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The Easiest Way to Get Your Children to Sleep
The Easiest Way to Get Your Children to Sleep

There are 1000’s of experts and books that claim to solve all of your sleeping problems but only once in a few years is there a new product that actually comes through and does what it promised to.

Parents are often overwhelmed with the plethora of studies found on the internet and the ridiculous amount of money they have come to spend on products that do nothing more than collect dirt in their home.

Sleepy Starz was created out of the honest efforts of an Australian family who had already gone through the sleeping training process with their child. When looking for the best way to share their firsthand knowledge on the subject they decided to unite their creative forces and develop an effective sleep training accessory which would not only benefit toddlers but ultimately, parents too resulting in more sleep for the whole family!

Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock

As young children cannot read the time and their circadian rhythms are easily disturbed by even the slightest changes in their sleep schedules, the couple decided to develop a toddler sleep training clock – one that relays the concept of time through visual and calming light cues and not by numbers.

Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock

The final result was the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock which holds an Australian patent (Granted patent number: 2015101639). “We knew we had to figure out a way to match a toddler’s sleep cycle with visual stimuli in which they could relate, as natural light does not seem to do the trick especially during daylight savings which much of Australia experiences. What’s more, we know that many parents live in areas of the world where, during certain periods of the year, there is practically no natural light at all” said Mrs. Emily Duffell, Sleepy Starz’s co-founder.

Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock

She went on to add, “The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock projects child friendly and calming bedtime scenes which eases toddlers’ transition into deep sleep. Parents and children can choose which images they like best, from the seven available options in the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock, according to their toddler’s and their own personal preferences. Moreover, thanks to its three built-in sleep settings, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock offers a customized sleeping experience, which is already delighting both toddlers and parents alike across Australia. When time lapses, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock gently transitions to a brighter and calmer light, which much resembles that of daytime. The clock combines the expertise of child experts along with our personal experiences with sleep training our children. We know how efficient the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock is – and now other parents can see so for themselves too.”

The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock is available for purchase on the company’s website www.sleepystarz.com and will be in stores soon. Sleepy Starz has also launched two apps, which accompany the product, in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store.

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/

Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock

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/.

TIPS FOR BRINGING A BEDTIME FORWARD

TIPS FOR BRINGING A BEDTIME FORWARD

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 www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-clock/

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 

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TERRIBLE TWO’S AND TANTRUM THREE’S

TERRIBLE TWO'S AND TANTRUM THREE'S

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.

For more tips and information about toddlers go to www.sleepystarz.com

THE PARENT ‘STRESS EFFECT’ ON BABIES

THE PARENT ‘STRESS EFFECT’ ON BABIES

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 www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting/ 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 www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting/ for more information.

TIPS FOR SURVIVING LONG HAUL PLANE FLIGHTS WITH CHILDREN

TIPS FOR SURVIVING LONG HAUL PLANE FLIGHTS WITH CHILDREN

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.

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OVERVIEW OF SIDS

OVERVIEW OF SIDS

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 https://rednose.com.au to do some reading or contact us at www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting. We offer a range of affordable sleep consultation packages and can help you with safe sleeping practices.

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Deluxe In Home Consultation Package

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  • Price: $ 349.95
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