Top sleep tips from a baby whisperer
I teach pregnancy and postnatal pilates, so I have the pleasure of spending lots of time with new mums. It’s always interesting to listen to what they discuss in class – their concerns, joys, anxieties and excitement. One discussion that has been particularly frequent of late is “oh my goodness, I’m so tired – when is my baby going to sleep?!!!”
Of course I am a just a physiotherapist and mother of two – I am no sleep expert! I can only discuss what worked for me and my friends, but to be honest I find the conversation around sleep to be fraught with anxiety and guilt.
- What is normal? Should she be sleeping through the night by now?
- What happens if my baby is sleep deprived for months – will it affect her development?
- I don’t want to let him cry it out but am I making things worse by going in a cuddling him?
- Am I ruining his sleep by letting him use a dummy?
- I’ve heard formula fed babies sleep better – should I wean off the breast?
When I hear all these questions, I feel myself backing away…. I honestly don’t know the answers and do not feel remotely qualified to offer advice. But these questions are also really familiar to me , as I remember having the same thoughts when my children were young.
Enter Amanda Bude
Amanda is a sleep consultant, midwife, hypnobirthing instructor, infant massage instructor and mother of 3. This lady is awesome.
She has a business called Groovy Babies, based in Queensland, which offers parents sleep consultations. She takes a holistic look at the whole family unit and helps by giving families structured advice on routines, settling techniques, food, environment and so much more.
I took a bunch of questions from my clients to Amanda – some of these questions may resonate with you, so watch the video, share with your friends and enjoy!
If you have any questions for Amanda, you can reach her at . She does consultations via Skype too, so if you aren’t based in Queensland you can still get help!