promote healthy sleep throughout the night.

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There are lots of activities you’re able to put in your bedtime ritual. These include things like a warm bath or shower, breast feed, bottle or cup of milk, quiet games, a story book, a massage or a song. Good bedtime routines start approx 30 mins before you want your child to go to sleep. At the start of the bedtime routine you should always turn the lights down to help stimulate and produce melatonin (which is the sleepy hormone).

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Other things to take into consideration when trying to promote healthy sleep include:

Overtiredness: If your toddler is overtired then they won’t be able to fall asleep easily. Tired signs include things such as yawning, rubbing of their eyes, crying, arching of the back and even hyperactivity. If you leave it too long to put your toddler to bed and they become overtired then they will find it very hard to get to sleep.

Undertiredness: If your toddler is not tired enough then they will also find it difficult to fall asleep. Ensure that your little one is on an age appropriate routine with enough ‘awake’ time during the day and between nap times to ensure that they are tired enough to fall asleep at bed time.

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Hunger: Your toddler will not sleep very well on an empty stomach. They also won’t sleep very well if they are too full. Ensure you feed your child dinner at least 1 hour before bedtime to give enough time for their body to digest the food.

Sleep Environment: A dark room is best as darkness helps produce melatonin AKA the sleepy hormone. As well as darkness, the room should be at the correct temperature (not too hot and not too cold) and your toddler should be dressed appropriately for bed. The night time temperature is at its coldest between 4am and 5am so ensuring that not only the room temperature but also that your toddler is dressed warm enough for this time is essential to a good night sleep.

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Sleep is essential for healthy growth and development. For more information on toddler sleep as well as more hints and tips, go to www.sleepystarz.com

Babies and Sleep
Babies and Sleep

In the majority of cases, newborns can sleep for any from 16 to 18 hours each day. They sleep about 1617 hours a day, and that takes up practically the entire day. During the first couple of weeks, your newborn is likely to sleep a good deal without any definitive routine in place. The older they get the less they will sleep and they will become overtired more easily.

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Whenever your baby starts to shed an interest in toys or activities it might indicate they are tired in place of bored. Some parents can confuse bored signs with tired signs. Each baby and child will have their own set of tired signs so it’s important to get to know your little one’s tired signs and put them to bed as soon as you see them. Other tired signs can include yawning, arching of the back, rubbing of the eyes, touching their ears and hyperactivity.

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When it is sleep time, putting your baby to sleep awake and drowsy rather than fully asleep will help your little one learn self settling skills. However, this is something that should not be encouraged until after the age of at least 6-8 weeks or even later. Before the 4 month regression, it’s completely okay to help your baby get to sleep.

A good bedtime routine including a bath, milk, cuddles, massage and a story are essential to encouraging good sleep and your routine should be carried through every night consistently. Sleep environment is also important. Young babies have trouble regulating their own body heat so it’s important to dress them correctly for sleep throughout the night. Usually one layer extra than what you are wearing will suffice but this essentially comes down to the individual baby. Room temperature should also be correct for your little one. Lastly, a dark room will help promote sleep. Darkness produces melatonin which is the ‘sleepy hormone’.

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Sleep and self settling are things that take time to improve upon for babies. Try and be patient whilst your baby learns the skill of sleeping through and self setting and enjoy the extra cuddles whilst their young.

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Getting Your Baby to Sleep
Getting Your Baby to Sleep

Good sleep for your baby or toddler doesn’t always have to be overly complicated. Nor does it have to involve ‘crying it out’ or traditional “sleep training methods” often used by doctors. Sometimes improving your child’s sleep is a really simple fix.

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Check out our 5 proven steps for improving your child’s sleep:

Sleep Environment

Sleep environment is one of those things that often gets easily overlooked because of stress and anxiety about ensure you are doing everything else correctly. Sleep environment is all about the sleep space in which your baby or toddler sleeps in and ensuring it promotes good sleep. Having a dark room is essential for the production of melatonin (AKA the ‘sleepy hormone’) and having the room at the correct temperature is also important. Babies and toddlers will pick up on small changes to their sleep environment such as a light that was on outside of their room when they went to sleep being switched off by 1am in the morning. These changes can affect their sleep so it’s important to keep the sleep environment the same throughout the night if possible.

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Awake Times

Having the right awake times for your baby is crucial to your baby settling easily and sleeping and napping well. A baby who isn’t awake long enough between naps or who only naps for short periods might fight going to sleep because they’re not tired enough. A baby who is awake for too long between naps will also fight sleep due to overtiredness. Awake times are constantly changing as your baby grows and develops – so the awake time for a 2 week old baby will be vastly different to the awake time of an 8 week old baby.

Bedtime Routine

Babies can get overstimulated very easily and some wind-down time before a nap as well as bedtime at night is important to let your baby get in the zone for sleep. This also signals to your baby or toddler that naptime or bedtime routine is approaching and act as a sleep cue in their day. Positive bedtime and naptime routine includes ensuring your little one has a full tummy, bath, massage, cuddles or a book.

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Settling

A baby’s ability to settle to sleep depends on their age and whether they actually have learnt the skill of self setting. Before the 4 month regression hits, there is absolutely nothing wrong with settling your baby completely to sleep. If possible, it’s a good idea to settle them to sleep in their bed as it will help them learn this skill the older they get. As your baby gets older, they will slowly learn to self settle and there are different methods you can use to promote this skill being learn.

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Age Appropriate Routine

Ensuring your baby is on an age appropriate routine is crucial to promoting good sleep habits. This includes nap length as well as awake times. Some babies need a hand regulating their nap lengths so that they nap for the perfect amount, at the optimum times of the day, to lead to easy settling and good night time sleep. Some babies love to sleep in the day and are then up all night because they’ve had too much day sleep and genuinely aren’t tired enough for a deeper sleep overnight! Overtiredness and undertiredness will both affect your baby or toddler’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep of a night time. So, age appropriate routines including nap times, nap length and awake times are very important.

For more information as well as hints and tips on getting babies and toddlers to achieve better sleeping habits go to www.sleepystarz.com

The Story Behind the Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock
The Story Behind the Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock

A couple in Melbourne faced the same problem all parents of toddlers face – and came out victorious.

After struggling with sleep deprivation as a result of their child’s poorly regulated sleep schedules during their toddlerhood, Emily and Nathaniel Duffell, the co-founders of Sleepy Starz Pty Ltd came up with the idea of creating a device that would help parents around the globe remember what a good night’s sleep feels like – and help their toddlers get acquainted with the notion too.

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The result is the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock, a revolutionary toddler sleep training clock that is designed to regulate toddlers’ sleep cycles and help them sleep throughout the night. Featuring different scenes in which the child can choose from and child-friendly images, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock keeps toddlers engaged all whilst initiating them to the sleep process including falling asleep independently as well as staying in bed until the ‘wake up time’ chosen and preset by the parent.

Acknowledging that all children are different and that parents choose different sleep training styles, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock comes with three different sleep settings, allowing parents to select the setting they feel suits their child’s temperament and personality best.

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The aforementioned sleep settings including Simple, Moon Crossover and Star Countdown offer different night time set ups, while parents and children can also choose one of the clock’s 7 loveable scenes to be projected onto the clock during the night.

What’s more, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock comes with more features than ever seen before including a brightness controller, picture story book, 15 minute countdown timer and a lock feature while all its options can be easily configured through its high-tech touch screen.

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Commenting on their invention, the founders of Sleepy Starz said “As seasoned parents, we saw firsthand the toll that sleep-deprivation took on both ourselves and our daughter. We experimented with many sleep training methods, but nothing worked. This is when we came up with the idea to create a device which would make sleep training natural and enjoyable for young children, while also allowing parents to control the process, too”.

Each Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock comes with a free teddy bear called ‘Sleep Tight Ted’ who not only features in the clock but also stars in the 7 page picture story book. Children love the association of the teddy bear with the clock.

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The Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock has been granted an Australian innovation patent (Patent number: 2015101639), and has a patent pending in the USA.

The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock is available for purchase at www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-clock/  and will be through stockists soon.

Tips for Helping Your Little Ones Get Through The Dreaded ‘Daylight Savings Time Change’

Daylight Saving Time EndsFor both kids (and parents alike) getting through the beginning or end of daylight savings can be a really daunting and difficult time. Whilst an hour change in time might seem like a small change for adults, for children this is a really big period of time that can impact on their sleep cycles and we end up with grumpy & overtired kids which isn’t fun for anyone! This will then interfere with not only their sleep routine but ours, as parents also! We’ve all been there and it’s not an enjoyable time!

For mums and dads, there are things we can do to make this challenging time a bit easier:

• It’s important to understand that the start or end of daylight savings is a big thing in a little child’s normal night-time process. Kids generally love routine and actually thrive off routine and daylight savings throws everything into havoc. If we, as parents, can mentally prepare ourselves that there is a challenging period of time with our kids’ sleeping coming up then I think we can cope with it better. For a lot of young children daylight savings start or end will often affect their sleep routine and we will need to adjust our normal day-to-day family lifestyle/night-time routine to suit our kids at this point.
• Remember, it doesn’t last forever! Unless there is some sort of underlying medical issue such as reflux or iron deficiency for example, most kids will jump back into a good bedtime pattern within 1-3 weeks…I promise there’s light at the end of the tunnel if we do the right things.
• Being there for our kids and providing extra comfort is really important. Little children need a lot of comfort at the best of times, but being overtired and cranky (as they do not understand their new routine can be really hard on them!) There’s a good chance that you will need to provide extra comfort and settling techniques for between 1-3 weeks at daylight savings beginning or end. For babies, settling techniques include:
o Feeding
o Patting
o Rocking
o Singing
o Presence in their room
o Dummy/pacifier
Each family needs to work out what works best for them.
• For toddlers and older children you may want to try:
o An extra book
o Singing
o Presence in their room
o Patting
o Reasoning
o Rewards such as stickers for performing the desired behaviours
Again, work out what works best for your family.

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For children themselves, day light savings start or end can be a very troublesome time, but there are definitely things that parents can do to help make their transition easier. These include:

• Start now! In the early hours of Sunday 1st April we’ll be putting our clocks one hour back. One of the best things to do with kids is start moving their bedtime back by 10 minutes each night now, in the lead up to daylight savings beginning. Start the whole bedtime routine 10 minutes later. If the normal bedtime is 7pm, change the bedtime to 7.10pm on the first night, 7.20pm on the second night and so on until you have achieved the desired bedtime. You might need to do this gradually over a period of 2-3 weeks as one hour is a big thing for young children.
• Bedtime routines are crucial. With the start of daylight there is a change in light in the child’s bedroom. Try and stay in control of the light and what the child is used to so it doesn’t startle them come bedtime. It is widely known that light will affect melatonin levels (and melatonin is what helps us all sleep…so let’s keep it dark if possible!)
• For older children/toddlers, talk to them about possible changes that might be happening and prepare them for these changes. Toddlers understand a lot and they often do not respond well when confronted with something completely unexpected.
• For younger babies who we cannot reason with try and use the above technique of changing routines in 10 minute increments. Push back a bedtime feed (if only by a few minutes) each night over a period of 1-3 weeks.

Another great tool for toddlers in the lead up to daylight savings is the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock which gets children excited about going to bed. The clock uses child friendly and calming images to teach children when it’s time to go to bed and when they are allowed to get out of bed in the morning. The clock was specifically created to fit into any child’s normal bedtime routine and actually works because it uses the theory of night is for sleeping and day time is to be awake. However, it does not have the outside environment in terms of light and dark which is confusing to children when daylight savings comes around and it’s still light outside at 9pm.

The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock is a must have for parents of fussy toddlers and can be purchased from www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-clock/

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Baby Bedding Maintenance for Easier Sleep

Providing your baby with efficient protection against germs and a good sleep every night, is a great challenge. The proper cleaning and maintenance of the baby bedding is crucial for the way your baby sleeps. There are too many irritants we use when it comes to laundry, and you need to limit them as much as possible. We all know how difficult this can be – the hand-to-mouth reflex is very strong in babies, which combined with the weak orientation, makes them stain magnets. Here are a few tips for baby bedding maintenance, which will help your baby sleep easier.

How often should you wash things? Most new parents ask this question with panic in their eyes. Babies and children have very strong senses and gentle skin, so you’ll have to prepare yourself for a lot of laundry for the near future. When your baby is very young, you will have to change bed sheets and pillow cases even a couple times a day. However, once your little one grows a little, you will get into a somewhat reasonable routine. The best washing frequency for things like bed sheets, pillow cases and mattress pads is twice a week. The bumper pads need to be cleaned at least once a month, because they collect a lot of dust and general grime. Blankets, covers and everything else similar you might be using in the baby crib, should be laundered at least twice a month. The pillows also need to be washed at least every 6 weeks – it will protect your baby’s sinuses, and healthy sinuses mean healthy sleep.

Always use a natural detergent.Even detergents, which are supposed to be baby safe, sometimes contain chemicals and fragrances, which can disturb your baby’s sleep. The traditional laundry detergents can cause skin rashes and nose irritations, which will keep your little one up all night. And nobody wants that. When you buy the laundry detergent, make sure it doesn’t contain any irritants or allergens. Alternatively, you can try this simple and hypoallergenic DIY laundry detergent: grate 3 bars of castile soap and mix them with 6 cups of washing soda. You can also add a few drops of coconut oil if you want; the smell is proven to calm babies. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load.

Wash on a gentle cycle.The softness of the baby bedding is crucial for your baby’s strong sleep. To keep it soft for longer, it’s recommended to wash all the bedding on the gentle cycle of your washing machine. The gentle cycle will also help preserve the fabric, so the items will last for longer. The drying time will be a little longer, but it will all be worth it in the end. Another thing you need to remember about laundry is, that the baby items should be washed separately from your other laundry, there’s no need to mix the germs.

Line dry baby bedding when possible.Dryers can be disastrous on delicate baby bedding. Natural sunlight, on the other side, is a great disinfectant, so you should take advantage and line dry your baby’s bedding whenever you can. Clean bedding that smells fresh from being outdoors will also soothe your baby to sleep. If you live in a house or apartment, which doesn’t have an option for an outdoor clothesline, then get a drying rack and put it out on a balcony or near an open window.

The mattress.Baby mattresses are often washable on only one side. Follow the instructions on the label to clean them and remember to dry thoroughly. If your baby stains the non-washable side, avoid using moisture to clean it. Remove any solids with a knife, and blot up as much as you can with an old towel. Get a bowl of soapy water and use only the foam to sponge clean the fabric. Then rinse with a clean sponge. Make sure it’s thoroughly dry before you place your baby on it again.

Calming fragrances for your baby’s bedding.Smell is a very pervasive sense, and it’s vital that your baby’s sleeping area is soothing on an olfactory level. The sense of smell in newborns is a lot more sensitive than in older babies and toddlers, so it’s not recommended to use fragrant products in the first three months. But from three months onward you can use smells to calm your baby before and during sleep. Some smells which work great are lavender, rose, vanilla and chamomile. You can use those in laundry, or just place a burner for essential oils some place safe in the nursery. Nowadays you can even buy stuffed toys impregnated with a soothing scent, that will help your baby sleep better.

Baby Sleep SolutionJane Wilson is a Melbourne-based business manager, blogger and a mum. Just like every modern woman, she struggles every day to find the balance between taking care of her daughter and developing a successful career. She manages Fantastic Cleaners Melbourne– a professional cleaning company, which provides safe and tested services for everything around the home or office. She also has a personal blog called Modern Housewives, where she shares tips and advice for women in similar situations. For more information go to https://fantasticcleaners.com.au/melbourne/.

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