2000 parents sleep train, the results are in...
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by Emma Purdue
3w ago
The online world of parenting advice is CONSTANTLY arguing which sleep training technique is the “best, safest, or most effective”. Every parent I speak to has been bombarded with opinions on sleep training options before they make the decision to sleep train. Should you use a parental presence more gentle option, or just get out of the room and let them cry it out? These are questions not only parents want to know, but scientists too. In 2022 the study Implementation of Behavioral Interventions for Infant Sleep Problems in Real-world Settings was published in the Journal of Paediatrics ..read more
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10 sleep tips to sum up 2022
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by Emma Purdue
1M ago
Top 10 Sleep Must Knows from 2022  1. Have a nap routine. If you’re trying to work on longer naps or easier settling, putting your baby down for a nap at a similar time each day is one of those under estimated things you can do as a parent to help this situation. Often working with this level of consistency and working with your baby’s circadian clock can be a game changer for those who are finding limited success with random nap times based on awake windows. Yes awake windows are some what easier to follow so I can see the attraction, but in my experience they are limited in success when ..read more
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Bottle refusal - advice - what does science have to say?
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by Emma Purdue
1M ago
Bottle refusal in breastfed babies – what to do? We all know that breastfeeding is considered the best way to feed our babies and the messaging we receive from the hospital staff, most lactation consultants and midwives is to delay the introduction of a bottle for as long as possible to avoid creating nipple confusion and causing problems with breastfeeding. READ MY FED IS BEST BLOG HERE Interestingly research has looked at breast and bottle feeding and seen there are big differences in the mechanisms behind these feeding methods. Breastfed babies need a wide-open mouth, and bottle fed babies ..read more
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Day Light Savings advice.
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by Emma Purdue
1M ago
Day Light Savings – a time that every parent, even the ones with the best sleepers, dread! The time will be moving forward by an hour this weekend, so you are essentially loosing an hour eg 7pm bedtime becomes 8pm bedtime. 7am wake up becomes 8am... which sounds dreamy unless you have work, kindy, school and life commitments! Good news for those of us with babies or toddlers waking early, your 5am wake up becomes 6am on Monday, problem solved! If this is you, ignore both charts below and do not adjust anything for daylight savings. There are a few things that you can do to help your babie ..read more
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New research shows how a 5 min walk can settle your baby
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by Emma Purdue
1M ago
Could a 5 minute walk, and quick cuddle be all thats needed to get your baby to sleep? Anyone with a newborn knows the drama of trying to get a crying baby to sleep, and anyone with a baby older than a few weeks has probably already noticed babies cry less when we walk with them, than we stand still! This was movement vs stand still crying was confirmed by researchers in 2013, and it was hypothesized that the walking with a newborn triggers their proprioception or vestibular system. Scientists wondered if human babies stop crying when we carry them in the same way mammals in the wild become qu ..read more
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The rise of the Contact Nap
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by Emma Purdue
1M ago
Coming home from the hospital or birthing unit you probably found that your baby easily fell asleep on you after a feed and being a new mum you we’re shattered and cherished the snuggles, the quiet time and the baby sleeping on you. I know I did! You’re warm, and usually we hold our babies against us as they sleep, creating a snug feeling they’re used to from being in utero. Often well have a partner home from work for a few weeks, and visitors popping in. They bring us snacks and drinks while the baby sleeps on us, and all is well in the world…and that new baby smell, its right there while th ..read more
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After 4 years of product searching, a simple plan resolves Miss 4’s sleep problems
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by Emma Purdue
1M ago
Being the youngest of a family of 3 children Ebony’s sleep was always different to her siblings. She had to have most of her naps on the go, Her mum Rachel was either going to work, school, after school activities or running errands. In the first year Ebony took her naps in the car seat, in the pram at daycare, or in Rachel’s arms at home. She never napped for long and everyone just rolled with the short sporadic sleeps, Ebony included. Mum was room sharing with Ebony as space was tight in the house, and more often than not Ebony would end up in Mum and Dad’s bed at night. Usually after the 4 ..read more
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Why won’t my baby nap!?
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by Emma Purdue
1M ago
Why won't my baby nap? Updated June 2022 Napping is so much harder than night sleep due to the lack of sleep pressure during the day. Imagine sleep pressure is like a wave building, as it gets bigger and bigger, ready to crash down, that is how night sleep feels. Day naps on the other hand, are just as the wave is building far out to see, no where near as much pressure. This is why naps can feel 10x harder than night sleep, and we feel like we need all the props, and all the assistance we don't always need at night.  Other reasons why it feels like your baby just won't nap... Sleep Envir ..read more
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9 month old baby sleep explained
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by Emma Purdue
1M ago
9 month old baby sleep explained You’ve survived the newborn months, you made it through starting solids, and maybe you’ve gone back to work. Life should be settling down, but suddenly you are in the middle of nap strikes, and disrupted nights, what’s going on! Recently I spoke to a mum of a 9 month old boy George. He was a great sleeper, until he learnt to crawl that is…     Mum noticed he was crawling and rocking around in his cot for hours in the middle of the night, at bedtime and when he was meant to be napping. Frustrated at the lack of sleep George was having, mum started pi ..read more
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Dummies Debunked: 7 Myths About How Dummies Affect a Baby’s Oral Health
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by Emma Purdue
1M ago
Dummies Debunked: 7 Myths About How Dummies Affect a Baby’s Oral Health     Dummies are lifesavers!   Such a statement can be a subject of great debate. On one end, parents will agree that it is a great way to calm a fussy baby. Especially during travel or sleep, giving your kid a dummy can instantly make them quiet.   Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, dummy use is met with criticisms. It is associated with many issues, including dependence and ear infections. Not to mention, it is also linked to dental problems.   Is dummy use really that bad? In this arti ..read more
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