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Getting your little ones to sleep can be a difficult task at times. There are so many factors that can impact upon sleep as well as a lot of reasons why your child may not want to go to sleep. Howeve, it’s important that children get the right amount of sleep for their age as lack of sleep can have long lasting affects on health.

7pm is the bedtime I recommend for babies and toddlers. Newborns are different and having a set bedtime of 7pm is not a real expectation. With that being said, parents of newborns can still have an aim of a 7pm bedtime as the bay grows. The reason I recommend a bedtime of 7pm is because this is a time when the sun is usually down and night time is here (except for during daylight savings of course). Night time helps increase melatonin which is the sleepy hormone. Another reason 7pm is a good bedtime is because it allows for enough nighttime sleep before the child needs to be awake in the morning for daycare, pre-schoool or school.

If you have a little one staying up late, there are a few things you can do to help bring this bedtime forward:

  1. Having a positive bedtime routine in place that is used consistently every night is really important. Children thrive off routine and this can help them feel settled and relaxed. A bedtime routine should start between 30-45 minutes before you want your child to sleep and should include things like breast, bottle or cup of milk, bath or shower, massage, book, song etc. The most important thing is with bedtime routines is consistency.
  2. Slowly bringing the bedtime earlier by 5 minutes every night can be a really helpful technique to use. For example, if your child is going to sleep at 8.30pm every night, on night one ensure that the child is in bed and ready for sleep at 8.25pm. The next night, make the bedtime 8.20pm and so on.
  3. Don’t let your child sleep in the following morning if they have had a late night. In bringing the bedtime forward, we are trying to adjust their body clock.
  4. Ensure that daytime naps are not too late in the afternoon. Around 3-4pm should be the latest that a child has a sleep. Napping too late in the afternoon can make for a sleepless child come bedtime.
  5. Use a tool such as the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock. Whilst parents might “lie” (in the child’s eyes) that it’s time for bed, using a product such as this helps the child understand that it’s bedtime  by using images the child can relate to. Further, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock gets the child excited about going to bed and involved in the bedtime process which helps them feel special. For more information about the clock go to

Any changes you make in your little ones life take time and consistency. Bringing a bedtime forward won’t change in one night, but 4-5 nights (sometimes longer) is a realistic expectation if you keep it consistent.

Meditation for Mums

Meditation for Mums

Being a mum is commonly accompanied with the feeling of constantly being pulled in a million different directions. Juggling responsibilities, trying to be there for family and friends, coupled with a feeling of unshakeable exhaustion it’s easy to lose sight of yourself. 

Sometimes making it through the day intact seems like a monumental achievement. Your weary bones cherish the quiet moments of lying in bed as your head churns through the items pending on your to do list, and there are many. 

You tell yourself you “should” eat better, you “should” exercise and you “should” get to bed earlier, but let’s face it with everything else on your plate you just do what you can. 

When my daughter came into the world I would often hear the words “I’m so tired” tumble out of my mouth whenever anybody asked me how I was. I cr aved sle ep more than I craved chocolate but even when I did manage to get some sleep I’d still wake up feeling tired and foggy and then I’d eat chocolate! 

Prior to having my daughter meditation was part of my routine which offered a deeper dimension to my life, allowing me to experience a nourishing stillness and inner calm that sustained me through all of life’s ups and downs. 

Once my beautiful little screaming cherub came into the world I let my practice slip away preferring to get some sleep over meditating. While getting some shut eye was always helpful it didn’t help ease my frenetic and foggy mind.

I didn’t like the way I was feeling or thinking so I began to incorporate mini meditations into my day. Those five to ten minutes made a big difference in clearing my mind, relaxing my body and giving me a feeling of inner calm even when chaos reigned. This allowed me to be more present and enjoy the journey of being a mot her more fully. 

My daughter is older now and she respects mummy’s meditation time. I guide her through short meditation journey’s to help her cope with life’s challenges and hope that she too will incorporate it as a steadfast tool to carry her through life. It’s such a natural way to use the power of our mind to cleanse, nurture and realign. For me meditation takes the edge off everything, gives me a greater perspective, and promotes a feeling of inner wellbeing. 

It’s like my heart and soul take in a deep refreshing breath and exhale the noise, clutter and stress that I unknowingly hold onto. I can really tell the difference on the days when I don’t meditate.

We all want to be the best mum we can be. Being more focussed, relaxed, less stressed, more present, engaged and happier within yourself and with life are qualities you can achieve with a small investment of your time. 

While the responsibili ties and chores are not going to magically disappear there is a way to create a way of life that supports your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. As with any practice, the more you do the better you get at it. 

With my beautiful friend and mother of two, Genie Pepper, we’ve designed some simple, enjoyable mini meditations for mums. We’ll be launching The Key For Me meditation app in a few weeks time. Please feel free to try out some of our free guided meditations to get you started. 

There is nothing to lose but a tremendous amount to gain that requires nothing more than a few minutes of your day. It’s worth it.

By Rosemary Sherro



Every parent loves their children but there will always come a time when that love is pushed to the limit. Toddlers are cute and funny but the toddler years can also be a nightmare. The terrible twos are called that for good reason. Sometimes just being prepared can make all the difference in the world and can prevent those outbursts of chaos known as the temper tantrum. There are some ways to better handle the outbursts but no two children are alike. Not every method works for every child but there are certain solutions that work overall for these typical behaviors.

Frustration is the primary cause of the temper tantrum and the frustration can be boiled down usually three things. They are either tired, hungry or a good combination of both. The tantrums usually happen at an inconvenient time. Of course no time is truly convenient. The terrible twos are when the frequency and intensity of the temper tantrum generally tends to increase.

Tips To Get Through The Terrible Twos and Tantrum Threes

Keep a journal. Write about every frustration, every tantrum, every humorous moment–yes, there will be many of each. Someday, when you have more energy, you may find you actually have a book. You might even want to consider two journals: one that is strictly your personal thoughts that no one will ever see until you write your book and the other for your child–a reflection of those early years as he/she matures. Older children love reading about themselves.

Do lots of outings and special activities at home. I know that sounds impossible with a two-year-old but persevere. Your outings might be for the location–zoo, butterfly pavilion, etc, or outings might have a specific purpose–find blue things, find flowers, find 3"s, or do story-time at the library.

Give your toddler a safe place to release their anger and emotion. Sometimes, letting it all out really does help them feel better rather than suppressing the frustrations and keeping the emotions bottled up.

Try your very best to remain calm. This is hard but any outwardly expressed anger or frustration will elevate the force of the tantrum. Pick up your child and hug them while whispering something interesting into their ear.

Remove the child from wherever it happens to be that the temper tantrum is taking place and tell them that they can only come back when they are finished and they are smiling. Once they do return, talk to them about what just went on. Try and find out what it was that set them off and how you both may prevent it from happening again in the future.

Simply ignore the temper tantrum if at all possible. Do not listen or react in any way while the child is screaming. This will help instil the understanding that the proper way to get your attention is to talk to you, not to scream at you.

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Stress is defined as any physical or emotional demand that you feel and are unable to handle it. While some stress is a normal part of life, excessive stress interferes with your productivity and reduces your physical and emotional health, so it’s important to find ways to keep it under control. Parenting stress is defined as those moments when life as a parent seems overwhelmingly unpredictable and uncontrollable. Stress related to parenting is important to deal with because it can affect parent-child relationships. Parent stress is the single largest contributing factor to dismissive parenting and is also associated with a negative mood, which in turn may lead to parents’ negative attributions of children’s behavior and to low tolerance of children’s misbehaviors. As a result, parental stress leads to stress in children. Thus, understanding the precursors of parenting stress is important because of the potential implications for child development and adjustment as well as parental adjustment. It’s quite scary to think that our children read our stress cues and how it affects them.

One of the best ways to deal with stress is by working out what is causing it and stay away from it if possible. Knowing what causes your stress is powerful information, as you can take action to make it less stressful.

In difficult times like today there is a lot of financial stress. Things like loss of job or excessive debt can cause stress especially if you have children to fend for. Even if you are not facing difficult times, parenting stress is strongly affected by the perception of financial hardship. A core feature of parenting stress is the idea of a balancing act between the parent’s perception of the demands of this role and access to available resources for meeting these demands.

It is not the need to set limits with children that causes problems; it is the repeated disregard for a child’s feelings and needs in favor of demanding compliance with parental requests which can stunt emotional intelligence and development. This is especially true in case of teenagers; where such a strict approach can lead to rebellion and cause parent stress.

Since stress is unavoidable in life, it is important to find ways to decrease and prevent stressful incidents and decrease negative reactions to stress. Half of parental stress can be reduced if parents only change their perception. Once you realize that life will not always go as planned, you can begin to reduce some of the stress that comes with being a mom or a dad.

When trying to improve your stress levels, managing time and organization are essential. Time management skills allow you more time with your family and friends and possibly increase your performance and productivity. To improve your time management, save time by focusing and concentrating, delegating, and scheduling time for you. Breaking a big task into smaller ones and prioritizing the broken down tasks will in fact reduce the challenges involved in completing the tasks. This will keep you more focused and you will be able to relax and take better care of your kids, rather than constantly worrying about the tasks at hand.

Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz offers a range of affordable sleep consultation packages to help parents with stress that may be affecting theirs and their little one’s sleep. Head to for more information.

Sleep Training and Attachment Parenting

Sleep Training and Attachment Parenting

Parents who practice or who want to practice attachment parenting often struggle with the concepts of how to ‘sleep train’ their baby and how to help their baby sleep through the night. One of the primary principles of attachment parenting promotes the belief that some sleep training techniques can have adverse psychological and physiological effects on the child. With attachment parenting, co-sleeping is strongly encouraged to ensure that baby’s needs are being met at night including helping to soothe them at night when they wake.

The common misconception is that sleep training only includes letting your baby cry it out as a way to learn to self soothe and put themselves to sleep. This is not true. There are other much gentler methods for getting your baby or toddler to sleep through the night and learning how to fall asleep on their own.

The elements of attachment parenting are designed to help the baby and parent form strong and healthy attachments in part by tuning in to what babies need and responding appropriately. Helping your baby to learn how to sleep and have healthy sleep habits are part of tuning into what a baby needs. Helping your baby sleep through the night or helping your baby nap longer is being responsive to your baby’s need for sleep. It is also important to keep in mind that not all babies are the same. The different temperaments of babies will play a role in how effective a sleep training method will work. For babies that have a more persistent or strong-willed temperament a no-cry sleep solution can often be more effective.

Parents who practice attachment parenting are very passionate about this style of parenting. However, most people will agree that any type of parenting that promotes healthy and positive relationships is good for babies and families. Each family needs to find what works for them and for some families this involves sleep training their baby even as they practice attachment parenting. Sleep training can take into account a variety of parenting styles including attachment parenting.

What is a mother to do when she is waking up many times a night to attend to the baby and not getting the sleep she also needs? Sleep coaching can be effective to restoring a family balance and will not affect the bond formed. Sleep training doesn’t always equate to controlled crying or crying it out or any other variation of it.

Babies cry to communicate a need and sometimes they are crying because they are frustrated at not being able to sleep or because they are not getting enough sleep. Some crying can actually help lead babies to better sleeping as they have been able to let out their emotions. Sleep training can help educate parents about positive and negative sleeping habits as well as help the parent and the child form better sleeping patterns.

Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz offers a range of affordable sleep consultation packages. More importantly, our philosophy is about taking a gentle and sensitive approach as a rule of thumb….we never use ‘cry it out’ as a form of sleep training. All of our consultants are trained to work with the parent to come up with the best solution possible. Go to for more information.



Travelling with kids on a long haul plane flight can be a challenge as any parent who has done this knows. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the stress and make the experience a little more positive for the whole family. Take a look at our tips to make your journey more stress free:

1. Book online. Instead of dragging kids into a travel agency where they will most certainly get bored as you look over your options, check out travel websites online. You can spend as much time as you need once the kids are in bed.

2. Book everything ahead of time. This includes hotels, airport transfers or car hire, tours etc. When you arrive at your destination with tired children in tow, things will be a lot easier to manage.

3. Be prepared for the flight. Bring along toys and things to keep your kids occupied on the plane. If travelling with babies, make sure you have plenty of age appropriate toys and preferably….toys they’ve never seen before. For older children the same rule applies in bringing along things like games or apps that they haven’t used before.

4. Build the anticipation. For kids age 2-10, you can build up the idea of flying, especially if they haven’t been on a plane before. Learn about the kind of plane you’ll be flying on and talk frequently about how exciting it will be before you leave.

5. Pack snacks. Sure, the airlines give out snacks, but some companies are cutting back on freebies. To make sure your child doesn’t get grumpy waiting for his meal, bring along snacks which will help to keep them pre-occupied as well as keep their tummies full.

6. Separate siblings. If your kids tend to squabble, it might be a good idea to sit between them! This keeps them from fighting over elbow space at least and keeps them at arm’s length so they can’t argue as easily. Switch seats halfway through the flight to change things up.

7. Move around the plane. If travelling with a baby, take them around the plane so there are different things to look at. If travelling with older children, allow them to stretch their legs frequently.

8. Layer clothing. When flying from one hemisphere to another there are climate changes to take into consideration. If you are leaving from a warm climate, but will be landing in a colder place, remember to bring warmer clothes for everyone onto the plane. Further, it’s hard to tell what the temperature is going to be like on the plane….sometimes it can get quite warm and vice versa. Layering clothing enables you to take clothes off on a warmer plane or keep them on if you find it’s quite chilly.

10. Stay hydrated. On airplanes, it’s very common to become dehydrated since the air is recycled and dry. To avoid this, make sure you drink lots of water and that your kids do too. This is particularly important for nursing mothers.



SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is one of the most tragic events a parent could face. SIDS by definition is determined after a thorough autopsy finds nothing was medically wrong when a baby is found deceased in its sleep. While the occurrence of SIDS has declined significantly in the past decade due in part to education SIDS is undoubtedly one of the most feared and most upsetting forms of infant death for parents across the world.

Things that parents and expectant parents can do to help avoid the occurrence of SIDS include:

Always put your baby to sleep on their back. Research has found that babies who sleep on their sides or stomach have a greater chance of suffering. Some doctors believe that a baby sleeping on his stomach is unable to get a clear flow of oxygen which can in turn lead to suffocation. Another theory is that a baby who sleeps with his face against a mattress runs the risk of the mattress microbes interfering with their breathing.

If possible, have your baby sleep in your room for the first few weeks of their life. Being closer to you lets you keep a better eye on them throughout the night. However, it is understandable that this is a situation that does not work for all parents and affects their sleep too much. If you decide not to have your newborn in your room, it’s a good idea to invest in a good baby monitor and one which can detect their breathing.

Mothers are very intuitive and even when asleep will become aware of such breathing patterns. Parents should always go by their intuition even if you feel you’re most definitely wrong. Stories are heard all the time of parents using their intuition and taking their baby to a hospital and forcing further tests after being told by doctors that nothing is wrong…..only to be found that the parents were right all along and a problem was detected because of the parents using their intuition.

Expectant mothers should not smoke during pregnancy. Statistics show that mums who smoke even just one cigarette a day during pregnancy significantly increase the risk of their baby dying from SIDS. Research conducted at the University of Calgary found that babies who were exposed to the harmful effects of smoking in the womb had a greater chance of being born with impaired respiratory function. Smoking during pregnancy also increases the risk of pre-term birth.

Smoking should also be avoided by all family members in the house. Exposing your baby to smoke post partum increases the risk of sleep apnea. If you smoke in another room it is easy to assume that the risk is reduced, but this is not true. For up to two hours following the smoking of a cigarette the toxins are still present in furniture and on your clothing.

If you choose to bed share with your baby, the SIDS guidelines suggest that the baby should sleep on one side of the mother and not in the middle of the mother and the father.

If you are unsure whether you are following all of the SIDS guidelines correctly, head to their website to do some reading or contact us at We offer a range of affordable sleep consultation packages and can help you with safe sleeping practices.

Tips for Getting Your Toddler to Sleep

Tips for Getting Your Toddler to Sleep

There are perhaps thousands of different tips for getting your toddler to sleep on time and through the night. You have probably heard many of these from family members or friends. There are some important ones that you really should adhere to in order to makes sure that you’re not fighting with your kids when it comes to bedtime.

  • One of the most important tips is implementing a toddler bedtime routine 30 minutes before you want them to go to sleep. Positive bedtime routines include things like a bath or shower, a book, song, massage etc. Young children strive off routine and routines really do help with not only falling asleep but also staying asleep.
  • Another tip is to aim for a bedtime of around 7pm for babies and toddlers. 7pm is a reasonable bedtime and sets up their body clock for when they need to be up in the morning between 6am-7am for kinder and school. This means that the bedtime routine should be starting at around 6.30pm.
  • If you have a toddler who still naps then try to ensure that they are awake from their nap by 3-4pm at the latest. Napping too late in the afternoon can make it hard to fall asleep at the recommended bedtime of 7pm.
  • Try to ensure that your little one hasn’t eaten their dinner too close to bedtime. Undigested food may impact on their ability to fall asleep.  
  • A toddler sleep training clock such as the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock has proven to be extremely helpful for getting toddlers not only to sleep but to also stay in bed throughout the night. The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock gets the child involved in the bedtime process as well as excited for bed.

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Review of the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock

Review of the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock

There are a number of different toddler sleep training clocks on the market but there is only one that actually works….and that is the Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock. The clock was invented by and is sold by Sleepy Starz Pty Ltd.

Before I purchased the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock I was completely sleep deprived and feeling fed up. It was impossible to keep my 2.5 year old in bed throughout the night. Getting him to bed was the first struggle of the night and then staying in bed was the next struggle. Every night I found myself getting up 4-5 times to put him back to bed and there were times where I just gave up and let him sleep with me. A friend of mine recommended the clock to me after it had worked wonders with her little one and I was at a point where I was prepared to give anything a go so I made the purchase.

The purchase through their website was really simple and I received my clock within 3 days. The first thing that surprised me was just how easy it was to use. I’d tried another sleep training clock in the past (which didn’t work) and I found it quite difficult to use. The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock has a touch screen and there is a detailed instruction booklet as well as a page in the clock with easy to understand instructions.

The first night I tried it my son actually got excited about going to bed so he could press the buttons on the clock. We used the 15 minute countdown timer (which is a great feature) as it prepared my son for bed. During the 15 minutes we read the picture story book in the clock which is about the free teddy bear (Sleep Tight Ted) that comes with the clock. Then, we went through the choice of 7 different scenes (though my son had his mind made up from the start that he wanted to have the car scene. After 15 minutes the car went to sleep and we said good night.

The first couple of nights my son got out of bed, but only a couple of times as compared to 4-5 which was impressive. I had told my son that if he got out of bed before the car was awake in the morning then he couldn’t press the buttons the next night. It literally took 3 nights before my son stayed in bed until the car was awake in the morning. I had inputted the wake up time to 6.30am and right on 6.30am the car woke up and my son jumped out of bed proud of himself.

I have been using the clock religiously every night and it has been a lifesaver for both of us. On the weekends I sometimes change the wake up time to 7am or even 7.30am and my son never notices. I highly recommend the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock. It’s been a complete life-changer for us and it is definitely worth the $99.95 investment.

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Daylight savings sleeping guide for stressed-out parents

Daylight savings sleeping guide for stressed-out parents

The only people not happy about daylight savings this weekend (besides those concerned the extra daylight will fade the curtains) are parents of toddlers.

For them, the beginning of daylight savings and particularly those first few weeks are hell.

No, “hell” is not too strong a word.

There is a reason why sleep deprivation is used as a torture device.

Related video: TODAY chat to sleep-whisperer Kylie Camps about her new program ‘Toddler Life’

Emily Duffell, Senior Director of Operations at Australian provider of toddler sleeping solutions Sleepy Starz, says there’s a way to manage the change to minimise disruption to toddler bedtimes.

“Whilst one hour might not seem like much, for a little child it’s actually quite a big change,” she told 9Honey.

She says children thrive off routine and adjusting bedtime by an hour doesn’t often sit well with them.

For parents, it takes a bit of extra work and Duffell says it might take two weeks for kids to adjust to the new bedtime.

“This can be challenging for parents. What’s more is that telling a child to go to sleep when it’s still light outside can be very tough.”

Duffell explains it’s our biological makeup as human beings that we sleep when it’s dark and we’re awake when it’s light.

“Darkness stimulates melatonin (the sleepy hormone) so it’s not just the time change that creates challenges, it’s also the fight to go to sleep while it’s still light outside,” she explains.

The sleep expert says parents should start adjusting bedtime routines now to ensure an easier transition once clocks change.

Toddler boy sleeping on floor

The sleep expert says to start by changing your child’s bedtime by five minutes. Image: Getty

“If the normal bedtime is 7.30pm (which come next Sunday will be 8.30pm), on the first night make the bedtime 8.25pm, the next night make the bedtime 8.20pm and keep making small adjustments until the desired bedtime routine is reached.”

She also says children may sleep a little longer as they adjust but advises to wake them up at their normal time.

“What we are actually doing is resetting the body clock and to do this, we have to keep schedules as close to normal as possible.

“Waking your child at the normal time might see them be tired for a few days because they have lost a couple of hours of sleep but before you know it, their bodies will have adjusted.”

How to let kids have fun and lots more on Super Mums with Kel, Mel and Dr Jeremy Cumpston:

Like all things with babies and toddlers, Duffell says it’s all about routine.

“If the child is old enough, it’s also a good idea to talk to them about daylight savings and explaining why it’s still light outside at bedtime. Children will adapt a lot easier to a change if they know what to expect. 

“It’s also important for parents to manage their expectations. It’s not a reasonable expectation to expect children to adapt perfectly in just a night or two.

“If parents have realistic expectations and are prepared for a week or two of some challenging bedtimes then the transition will happen a lot smoother.”

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