Baby Sleep Consultant & Training Services in Gladstone, QLD

Do you have a hard time getting your baby or toddler to sleep? Do they wake up in the night and fight to stay awake? Are you tired of trying all sorts of solutions to help, such as putting them to bed earlier, or not letting them a nap during the day, only to find that it doesn’t help at all?

Would you like personalised assistance from a baby and toddler sleep specialist and support in getting your infant resting better through gentle sleep training at home?

 

If so, Happy Sleepers is here to help. Our Gladstone baby sleep consultants and trainers provide support and guidance on how parents can teach their infants healthy sleep habits. This doesn’t mean simply letting them ‘cry it out’, as you may have heard to do. Instead, we do this by teaching parents how to implement our well-recognised Baby Sleep Training techniques in a way that works for your family.

Learn more on our baby and toddler sleep training available from a dedicated specialist, contact us at Happy Sleepers today by calling 0413 638 299.

Personalised Baby & Toddler Sleep Training

 After becoming a mother to twins, Christine Scheepers – the founder of Happy Sleepers – became intimately familiar with not only the struggles of managing children’s sleep cycles, but also those of parents. This gave birth to developing her own sleep training program for her children, and igniting a passion for helping other parents with custom baby and toddler sleep training.

Christine is now an ICU nurse, midwife and qualified sleep consultant. After a FREE initial 15-minute consultation to discuss the sleep issues required for your infant, we can establish an ongoing schedule of sleep training, including in-home sleep assistance, zoom & phone package or a DIY sleep program for those in Gladstone, QLD.

Contact a Trained Sleep Consultant for Your Infant

For more information on our baby and toddler sleep training services from a trained specialist in Gladstone QLD, contact us at Happy Sleepers today by calling 0413 638 299, sending an email to christine@happysleepers.com.au, or submit an enquiry through our online contact form, and we will be in touch shortly.

 

 

Improving sleep for children living between two homes and separated parents

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Some times relationships just don’t work out. Thousands of children are affected by divorce and separation each year.
It can be very difficult to maintain consistent bed times and bedtime routines for children when they divide their time between 2 homes after a separation or divorce.​

Here are a few tips to try and make it easier for everybody

  • Keep a consistent bedtime routine in both homes:
    It’s very challenging to deal with sleep problems when a child is required to make frequent changes; spending a few nights per week at one parent’s home and then the rest of the week at the other parent’s place.
    Sleep disorders like bedtime refusals and nighttime waking are common among children who feel torn between 2 parents and 2 homes and 2 different routines.
    Babies are especially sensitive to changes in their routines and the confusion can affect their sleep in a dramatic way.
    Problems may develop due to two conflicting and opposing parenting styles. As an extreme example, you might have a regimented perfectionist parent with rules for every event at home. Opposite to that, there might be a former partner who allows the children complete freedom to snack on whatever they want and just fall asleep in front of the television whenever they drop off to sleep. Imagine the emotional and social skills a young child would need to deal with these massive changes. Many children are expected to do just this every few days.
  • Rituals are valuable and give all family members a sense of belonging and can help comfort children in the unfamiliar circumstances of frequent change.
  • Keep duplicates of favorite bedtime books or music and pajamas at both homes to keep things consistent and familiar for your child making them feel more secure.
  • Reading the same favorite bedtime story at both houses gives the child the familiarity and security to wind down and makes it easier for them to go to sleep.
  • Try and meet each other halfway to agree on a reasonable bedtime routine and bedtimes that both parent groups will stick to in the interest of their child.
  • Talk about an acceptable screen time policy for your toddler and stick to it at both homes.
  • A shared online calendar or app can be a great way to stay organised with and keep your former partner up to date regarding your child’s activities and what’s coming up.
  • When your child moves between homes, he might feel unsettled and grumpy when he first arrives. Deal with this unsettled period by having a homecoming ritual. It could be a bath with your child’s favorite music playing, eating a snack together, going into the garden and looking at new flowers that opened up, or saying hello to the family pets. This can help ease the transition and make them feel settled by the time it is bedtime.
  • If possible, avoid making the transition between his/ her two homes when your child is tired or hungry.

It is very important to try and work together as a team to ensure your child gets the best quality sleep and the recommended amount of sleep time for their age.  When parents work together it makes the transition easier for the child. Consistency and routine are the keys to success! It does require exceptional teamwork; maybe even more than when you used to live together under one roof. The effort will be rewarded though with a happier and more rested child and parents.

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/helping_children_adjust_to_two_homes.html
“SLEEP: What Every Parent Needs to Know” (American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2013), Dr. Rachel Y. Moon