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Good Night Sleep Consultant Talks About Becoming A Mother.

I have been a sleep consultant for 3 years and helped over 340 babies and their families in getting a good night’s sleep. I love my job, I learnt a lot in 3 years especially as I did not have any of my own children. I often saw myself justifying myself, to clients and even friends, on why I was qualified to do what I love and why it works even if I did not have my own children to practice on. Well my day has finally come. On the 24th of August my precious baby girl arrived in this world.

What a journey the last 3 months have been! I have learnt more than i ever thought possible yet my previous occupational knowledge definitely helped me. I will admit I felt the pressure the minute my precious bundle was put in my arms. A week in and the most common question I got asked was not “How are you doing?” but “How is she sleeping?” Luckily I knew and remembered that newborns should wake and feed 3 hourly, throughout the day and night.

The first 6 weeks was a beautiful time of getting to know my beautiful daughter but it was not without its challenges; sorting out correct latching, adjusting to the responsibility of having a child, waking every 3 – 4 hours through the night to feed, having a newborn who was adjusting to the outside world after being inside for 40 weeks and 3 days, a couple of hours of early night screaming for no apparent reason.

In 6 weeks I got to trust my instincts as a mother and I got to know my child’s different noises, cries and needs. From 6 weeks […]

Is my child unresponsive during sleep training?

Sleep training. What a heated debate.

Ask any parent that has been parenting in this century and they are sure to have an opinion about whether they are for or against it. In our experience, it has a great deal to do with what parents believe sleep training is, as many individuals don’t fully understand what it involves. That being said, some parents embark on the process of working on sleep problems by eliminating possible props and working on positive sleep associations… after a night or two of “sleep training” they feel that their child is “angry” at them and or more clingy than usual. Is this real? Or is it a perception that becomes reality?

Laying the groundwork first
Let us first stress that for the sake of this article we are going to assume that all fundamentals are in place. We cannot stress enough how important it is to have a holistic approach to sleep rather than diving straight to sleep training. Furthermore, attachment, and grounded parenting are even more important than sleep.

Understand what your baby is going through
If a child has always relied on drinking himself to sleep, or on multiple bottles at night, or any other series of events which have now changed with a new sleep regime, it is likely to result in some unhappiness and possibly crying – or just plainly less sleep. It is thus logical that for a day or two – while your child is going through these changes –your baby might be more cranky and/or tired. Allow them to catch up on sleep and don’t wake them from naps. Rawshanda Roth, Sleep Coach says: “You are asking him to do something new that he has never experienced […]

By |March 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments|

Travelling With Kids?

The holidays are around the corner (yippee!). I hope that you have already decided what you are going to make for Christmas pudding. One other thing that needs a little planning is travelling with kids. Nothing can spoil a holiday quite as quickly as a cranky, overtired kid! Here are our best tips for keeping children’s sleep in check:

1. Planning Troubleshoot scenarios in your head can help you can be more prepared for them. If you have to get on a plane at 8pm, but your baby usually sleeps from 6pm, how will you handle this? (This sleep sling is an amazing option by the way, and will keep your hands free as you rush through the airport). If you are heading into a new time zone, adapt to this time zone as soon as possible. Cues such as light and feeding times work wonders to readjust your child’s internal clock. If you have a toddler or an older child, talk to him/her continuously before the expected activity/time change. Prepare them for what the sleep environment will be like. What will be the same as at home, and what will be different? If they need to sleep on the plane, then talk them through the steps so that they know what to expect.

2. Consistency You want to retain as much consistency as you can with regard to sleep.. This is not always possible. Decide before hand what would be the non-negotiables for you, and what would be ok to budge on. Maybe getting your child in bed at 8pm is a non-negotiable, while a more flexible schedule would be ok. Maybe sitting with your child to fall asleep in an unfamiliar environment is ok, […]

By |December 7th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

What To Do With Sick Children

I very often get this question from parents: What do I do if my child is ill? With the flu season approaching it’s a good idea to address this.

Just think back to the last time you had a cold: Even though you felt more fatigued, and your body needed the rest, you definitely did not sleep as well. Typically, a cold sufferer is congested, and wakes during the night to blow their nose, clear their throat or drink some water. Your children are no different.  I’ve, very rarely, met a child who sleeps perfectly through an illness. The ugly truth is that no-one sleeps well when they’re ill, and very few children sleep soundly when they are sick.

Prepare yourself. There are definitely going to be some wake ups that you should respond to. You have a sick child that will need some comfort and attention, and it is important that you support your child through this uncomfortable stage.

However, it is important to maintain the normal sleep routine as far as possible. It is easy to fall into an emotional trap. Many parents, at the onset of child illness, commence with night-time feeding. However, if you’ve got a healthy, 6 month, 8 month old, or 10 month old, who has had several weeks or months peaceful sleep, there’s no sensible reason to start night-time feeding if they are ill. You could offer your child a sip of water as the throat might seem a little dry. You might need to wipe the nose. It’s even fine to give a few cuddles. However, you want to make sure you put your child back in their usual sleeping environment.

Expect and allow them to continue to use the […]

By |October 31st, 2015|News|0 Comments|

Why hiring skilled moms makes good business sense.

Times are tough and if you own or manage your own business you know how difficult it can be to find fit for purpose people. In fact, it’s hard to find people full stop. But the way we work is changing and there is a pool of highly skilled people that have thus far being largely overlooked in the hiring process – skilled moms.

In today’s ever-changing world which faces increasing economic challenges, these highly skilled group of women can give you the competitive edge, and here’s why:

1.)  They bring instant skill to a business in a time of need

Skilled moms are essentially knowledge workers who have a specific skill to offer a business at any given time. Often, the need is only temporary and so employing someone permanently does not always make sense. Skilled moms come from varying backgrounds, have often studied extensively and have gained years of work experience before having children. But with this life change they are looking for more flexibility and autonomy and can offer their considerable knowledge to companies on a more ad hoc basis. From Actuaries to Zoologists, it is like having a pool of experts on tap that you can call on whenever the need arises.

2.)  Flexible workers are more productive than full-time employees.

Research studies have shown that part-time or flexible workers are more productive per hour than full time employees. For employers this means that the output vs pay ratio for a part-time employee is far higher than a full-time employee. Employers get more “bang” for their buck.

3.)  Flexible workers are less likely to job hop.

It is costly to train new staff and today’s Millennial workforce constantly job-hops to get ahead.  Hiring a skilled mom who […]

By |October 6th, 2015|News|0 Comments|
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    Chiro – Colic And Reflux. Dr Mike Marinus – NOT TO BE MISSED AT OUR SEMINAR ON 3 OCTOBER 2015

Chiro – Colic And Reflux. Dr Mike Marinus – NOT TO BE MISSED AT OUR SEMINAR ON 3 OCTOBER 2015

-“I heard that Chiropractors can help babies with Colic and Reflux!”

– “Are you nuts…what is a Chiropractor going to do with a tiny little baby??”

-“I haven’t got a clue but everyone keeps recommending them.”

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I see chats like this on social media all the time and it’s easy to understand why a new parent would be tentative to see some ruk en pluk  doctor with their newborn. The fact is that research in the field of Paediatric Chiropractic has grown wildly over the last 20 years and thousands of babies have benefitted from having their alignment checked by qualified, passionate Chiropractors.

“So what does back pain have to do with Colic or Reflux”…nothing I can think of.  Chiropractic treatment of babies is all about making sure their developing nervous systems are allowed to function at 100% and aren’t blocked from doing their job by misalignments of the spine. These blockages can happen commonly to babies through the birth process, be it Caesar, Natural or Assisted, getting one person out of another person  is tricky at the best of times and generally leaves both parties with some war wounds.

Here’s a secret… contrary to popular belief Chiropractors don’t actually treat Colic, Reflux, or any other ailment…  We treat the spine column and allow your baby’s nervous system to do the rest.  The techniques used are specialized for infants and Chiropractic has one of the cleanest track records when it comes to the safety of our tiny patients. Generally babies’ symptoms come on at around 2 weeks of age and so are treated at that time but they can safely be treated literally from birth.

I can’t wait to explain the connection between a healthy nervous system and calm, peaceful […]

By |September 18th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

Book Now – Baby and Toddler Sleep Seminar October 2015

Not to be missed.

All you need to know about getting your baby and toddler’s to sleep better – speakers include include Sr Linda Britz, Prof. Welma Lubbe, Dr. Mike Marinus (chiropractor), Adeline Pretorius, Dr Alison Bentley, Sr Ann Richardson, Dereck Jackson, Karin van der Walt, Petro Thamm and Meg Faure.

Light meal as well as lunch will be served and child care will be available

Make your booking online at http://goodnightbaby.co.za/seminars/ alternative email us at info@goodnightbaby.co.za

 

 

 

By |August 27th, 2015|News|1 Comment|

SAVE THE DATE! Baby And Toddler Sleep Seminar.

DON’T MISS OUT
Coming soon
Baby and Toddler Sleep Seminar
3 October 2015
More information and a list of speakers will be provided in due course.
The seminar will bring sleep experts in South Africa to moms with sleepless babies and toddlers
as well as relevant and helpful products in the baby and baby sleep industry.

By |August 5th, 2015|News|1 Comment|

To Chiro Or Not To Chiro

To Chiro or not to chiro

BY DR NICOLE LOUW
MTech Chiropractic (UJ) MCASA

Is chiropractic safe for my children? Why should my child get checked, she feels fine? You have your children’s teeth checked, and most schools do an eye and hearing exam yearly, so why don’t you have regular health check ups? Children’s bodies are physically weaker than adults, so they have a better chance of experiencing spinal subluxations (a vertebrae out of place that is pinching a nerve and causing problems) while doing every day activities. Why wait till your child is sick to bring them into the chiropractor? Subluxations can exist for a long time without causing any pain, but deficiencies in other areas, while they may not be noticeable, may be present the entire time.

Let’s start from the beginning. The very beginning, before your child is even born. You should be receiving spinal checkups as often as weight check ups. Subluxations cause uneven blood flow to parts of your body, including the uterus. If your baby isn’t getting enough blood, they may not be getting enough oxygen, which is more important during the development process than you think. Lack of oxygen to the uterus can cause several complications early in infancy, which could lead to such tragic events as SIDS. Next we’ll look at when the baby is born.

A newborn’s spine can be twisted and turned from birth. As hard as labor is on the mother, think of how hard it is on the baby! Abraham Towbin, MD states: “The birth process…is potentially a traumatic, crippling event… mechanical stress imposed on obstetrical manipulation—even the application of standard orthodox procedures may prove intolerable to the fetus…most signs of neonatal injury observed in the delivery room are neurological…” Now, we’ll look at the infants first week.

Research is ongoing, and with each study done, more and more […]

Babies SHOULD Be Waking During The Night

Every once in a while I receive a frantic email or Facebook post about the newest article that is doing its rounds on social media. I always feel so saddened by people who share information that they have not researched properly. By enabling the content and information to go viral; these people create varying emotions that range from guilt to worry in other parents’ minds.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook and I love social media. I also love the fact that these platforms have the ability to INFORM individuals. Sometimes I wonder what parents did before Google existed. However, the right and responsibility to be properly informed is no more important than ever.

The article that currently has me concerned is this one: http://www.kidspot.com.au/babies-should-wake-during-the-night-new-study-declares/. It is titled: “Babies SHOULD be awake during the night, new study declares.” Here are a few things that you should know about this study that the author of the article is referring to:

• It was done by Swansea University
• 715 mothers participated in the study
• The study was done on babies who were between 6 and 12 months of age

If you read the actual research of this particular study here: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/bfm.2014.0153?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&, you will find that the study had nothing to do with the fact that babies SHOULD (and I am putting this in big capital letters because that is the way this author of the article put it) be waking at night, but rather, and I quote: “Many new mothers believe that their infants’ diet is related to their sleep; formula milk or increased levels of solid food are often given in an attempt to promote sleep. However, the impact of these in later infancy is not understood”.

I believe, […]