Help called for return to work
ly half of new parents in 2017 are having problems getting their child to enjoy good sleep, it’s no wonder sleep services are inundated with calls,” Ms Bude said.
“I would imagine there are even more people who would love to ask for help but are weighed down by the 1950s idea that they should be able to cope by themselves. “There are so many mixed messages out there that parents are not only exhausted, they’re frightened and confused. Should they try controlled crying? Should they breastfeed the baby to sleep? Does the child have to sleep in the cot? Is catnapping a bad thing?”
But not all sleep experts are the same. Baby sleep trainers are not the same as qualified sleep specialists. Ms Bude is adamant there is no place for closing a door and letting the child cry it out.
“Baby sleep trainers may try and ‘fix’ a child with a one-sizefits-all approach like controlled crying and responsive settling. A sleep specialist will Newborn: upwards of spread through the day with each sleep lasting 30 minutes - 3 hours 1-3 months: with the amount slept during the day in a few naps (5-6 hours) decreasing as night sleep increases 6-9 months: as they need fewer naps mostly at night 1 year: at night with a short nap or two during the day assess the environmental, physical, emotional, social, developmental, psychological and medical areas of the family to see what might be underlying reasons for sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances,” said Ms Bude, who is also a midwife. Parents need to do their due diligence for qualifications and experience before letting anyone into their house. The average cost of a qualified specialist is $300 and upwards for a two-week support package. In-home sleep packages will reach a couple of thousand dollars. The sale of sleep-tracking devices is also a multimillion-dollar industry, with smart pillows and cameras watching baby’s every move. NEW mum Elna How is about to return to work fulltime.
But at 11 months, her son Liam has become hard to settle to sleep and mum and dad are exhausted.
“Australians outsource h help for so many areas of their lives, it makes sense to bring in the experts for something as vital as getting a good night’s sleep,” Ms How said.
“The phrase ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is very true. Years ago, mothers were more likely to have extended family to offer advice and a helping hand.
“As a migrant, I have a much smaller support network,” she said.
Ms How decided to call in qualified sleep professional Amanda Bude for one month to help Liam establish a good sleep pattern before she returns to work as an external auditor.
“Jobs today can be stressful and tiring in themselves so this was the right time to try to work things out,” she said.
The parents were determined not to follow any program that involved letting Liam cry it out.
“Amanda’s training has a gentle approach, she makes gradual changes.
“It might take a little longer to reach the goal, but for me, it’s important to do things this way,” Ms How said.