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Baby Sleep Tips
Baby Sleep Tips

It is essential to place your child to sleep at the exact same time every evening. A number of brand-new mums and dads refrain from this because of sheer exhaustion and stress. Nevertheless, an infant is most likely to get up early in the morning and wake more during the night if you don’t have a strict routine in place.

It’s possible to start implementing a routine from about 6 weeks of age. Before this time is difficult because newborns are very unpredictable in their sleep/wake habits and a lot of it depends on hunger, nappy changes etc.

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It is challenging to get your baby to start sleeping through the night and ‘sleeping through’ isn’t something that normally happens until at least 8 months of age (but a lot of babies take even longer to learn this skill). A lot of new parents believe that ‘sleeping through’ means from 7pm until 7am. This is incorrect. For younger babies, ‘sleeping through’ means a 5 hour stint of sleep and the reason for this is that they still have the need for a feed during the night.

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However, by the time your baby reaches 6 weeks of age, you can start implementing a light routine that will also help keep you sane. By ‘light routine’ I mean that nothing is set in stone and times and feedings can be changed around to suit your baby’s needs. If things are going well then you can aim for a bedtime around 7-7:30pm after a feed, a bath, a story and some cuddle time. Bubs will still most likely wake for feeds during the night. A dream feed at approx 10:30pm-11pm is often recommended to help your baby fill their tummy up and get their 5 hour stretch of sleep that they’re capable of overnight rather than during the day time.

Other things you can do to help with your baby’s sleep is to turn the lights down 30 minutes before you want them to sleep. Darkness helps produce the sleepy hormone called melatonin. Further, ensuring the room is set to the correct temperature and that the baby is dressed appropriately, with a clean nappy all help to promote better sleep.
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As parents to a young baby it’s important to remember that whilst sleep is important, it will be a while before you see any patterns and sometimes patience is better than putting too much stress on yourself and your baby. Each baby is different and will learn the essential skills of sleep in their own time. The older they get, the more you can do to help promote these skills being learned.

For more tips and hints on baby and toddler sleep, go to www.sleepystarz.com

Ensuring a Good Night Sleep
Ensuring a Good Night Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Babies and Sleep
Babies and Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on babies and sleep go to www.sleepystarz.com

Stay at Home Mums
Stay at Home Mums

I have such respect for stay at home mums….they really do have the toughest job in the world! Whilst I have felt so fortunate to be able to stay home with both of my daughters in the early years, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a tough gig. I remember with my first born, I would call my husband at work in tears because I couldn’t get my two month old to sleep. Hours of rocking, patting, feeding, more rocking…..nothing seemed to work and it took its toll. And, there is the loneliness and isolation as well. I was one of those first time mums with a newborn who didn’t want to leave the house. I was scared that my daughter would start screaming and I wouldn’t be able to settle her. I was scared of something happening and not being able to handle the situation. I found it easier to stay inside the comfort of my own home……though the loneliness at times wasn’t so comforting. I remember my husband getting home from work at 5pm and disappearing into the bathroom for half an hour of alone time. It was such a relief when he walked through the front door. And, let’s not forget- the sleep deprivation! Oh my, I felt like a walking zombie for so many months and didn’t feel like I functioned at all during that time. It is funny though, how quickly your body adjusts to the two hours of sleep at a time.

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In the first few weeks of being a new mum, I remember feeling extremely panicked about how I would ever do this. How would I keep up with the washing, cleaning the house, cooking? It felt like such an impossible task…..yet as weeks turned into months, you work out how to juggle it all. As well as look after the baby, you find time to tidy up, clean the house, put dinners on the table every night and do the washing. And, this really is the wonder of stay at home mums….they are amazing!

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With all of that being said, let’s not forget about the good times too. I loved being there for all of the firsts…..the first smile, the first roll, the first words, the first steps and so on. They were magical moments and I will treasure them forever. Our children grow up so quickly and are only little for such a short period of time.

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For all of the stay at home mums out there…..I salute you! Whilst you might have one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, you also have one of the most challenging, underpaid jobs in the universe. Just remember how wonderful you are and how lucky your children are to have you!

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Moving My Toddler from Cot to Bed
Moving My Toddler from Cot to Bed

One of the most common questions we get asked is “when is the right time to move my toddler out of their cot and into a bed?” Unfortunately, there is no one correct answer to these questions and there are many factors to be taken into consideration.

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A good starting point is to ask yourself “why do I want to move my toddler from their cot into a bed?” As a general rule of thumb, I always suggest to wait as long as possible before moving them out of their cot. The move can have a big impact on a toddler’s life and can negatively affect their sleep habits. If there is no reason such as safety being a concern, then it’s best to wait. If your child is climbing out of the cot (or attempting to climb out) then this is definitely a reason to make the transition. However, toddlers often find it a lot harder to climb out of a portacot so you may want to consider moving them into a portacot for a short time before making the transition to the bed. Other reasons you might be considering the move are because they have outgrown their cot or maybe your need the cot for a new sibling on the way. If your toddler has outgrown their cot then this can also pose some safety concerns so it’s best to make the transition to a bed. However, if your are making the move to make room for a new sibling, then it might be worth looking at some other options such as putting the new baby in a bassinet for a while or even moving your toddler to a portacot to free up the cot to delay the transition.

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If you find yourself in a position where moving from cot to bed is the only option then have a read through our tips on safety considerations:

  • Ensure that the bedding is not too loose and cotton is the primary form of bedding material;
  • Have a guard rail up on the side of the bed to prevent your toddler from falling out;
  • Have something soft on the floor next to the bed just in case they do fall out;
  • Use a flat pillow if you wish to use a pillow for your toddler;
  • Do not use bumpers around the bed as this can impact on air supply;
  • Follow the SIDS guidelines.

Toddler Bed There are also things you can do to help make the transition as smooth as possible:

  • Instead of going ‘cold turkey’ and putting your toddler into a bed straight from the cot, slow down the transition period and start with day naps in the bed firstly to get your toddler used to it. You can also put the bed in your child’s room for a week or whilst still having them sleep in their cot so as they can get used to the idea of the bed in their room;
  • Get your child excited about the process by including them in choosing a bed or choosing the bedding to go onto the bed;
  • Keep the bedtime routine the same;
  • Make your toddler feel important by giving them a special job to do before bed (this could be as little as switching off the light;
  • Use a sticker reward system in which you can reward your child in the morning if they have stayed in bed all night.

For more hints and tips head to www.sleepystarz.com

Why Sleep is So Important
Why Sleep is So Important

Sleep is very important for babies and toddlers. Poor quality sleep or not enough sleep can cause health issues. Continue reading to get an understanding as to why sleep is very important for toddlers.

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Better growth – Growth and development occurs during the deep sleep phase during the night. Toddlers must sleep about 12 hours a day to have a healthy body. These 12 hours of sleep is essential for the excretion of growth hormones which promotes the growth of the body.

Beat Germs – The human body produces cytokines which is a protein that helps to fight infection, stress and also illness. This protein is a must for toddlers and for that they have to sleep with minimal disturbances of a night time. A recent study showed that those toddlers that are getting good night time sleep are healthier overall.

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Body weight – Good night sleep is a must for toddlers to maintain a healthy body weight. If sleep is not sufficient in toddlers this can affect body weight. Sleep deprivation also changes the eating habits of toddlers. If they fail to sleep at night then it will cause digestion issues which can lead to some intestine issues in future.

For a good heart – Good sleep is needed for a good functioning heart. If your toddler is not sleeping at night then chances are increased for heart related issues in the future.

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Reduces the risk of injuries – if your toddler is not sleeping at night then it can affect their concentration and their mobility skills leading to more chance of injury.

Attention – Sound sleep is needed to maintain good health and also to concentrate on any task well. Impulsivity and hyperactivity are the main issues which can arise in toddlers due to of lack of sleep. If you are in search of more information about health issues due to lack of sleep in toddlers then visit the website https://www.sleepystarz.com/

Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Good sleep is a must for both kids and adults for many reasons. Lack of sleep can lead to so many issues which can be avoided with good sleep every night. Toddlers are most affected by sleep deprivation…..keep reading to understand some of these effects.

Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Lack of sleep for a toddler can lead to problems in healthy growth. If sleep is not a good quality of sleep or there is not enough of it then growth hormones will not work perfectly and healthy growth and development will not occur.

Sleep Deprivation Effects

If toddler is not getting proper sleep at night then it will affect the stimulation of growth hormones. Growth hormones co – ordinates and stimulate the growth of the whole body at the time of sleeping. Muscles, bones and nerves may all be affected.

Sleep deprivation can also have a negative effect on body weight. It can lead to weight loss or weight gain which is not healthy.

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Whilst it’s normal for toddlers to experience sleeping issues, there are ‘normal’ sleep problems as well as issues that are not normal. Sleep is just as important as a healthy diet for young children so if your child is experiencing sleep problems then it’s important to seek help. It might be only a small change that needs to happen for your child to experience much better quality sleep or there might be a few changes that need to be made. Whatever the issues is our team at Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz can definitely help. We are a team of sleep professionals and work with families to ensure healthy sleep habits develop. For more information go to www.sleepystarz.com

Why Having a Good Bedtime Routine is Important
Why Having a Good Bedtime Routine is Important

A good bedtime routine is very important for toddlers. Sleep is just as important as food and love and helps promote healthy growth and development. Creating and consistently following a good bedtime routine is the start of setting up good sleep habits. Here are some of the reasons to start a good bedtime routine today:

Consistency: Toddlers strive off routine. Doing the same thing over and over again may seem monotonous for us but toddlers work extremely well off this and know what to expect each night. It will make sleep time easier as well as help develop healthy sleep habits overall.

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Healthy development: Sleep promotes healthy growth and brain development. Without a good bedtime routine we cannot expect our children to sleep well overnight. Sleep is crucial for healthy growth and brain development in children and without sleep, studies have proven that health issues can occur. Having a good bedtime routine in place helps set your child up for a good night of sleep.

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Relaxation: Feeling calm and relaxed at bedtime is important for not just children but also adults. If we are feeling worked up, then going to sleep is not easy and sometimes impossible. Good bedtime routines include things such as bath, shower, milk, massage, quiet game, story book etc. All of these things will help relax your child and get their bodies ready for sleep.

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With all of the technology out there these days it’s no wonder that more and more parents are struggling to get their toddler into healthy and quality sleeping habits. A good bedtime routine is just the start of it. Whilst it’s normal for young children to resist sleep and experience some sleeping problems, there are more definitely things that us, as parents can be doing to ensure that we are doing everything possible to get our children sleeping well. Further, if things are not working, then seek help. It doesn’t make you a failure as a parent, it makes you an intelligent parent to be able to ask for help. For more information about sleep or to seek assistance head to www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting/

Daytime Activities for Toddlers
Daytime Activities for Toddlers

It is a must to arrange some daytime activities for toddlers to make them active throughout the day. If they are active during the day time then they will sleep better at night. There are so many day time activities which can make your toddlers active and some of them are indoor and some are outdoor. Have a look at the list below for some day time activities to do with your toddler:

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  1. Get creative and use items around the house such as cardboard to make trains, airplanes, houses etc that are easy to assemble and disassemble. This will keep your kids active and they can even try to disassemble it themselves.
  2. Give your toddler some musical instruments which are specially made for toddlers. You can even find things around the house that they can use as instruments and make noise with. Your toddler will use their own creative ideas while playing with it whilst at the same time developing their artistic skills.
  3. Give your toddler safe kitchen items that are different to their normal toys. Toddlers strive on change and different things to play with and they will absolutely love playing with different kitchen gadgets.                                                                                                                                                                                      swimming activities for toddlers
  4. Get creative with arts and crafts. Buy some paints, brushes and paper and let your toddler explore colors whilst getting dirty. Whilst the clean up can be a bit annoying, your toddler will love the experience of paining.
  5. Put some music on and dance! Dancing is a great way to keep toddlers active and most little children seem to adore music. See the smile light up your child’s face when you dance with them!
  6. Set up different activities such as a ball station, skipping rope station, hopping station and so forth. Get your toddler to make their way around the different stations. This is a great way to not only keep your toddler active but is also a fantastic way to get them outside.

 

activities for toddlersThere are so many ways to keep your toddler busy with day time activities. Use your own imagination to come up with ideas and soon they’ll start flowing.  And, make sure you enjoy this special time with your little one as they grow up so quickly. For more information on activities and all things toddler related go to www.sleepystarz.com

 

Is It Ok To Help My Baby Get To Sleep?
Is It Ok To Help My Baby Get To Sleep?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz offers a range of affordable sleep consultation packages. To check them out head to www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting/

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