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Month: August 2017

Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock

Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock

The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock is the revolutionary innovation of Nat and Emily Duffell, the co-founders of Sleepy Starz Pty Ltd. The clock teaches children the concept of time through images in which they can associate with and teaches long lasting sleep habits. It has a granted patent within Australia (2015101639) and a USA patent pending.

With more features than any other sleep training clock on the market the aim of the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock is to teach children when to go to sleep, when to stay in bed and when they are allowed to get out of bed in the morning. Most young children are unable to tell the time so the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock teaches them the correct time to stay in bed through a series of enjoyable and calming images which are relatable to the child.  The parent can set the time in which they want their child to get up.

There are 7 scenes in which the parent/child can choose from as well as 3 different sleep settings allowing the parent to choose which suits their child’s personality best. The inventors of the understand that each child is different and there is no one correct way of teaching children the correct sleep principles.

The simple sleep setting has one image in which is displayed on the screen throughout the night. At the wake up time chosen by the parent, the ‘day’ image of the chosen scene will appear on the screen which tells the child they are allowed to get up.

The moon crossover setting has a series of night images in which a moon slowly crosses over the sky. The child will see that it’s close to morning time when the position of the moon is on the far right hand side of the screen. The ‘day’ image of the chosen scene will be displayed on the screen at the wake up time chosen by the parent.

The star countdown setting has a series of night images where stars slowly fade from the screen throughout the night. The day image of the chosen scene will appear on the screen at the wake up time.

The Sleep Clock has several other features including:

  • A brightness controller which allows the Sleep Clock to be used as a night light;
  • A 15 minute countdown feature where the day image of the chosen scene appears on the screen for 15 minutes before fading away to the night-time images. This allows parents to prepare children for bed;
  • An optional lock feature so the clock settings cannot be changed by the child;
  • A picture story book.

Included in the Sleep Clock packaging is your child’s very own teddy bear called Sleep Tight Ted. Sleep Tight Ted is a hero when it comes to helping children sleep. He is even featured within the Sleep Clock and will become a favourite of your child’s at bedtime.

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Sleep Deprivation and the Link to Health Issues

Sleep Deprivation and the Link to Health Issues

Emily and Nat founded Sleepy Starz Pty Ltd to provide sleep solutions, products and information to help young children, and their parents, achieve a better night’s sleep. They became first time parents to their baby girl Amber in 2009 and Amber refused to sleep through the night. Emily and Nat dealt with this all through Amber’s baby and toddler years to the point where Emily developed post natal depression. As things started to improve, they realised there had to be a better sleep solution and more specifically, a better toddler sleep-training clock.   As a result, Emily and Nat developed and manufactured a revolutionary sleep clock to teach young children how to sleep and develop good long lasting sleep patterns.  

“Parents of young children that don’t sleep, suffer from tiredness, health issues, depression, anxiety and all sorts of issues,” Ms Duffell said today.

“We were first time parents and as with many, we were thrown in the deep end. Our Amber was a terrible sleeper and would only sleep for two hours at a time. 

“Statistics show that parents can have a six-month sleep deficit in the first 24 months of a baby’s life. This really takes its toll.

“I actually developed post natal depression as a result. Lack of sleep affects every part of your life and your experience of being a parent. I even sought help, but nothing seemed to work.”

“I realised that there just had to be a better option out there because it was torturous. We tried a few different sleep training clocks but they didn’t really achieve much,” Mr Duffell continued.

“So with all of our experience in dealing with sleep deprivation, trialing different things and experimenting with some of the sleep clocks on the market, which didn’t work, we decided to create our own sleep clock that did work.  

“We knew other parents were desperate for a solution.  We spoke to other parents and realised there were many others going through exactly the same things as we did, with many only managing to get two-and-a-half hours of continuous sleep each night.

“We found a good designer and manufacturer and started work.

“The sleep clock we have developed is home grown and tested, and as Amber grew older we continued to research so we could help others with the ideal sleep-training clock.

“The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock features a 15 minute countdown timer, to prepare your child for bed 15 minutes before you actually need them to sleep and it even features a nightlight function.

“We are just proud to offer a companion for all parents out there because we know from experience how tough it can be, mentally and physically.”

The Sleep Starz Sleepy Clock is now available online via the Sleepy Starz website and will be available through stockists later in the year. The RRP price is $129.95 but for a limited time the clock is discounted to $99.95.

Sleep Tips

Sleep Tips

As a sleep consultant, one of the questions I get asked most is “When will my baby start sleeping through the night?” The fact is most newborns will not sleep through the night and it’s completely normal for them to wake needing a feed, extra comfort or help getting back to sleep.

With this being said, there are things that parents can implement from a young age to set their baby up for good sleeping habits. ‘Clean sleeping’ is really important and can be implemented from day 1. Clean sleeping is about setting your baby’s body up to have a really great sleep and includes the 3 ‘E’s’ which are environment, eating and emotions.


Environment is about ensuring things like the room temperature is correct for the baby to sleep- not too hot and not too cold. Light is another important factor and a baby’s room should be dark to help produce melatonin (the sleepy hormone). Noise is also important and an affect a baby’s sleep. If you have a baby who is easily disturbed, white noise can be a good option to muff out external noises.


Most young babies have a diet consisting of breast milk or formula. However, what the mother eats is absorbed into a breast feeding baby’s bloodstream and can affect sleep. There are certain foods that can help increase the sleep inducing hormone, melatonin and include turkey, nuts and dairy. When your baby is on solids, remember these Melatonin producing foods!


A baby’s emotional cry should never be ignored. Whilst crying is normal, it is also your baby’s way of communicating to you that there is a problem and that they need you. If your baby is crying an emotional cry, attend to them straight away and give them what they need which could be a feed, change of nappy or just a cuddle.

Around 70%-80% of babies will sleep through the night by 9 months of age if you set up the correct sleeping habits from a young age. If your baby is one that isn’t sleeping through night by this age, it doesn’t mean that you have done something wrong, some baby’s are just fussier sleepers and it takes them longer to learn this skill.

Another thing we can do to set our babies and toddlers up for a good sleep is by having in place a consistent and positive bedtime routine. Young children strive off routine and consistency is the key. A good bedtime routine should start 20-30 minutes before bed and can include things like a feed, bath, bedtime story or a song and saying “goodnight” with a cuddle before leaving the room (if not co-sleeping). If possible, let your child fall asleep independently. For young babies, this isn’t always easy, but putting a baby to bed drowsy but awake is a great way to set them up for good sleeping habits later on.

For toddlers and older children, there are more options available in terms of other products that can be used. Sleep training clocks are a great way to teach your child when it’s time for bed and when they can get out of bed in the morning. The sleep clock which I recommend is the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock which can be easily integrated into your child’s bedtime routine. The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock uses child friendly and calming images to teach your child the concept of time and when they should be asleep. It features a picture story book which is an important aspect to any toddler’s bedtime routine. It also features a 15 minute countdown timer so you can prepare your toddler for sleep time.

There are lots of sleep training methods that can be used for babies over the age of 6 months and these range from crying it out (something I don’t personally recommend) to controlled crying to the ‘camping out’ method. The type of sleep training method to use comes down to the child and to the family. What works for one family might not work for the next. The most important thing is to do what you feel comfortable with and that doesn’t create too much stress for yourself or the baby. A baby will read and respond to your stress levels and this can affect their sleep. And, always remember that consistency and persistency are key. Anything new you try is going to take time.

Children and sleeping is tricky and sleep deprivation is a hard thing to deal with and you need to also take care of yourself to be the best you can be for your little one.

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Entering parenthood for the first time is a sweet but challenging experience. Among many disadvantages and discomforts of new parenthood, the most talked about and difficult to be dealt with are problems related with sleep. ‘Teaching’ a baby to sleep at the correct times takes time and patience from the parents. A baby’s circadian rhythm (AKA body clock) is not developed when they are first born so they cannot differentiate between night and day. Newborns sleep, wake and feed around the clock in the first few weeks of life and this makes it a challenging time for parents.

Strategies to help maximize one’s opportunities to sleep include:

1) Ensue that the child gets enough sleep at regular intervals to avoid overtiredness.

2) Try to learn what your baby’s cry means. This takes time but differentiating between a hungry cry, a wet nappy cry and just a grizzle that doesn’t need immediate attention can be very helpful.

4) Teach the child to soothe themselves back to sleep on their own when they wake up in the middle of the night. This does not mean leaving your child to cry an ‘emotional cry’ without comfort. But, what it can mean is leaving your child if they are just grizzling or teaching them to find their comforter on their own.

5) Over the counter and prescription medications should not be used to help your child sleep unless prescribed by a trust worthy pediatrician. Instead, parents can ensure that their child is receiving a healthy and balanced diet, that they are getting exercise and exposure to natural light and generally using the environment to promote sleep naturally. 

6) Ensure there is a positive bedtime routine in place. A bedtime routine should start approximately 30 minutes before you want your little one to sleep and can include things like a bath, breast or bottle, massage, book, song etc. Work out what works best for your child and keep the routine consistent every night.

As a sleep consultant I always remind parents that their little ones are only babies for a short period. As much as possible I encourage parents to enjoy their time with their newborns but to also ensure they look after themselves. The health and wellbeing of the parent is just as important as that of the child. However, the term “it’s just a phase” is not helpful and not something I believe. If a child is having issues with their sleep it’s important to seek help to fix the issues sooner rather than later. Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz offers affordable sleep consultation packages to help with these very issues. Go to for more information.

Bedtime Battles: No More – A ‘Must Read’ for Sleep Deprived Parents

Bedtime Battles: No More – A Must Read for Sleep Deprived Parents

Co-founder of Sleepy Starz Pty Ltd, inventor of the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock, Certified Sleep Consultant and author Emily Duffell knows everything there is to know about getting your fussy baby or toddler to sleep. This means not only falling asleep on their own but also sleeping throughout the night.

After experiencing sleep deprivation which in turn, led to post natal depression Emily knew all she wanted to do was help other parents and ensure they wouldn’t have to go through what she went through.

A few years ago, and whilst inventing the Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock, Emily put her natural writing abilities to paper and wrote and published the book Bedtime Battles: No More – How to Get Your Child to Sleep Throughout the Night in 10 Simple Steps which is available in both hardback and kindle format in the Amazon stores online.

The blurb of the book reads:

Mother of two Emily Duffell brings you ’Bedtime Battles: No More!’ A guide to getting your child to sleep throughout the night. Her highly acclaimed new book is packed full of simple, practical and easy to follow techniques for the treatment of sleeping problems in children.

If your child’s bedtime is a constant source of conflict or you endure nightly wakings or broken sleep then this is the ultimate handbook. ’Bedtime Battles: No More!’ provides expert advice and a stress free approach for sleep deprived parents.

Emily understands first-hand the difficulties associated with toddlers and sleep, as well as the impact this can have on a parent. Read how Emily transformed her children’s night-time performance and why she is fast becoming a leading expert in children’s sleep issues.

Learn Emily’s simple steps to success to ensure a healthy, happy, sleeping child today.

Since writing the book and releasing the revolutionary Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock, Emily has launched a sleep consulting service in her bid to help babies, toddlers and families achieve better sleep. 

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It’s a real known fact that children these days are consumed by the television, video games and mobile device use. It seems that children in this day and age are spending less and less time outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air and more time indoors engaged with something on a screen. Houses are being built with smaller backyards to allow for more indoor space and parents don’t seem to be encouraging their children to be outside.

In 2014 the Nature Conservancy ( conducted a global survey on how much time children spend outside as well as parent’s views on the importance of children being in the outdoors. The survey results revealed that the amount of time spent outside depended on the age of the child. Pre-schoolers spend an average of 12 hours per week outside but this number decreased as the child got older and by the time the child was a teen, the number of hours was down to 6 per week only.

The same survey also revealed that parents want their children to be outside more, but there are things like homework and technology that are keeping them indoors longer.

Market research conducted by Childwise in 2015 ( suggests that children in this day and age are having more than 6 hours of screen time each and every day compared to 3 hours per day in 1995. When you think about it, it’s quite a significant difference.

There are a lot of things that affect sleep for babies, toddlers and children and these include both the time spent outdoors in the fresh air as well as screen time. Children nowadays appear to have easy access to a computer, a laptop, a phone or free use of the television. Whilst, it’s important for children to understand how to use technology, it’s just as important that parents don’t forget the importance of the other things in life.

It’s been proven that screen time before bed can in fact affect not only the onset of sleep but also the quality of sleep. With more television being watched than ever, it’s no surprise that toddlers and young children are being exposed to things that they are just too young for. In the toddler and pre-school years the imaginations of children reach a high and viewing inappropriate things on the screen can heavily impact upon their sleep. 

With everything in life, it’s all about a healthy balance. Whilst this is easier said than done, it does need to be made a priority. For toddlers and young children, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock is a fantastic aid to help little sleepers and is also a great alternative to screen time before bed. It is a customisable sleep training clock with a high quality touch screen which engages the child at bedtime. With more features than any other sleep training product on the market, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock is a must-have. Head to for more information.



We all get those night time urges to stuff our faces with every delicious treat in the fridge, especially the kids. Whilst they weren’t hungry at 6pm when they had chicken and vegetables on their plate, they always seem starving for anything sweet by the time bedtime rolls around. However, if you find that your little ones are having trouble falling asleep or waking throughout the night, you might want to think twice about the night time snacks you give your children as they can impact upon sleep.

After dinner, our bodies automatically begin preparing for sleep by naturally slowing our metabolic rate. What does this mean in English? It means that our body slows the rate at which it burns calories. The only calories our body should burn during sleep are the ones required to keep our heart beating, our lungs pumping and all of the other things required to keep us alive. When you eat right before bed, your body is forced to spend energy on digesting that food during the night. Sleep is supposed to reenergize you, not fatigue you! In addition, food may not properly digest during the night, which can lead to stomach cramps and bloating the following day. When you feel bloated or cramped, it is often a result of the gas and food particles left over from improper digestion. And, the same goes for children!

Sleep is the most valuable tool you possess as a human being and is crucial for healthy growth and development in children. During sleep, your body releases 80% of its powerful fat burning, muscle-building hormone called HGH (human growth hormone). Breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism after it has slowed during the night. That’s right, eating actually increases your metabolism! If you eat the right foods, you can dramatically boost your metabolism.

If you find that your kids need that night time snack then choosing the right foods that will not impact upon their quality of sleep. There are certain foods that contain high levels of tryptophan AKA ‘the sleepy hormone’. And, foods with high levels of tryptophan are the best night time snacks for your little ones.

Bananas contain high levels of potassium and magnesium making them one of the best foods for promoting sleep. The potassium is great for cardiovascular health and cognitive functioning, and the magnesium helps relax the muscles. Other foods that contain tryptophan include cheese, pineapple, tofu, salmon and turkey. Milk also contains tryptophan and can help children feel calm before bedtime.

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Having a newborn baby in your life, especially as a first time parent can be not only daunting but also a very challenging experience (as well as rewarding of course!) However, it comes as a shock to a lot of first time parents in relation to how a newborn’s sleep pattern works (or doesn’t work).

In the early months of a newborn’s life sleep occurs around the clock and the sleep-wake cycle works in conjunction with the need to be fed, changed and nurtured. Generally, a newborn baby needs between 10.5 – 18 hours of sleep and will have an irregular schedule. ‘Awake times’ are usually between 1-3 hours in length but each baby is different and sometimes a newborn won’t be able to stay awake for 1 hour at a time. The sleep period itself can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours at a time. Newborns and babies in general are very active sleepers and it’s normal for them to be active in their sleep. Parents often report seeing their baby twitch their arms and legs, smile, suck and generally appear to be restless.

Tip 1

It’s been reported that newborns who are kept close to their mum/caregiver during the daytime  sleep better at night-time. The feeling of closeness they feel to their parent during the day helps prevent stress hence why they sleep better at night. Therefore, it can be a good idea to wear and hold your baby throughout the day.

Tip 2

It’s important to feed your baby regularly throughout the day to promote better night sleeping. It’s also been reported that ‘cluster’ feeding at the end of the can help promote better night sleep, however do not give a baby under 4-5 months cereal or Farax. If your baby has been asleep for 3 or more hours during the day, I recommend waking them for a feed so as to help promote a longer sleep at night time.

Tip 3

After approximately 2 week of age, it’s possible to introduce a very relaxed schedule. Whilst a newborn is still too young to have a proper routine in place, a relaxed schedule based around feeding and nap times can be very helpful to both the baby and the parent. In the early days, it can be very hard to settle a newborn before 9-10pm at night time. However, as the weeks progress, an early bedtime is encouraged with the eventual aim of a bedtime around 7pm.

Tip 4

Babies and children read their parent’s stress cues very easily and often feed off these cues. It’s important to always remain as calm as possible, even in a stressful situation so as to promote a feeling of calmness and relaxation in the baby.

Tip 5

First time parents often fail to notice their baby’s tired signs. Overtiredness makes it harder for babies to fall asleep due to chemical changes in their body which in turn triggers a fighting response to fatigue. Tired signs include, rubbing of eyes, yawning, arching of the back, red/glazy eyes, crying etc. Parents can help overcome overtiredness by not only putting their baby to bed earlier, but also vigilantly watching out for their baby’s tired signs and learning what their child’s tired signs are.

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If I kept a record of all of the funny things my kids have said to me, I really think that I could put a book together. I love that children are so genuine and sincere and when they say something funny, many times it’s not meant to get laughs. It often comes from an entirely new point of view and they are really serious when they’re saying it which makes it even more adorable.

Children look at things with no reference points. In other words, everything they see or hear or say is generally for the first time. For instance, a mother and father were standing on the patio with their three-year-old daughter when it started to rain. The father, looking up at the grey clouds said, "It looks like it’s going to rain cats and dogs." The little girl slowly raised her head and looked up into the sky was about to drop cats and dogs from the very clouds above their heads. She looked at her mum, and then her dad and said, "Can we keep them?"

The world is big and new to kids and so is everything they see. That’s one of the reasons parents like to hang around and play with their kids; because the parents get to see the world from a whole new point of view. A point of view they have forgotten. (The other reason, of course, is that the parents love their children more than anything else in the world).

Besides funny things they say, children actually say some pretty interesting things that we, as adults learn from. A mum, dad and their four year old daughter were sitting at the little girl’s plastic play table having dinner, like they did every night, and the little girl says to them in a rather sad and serious tone, "Why am I so different?" The father didn’t know what to say and replied with "You’re not different". The mother immediately jumped in with, "You’re different because you are so smart and brilliant, and you are so beautiful and everyone loves you so much!" The mother just went on and on and on and it was truly amazing how she lovingly tried to make her daughter feel good about herself. After they all calmed down, the rest of the dinner was normal, but the parents were really bothered by what the daughter had said. "Where could she have gotten that idea?" they thought.

The parents were stumped by their daughter’s thinking of herself as different from everybody else. They just couldn’t figure out why she felt that way. A few days later the three of them were watching a DVD that they had seen many times before. It was called "Tarzan," (the animated version). The family was enjoying the movie when the scene comes up where little Tarzan puts mud on his face trying to look like his adopted mother, the ape. It just doesn’t work for him and he says, "Why am I so different?" in a sad and serious tone. The mother and father of the little girl, watching the film, look at each other with huge smiles on their faces as they realize that their beautiful little daughter always has wonderful and funny things to say.

It’s important that we listen and cherish these moments with our children. They grow up so fast and they have such vast knowledge to input and share.



Having a child who finds it hard to go to sleep at night, or who keeps getting up in the night can be a big problem for tired and stressed parents. Adults and children both need to have a good sleep and if they don’t, getting through the day can be hard.

One of the most important things for both adults and children to help set your body up for a good night sleep is implementing a positive bedtime routine. Bedtime routines let your body know that you are preparing for sleep and your body can start to make the necessary adjustments and changes to help you to be able to get to sleep more easily.

Children especially, like routine and strive off routine. It is safe and comforting to know what is going to happen and when. There is so much to learn when you are little that it can be frightening and unsettling to have things happening in different ways each night.

Decide what a good bedtime is for your child not for you. For older babies and toddler, 7-7.30pm is a healthy choice of bedtime. Children between 1 and 3 years old need between 12-14 hours over a 24 hour period. Children aged 3-6 years need 10 -12 hours a night and don’t usually have a nap in the day. A lot of children don’t get this much sleep and struggle to get through the day.

You will need to start the bedtime routine about 30 minutes before you want your child to be asleep. So, if the sleep time is 7 p.m., you will need to begin at 6.30pm. Start to quieten things down – stop stimulating things like TV and electronic things. Dim the lights to help your child get the surge of melatonin they need to help them fall asleep.

One thing is certain and that is all children will fall asleep better if they are eased into it in a relaxing manner. Set your child’s bedtime to be the same every single night. Young kids generally do better with some quiet time just before bed. This may include several things such as:

  • A small healthy snack
  • Story time with great bedtime story books
  • Use of a sleep clock
  • Soft and soothing lullaby music
  • A warm bath or shower
  • Some relaxing and positive conversation with family

Bedtime Comforts

Make certain your child has comfy pyjamas and that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. You must know how uncomfortable it can be to fall asleep in certain clothes and materials. Even though your child can’t always express this, they fall asleep much more easily when what their wearing is soft and comfortable. Let them get involved in the bedtime process and even give them some control over the process. This could involve their choice of book, choosing the settings on their sleep clock or something as simple as turning the light off.

One of the most successful products out on the market which makes for a great bedtime comfort, is the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock. It has more features than any other clock on the market such as a picture story book, choice of scenes and settings, brightness controller and15 minute countdown timer. The clock gives the child a choice and gets them involved in the bedtime process. For more information on the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock, head to

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