Sleep Smart Blog

For health professionals and early years educators. Delivered by Australia's leading infant and toddler sleep consultants.

Kids, Childhood & COVID-19

The need for hugs, hugs and more hugs! Many of us are asking some very important questions about how children are being impacted by COVID-19. Our exposure to the pandemic is currently approaching nine months, with many countries now experiencing a second wave. It’s time we had some clarity...

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Amber Beads- why they're really not a good idea

In recent years, there’s been a swell of interest in using amber bead jewellery for babies and young children. Parents, who use amber beads, believe that amber has therapeutic qualities when in contact with their child’s skin, particularly for alleviating teething symptoms. But what is the...

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Child Safety- What's safe and What's not

All of us want our children to be safe, but it’s not always easy. The combination of their body and brain immaturity places them in the age group with the highest risk of harm. It pays for all of us to be mindful of specific risks to every child’s safety, and to do what we can to minimise the...

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Hip Dysplasia

Many of us have heard of babies having hip dysplasia, congenital dislocation of the hips, or perhaps even “clicky hips”. But understanding what’s involved can be a little confusing. The correct name for hip dysplasia is Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH). This is because it can develop...

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But you can't be hungry again!

Finding solutions when feeding isn’t the answer Often, the quickest way to stop a baby from crying is to feed them. But feeding isn’t always the answer, and in fact sometimes, can make an unhappy situation even worse. Overfeeding is a common problem for babies and can lead to a number of health...

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Babies and Tummy Time

If there's a baby in your care who simply can’t bear tummy time, then read on. Although we all know it’s an important part of supporting development, the truth is that lots of babies just don’t want anything to do with being on their tummy. Why is tummy time such a big issue? We really don’t...

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Why do Babies Make Noise When they Sleep?

It is often hard to believe how noisy tiny babies can be when they sleep. These little bodies are capable of big sounds, especially when contrasted to the still of the night. What then makes babies noisy when they sleep? Age, anatomy, illness and a range of factors contribute to the noises...

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Helping Toddlers Feel Good about Sleep

As an infant develops into a toddler, they become increasingly aware of the world around them. This includes the realisation that they are an individual, with a body and mind of their own. As their independence and autonomy flourish, the toddler brain is very much in a state of flux. And while...

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Toddlers and Sleep

Toddlers have a lot going on! It’s a time of great brain growth as they actively learn new things every day. It is also a developmental period when they can be quite sensitive to change. As a result, they can easily become overwhelmed and overtired by which stage they will be extremely...

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Sleep Associations

The way a baby drifts to sleep is how they understand sleep. Whatever experience they have had, is what they learn to expect, or what they associate with going to sleep or drifting back to sleep between sleep cycles. There are two types of sleep associations – dependent and independent, and both...

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