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"Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you're good enough, self-compassion asks, what's good for you?" - Kristen Neff⠀⠀⠀⠀...
23/09/2021

"Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you're good enough, self-compassion asks, what's good for you?" - Kristen Neff
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As a parent or carer, you might sometimes be too hard on yourself. You might compare yourselves to others and judge yourself too harshly. Do you ever catch yourself saying things like:
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"I'm so bad at this"
"I'm the worst parent"
"I can't do anything right."
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It's natural to feel like this at times but it's important that you learn to be kinder to yourself as you navigate the challenges of being a parent.
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Self-compassion is about treating yourself with the same warmth, care and understanding you'd give to someone you care about. It's also about acknowledging that everyone goes through challenges and that they're just a part of life. This doesn't make you a bad parent.
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Self-compassion supports your mental health and wellbeing and reduces stress and anxiety which enables you to be better able to give your child what they need to grow and develop well. It also teaches your child that it's ok to make mistakes, we can learn from them and try again.
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Try practising some self-compassion by following these steps:
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✅ Pause and notice your thoughts - ask yourself if what you're telling yourself is true or just how you feel at that moment?
✅ Remind yourself that raising a child is a big and important job - we're not going to be perfect and sometimes we make mistakes. It's ok that we find things hard or need to ask for help. Try to let go of needing to control everything - it's simply not possible.
✅ Say something kind to yourself - what would you say to a friend going through the same thing? How would you encourage them? You could say something like "Other parents find this hard too, I'm not the only one."
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What would you like to tell yourself today?

"Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you're good enough, self-compassion asks, what's good for you?" - Kristen Neff
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As a parent or carer, you might sometimes be too hard on yourself. You might compare yourselves to others and judge yourself too harshly. Do you ever catch yourself saying things like:
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"I'm so bad at this"
"I'm the worst parent"
"I can't do anything right."
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It's natural to feel like this at times but it's important that you learn to be kinder to yourself as you navigate the challenges of being a parent.
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Self-compassion is about treating yourself with the same warmth, care and understanding you'd give to someone you care about. It's also about acknowledging that everyone goes through challenges and that they're just a part of life. This doesn't make you a bad parent.
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Self-compassion supports your mental health and wellbeing and reduces stress and anxiety which enables you to be better able to give your child what they need to grow and develop well. It also teaches your child that it's ok to make mistakes, we can learn from them and try again.
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Try practising some self-compassion by following these steps:
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✅ Pause and notice your thoughts - ask yourself if what you're telling yourself is true or just how you feel at that moment?
✅ Remind yourself that raising a child is a big and important job - we're not going to be perfect and sometimes we make mistakes. It's ok that we find things hard or need to ask for help. Try to let go of needing to control everything - it's simply not possible.
✅ Say something kind to yourself - what would you say to a friend going through the same thing? How would you encourage them? You could say something like "Other parents find this hard too, I'm not the only one."
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What would you like to tell yourself today?

I know how hard it is when you have a baby you can never put down! Miller was like this as a newborn, he needed to be he...
17/09/2021

I know how hard it is when you have a baby you can never put down! Miller was like this as a newborn, he needed to be held all the time!
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But you know what, it’s ok!! This won’t last forever!
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It’s completely normal for newborns to want to be held a lot. It makes them them feel safe and secure. There are also many benefits to keeping your newborn close. It keeps baby warm, helps to regulate breathing and heart rate, fosters a secure attachment, improves weight gain and reduces crying.
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If you’re struggling not being able to have your hands free, try wearing your baby in a sling or carrier.
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Remember, you won’t set up bad habits during the newborn season. There is no such thing as a baby being held too much.
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Tag a new mama who needs to hear this today.
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#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #newborn #toddler #child #melbournemums #melbournemumsandbubs #geelongmums #mumsofgeelong #sleepexpert #sleeptips #tired #sotired #sleepdeprived #naproutine #newbornsleep #babysleep #toddlersleep #babysleepproblems #mumtobe #mumlife #parentlife

I know how hard it is when you have a baby you can never put down! Miller was like this as a newborn, he needed to be held all the time!
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But you know what, it’s ok!! This won’t last forever!
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It’s completely normal for newborns to want to be held a lot. It makes them them feel safe and secure. There are also many benefits to keeping your newborn close. It keeps baby warm, helps to regulate breathing and heart rate, fosters a secure attachment, improves weight gain and reduces crying.
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If you’re struggling not being able to have your hands free, try wearing your baby in a sling or carrier.
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Remember, you won’t set up bad habits during the newborn season. There is no such thing as a baby being held too much.
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Tag a new mama who needs to hear this today.
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#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #newborn #toddler #child #melbournemums #melbournemumsandbubs #geelongmums #mumsofgeelong #sleepexpert #sleeptips #tired #sotired #sleepdeprived #naproutine #newbornsleep #babysleep #toddlersleep #babysleepproblems #mumtobe #mumlife #parentlife

Do you suspect your toddler is going through the 18 month regression right now? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀At this age your toddler is goi...
05/09/2021

Do you suspect your toddler is going through the 18 month regression right now?
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At this age your toddler is going through some pretty big changes! They're walking, talking and becoming more and more independent each day (and they definitely let us know about it!)
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This new found independence may lend itself to some pretty challenging behaviours at nap times and bedtimes in particular. They may start protesting going down or refuse the nap altogether.
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Separation anxiety also comes into play here too and you may find your toddler actually becoming distressed when you leave the room at nap time or bedtime.
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So, what can we do to help our little one's through this tricky time?
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1. Start to set some limits and enforce discipline. Toddlers are really good at pushing boundaries, so setting firm boundaries helps your toddler know what to expect. Remember that it's ok for your toddler to be upset by these boundaries. You can still acknowledge how they're feeling and let them know you hear them and understand that they don't want to go to sleep whilst still holding those boundaries firm.
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2. Stay consistent. Try and stay consistent rather than falling back to old habits such as patting or rocking to sleep, or giving your toddler a bottle to help them fall asleep, if previously they self-settled without those props. New associations can form quickly and be hard to break. If you need to, you can camp out in their room for a couple of nights.
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3. Keep offering the nap. Toddlers still need a nap until they're about 3 years of age, so don't be quick to drop it just because they're going on a nap strike. Keep offering it and it'll come back once things settle down a bit.
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What strategies have worked for you during this little bump in the road?
#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #sleeptips

Do you suspect your toddler is going through the 18 month regression right now?
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At this age your toddler is going through some pretty big changes! They're walking, talking and becoming more and more independent each day (and they definitely let us know about it!)
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This new found independence may lend itself to some pretty challenging behaviours at nap times and bedtimes in particular. They may start protesting going down or refuse the nap altogether.
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Separation anxiety also comes into play here too and you may find your toddler actually becoming distressed when you leave the room at nap time or bedtime.
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So, what can we do to help our little one's through this tricky time?
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1. Start to set some limits and enforce discipline. Toddlers are really good at pushing boundaries, so setting firm boundaries helps your toddler know what to expect. Remember that it's ok for your toddler to be upset by these boundaries. You can still acknowledge how they're feeling and let them know you hear them and understand that they don't want to go to sleep whilst still holding those boundaries firm.
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2. Stay consistent. Try and stay consistent rather than falling back to old habits such as patting or rocking to sleep, or giving your toddler a bottle to help them fall asleep, if previously they self-settled without those props. New associations can form quickly and be hard to break. If you need to, you can camp out in their room for a couple of nights.
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3. Keep offering the nap. Toddlers still need a nap until they're about 3 years of age, so don't be quick to drop it just because they're going on a nap strike. Keep offering it and it'll come back once things settle down a bit.
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What strategies have worked for you during this little bump in the road?
#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #sleeptips

In light of Speech Pathology Australia week, here are some of my top tips to facilitate communication development in you...
24/08/2021

In light of Speech Pathology Australia week, here are some of my top tips to facilitate communication development in your infant.
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-Talk to your baby often e.g. talk about what you’re doing, what is happening outside etc. Your baby loves listening to your voice!
-Emphasise words for the objects most commonly used in your baby’s world. Babies will learn nouns (names for people and things) first.
-Use a variety of words to describe what is happening around you such as verbs e.g. “wash”, prepositions e.g. “up”; adjectives e.g. “hot”; social words e.g. “bye”. Pair these with gestures to help your baby understand more abstract words.
- Repeat words – your baby will begin to understand the meaning if they hear these words often.
- Imitate the sounds your baby makes or say the word you think they might be trying to say. It doesn’t matter if they don’t pronounce the word correctly.
- Take turns when you talk, pausing and listening to your baby just like in a regular conversation. Give your baby an opportunity to have a turn.
- Get down to your baby’s level and make eye contact. It’s much easier for you and your baby to share messages if you can see and hear each other.
- Choose games and toys appropriate to your baby’s age that encourage them to interact and explore. Simple, open ended toys are best such as blocks, balls, cause and effect toys etc. You don’t need light up, noisy toys.
- Sing to your baby! Singing the same songs over and over will help your baby to learn language and rhythm.
- Share books together to promote vocabulary development. Choose simple books with large, bright pictures. Point to pictures and name them for your baby. Wait for your baby to show interest in something in the book and respond immediately with enthusiasm.
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Which one are you going to try with your baby?

9 babies die suddenly, every day in Australia.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Today, Friday 13th August, is Red Nose Day so I thought it fittin...
13/08/2021

9 babies die suddenly, every day in Australia.
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Today, Friday 13th August, is Red Nose Day so I thought it fitting to talk about safe sleep and how we can set up a safe sleep environment for our babies.
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To reduce the incidence of Sudden Unexplained Death in Infants (SUDI), it is essential parents and caregivers receive really clear, consistent messaging around safe sleep.
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The 6 evidence based safe sleeping messages are:
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✅ Always sleep baby on their back for sleep, never on their side or tummy, and position their feet to the bottom of the cot. The ‘back to sleep’ recommendation has largely contributed to an 85% reduction in SIDS deaths since the 1990s.
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✅ Keep baby’s head and face uncovered. Babies release heat from their largest surface, their head! We know overheating is one of the risk factors for SIDS, so never sleep your baby with a beanie or hood on, including for day naps.
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✅ Keep baby smoke free before and after birth.
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✅ Sleep your baby in a safe sleeping environment. Ensure the cot meets the current Australian standard, the mattress is clean, firm and flat and the right size for the cot. Ensure there are no bumpers, loose blankets or pillows in the cot.
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✅ Sleep baby in their own safe sleep space in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first 6-12 months. There is evidence that this arrangement reduces the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.
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✅ Breastfeed your baby, where you can. Breastfeeding has a protective effect and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
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🖥 See www.rednose.org.au for more information
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Have you ever been confused about any of the messaging out there regarding what is safe and unsafe for infant sleep?

9 babies die suddenly, every day in Australia.
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Today, Friday 13th August, is Red Nose Day so I thought it fitting to talk about safe sleep and how we can set up a safe sleep environment for our babies.
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To reduce the incidence of Sudden Unexplained Death in Infants (SUDI), it is essential parents and caregivers receive really clear, consistent messaging around safe sleep.
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The 6 evidence based safe sleeping messages are:
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✅ Always sleep baby on their back for sleep, never on their side or tummy, and position their feet to the bottom of the cot. The ‘back to sleep’ recommendation has largely contributed to an 85% reduction in SIDS deaths since the 1990s.
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✅ Keep baby’s head and face uncovered. Babies release heat from their largest surface, their head! We know overheating is one of the risk factors for SIDS, so never sleep your baby with a beanie or hood on, including for day naps.
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✅ Keep baby smoke free before and after birth.
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✅ Sleep your baby in a safe sleeping environment. Ensure the cot meets the current Australian standard, the mattress is clean, firm and flat and the right size for the cot. Ensure there are no bumpers, loose blankets or pillows in the cot.
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✅ Sleep baby in their own safe sleep space in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first 6-12 months. There is evidence that this arrangement reduces the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.
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✅ Breastfeed your baby, where you can. Breastfeeding has a protective effect and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
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🖥 See www.rednose.org.au for more information
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Have you ever been confused about any of the messaging out there regarding what is safe and unsafe for infant sleep?

Would you agree? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Saturday’s are always my day to “sleep in” as Kyle gets up to tend to Miller. I’d love to say ...
25/07/2021

Would you agree?
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Saturday’s are always my day to “sleep in” as Kyle gets up to tend to Miller. I’d love to say it’s an actual sleep in but I’m really just lying there waiting for my next “present” to be brought to me, which usually consists of dinosaurs, plastic food and toy cars! 🤪
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Ah well! You take what you can get don’t you! At least it’s a day off the usual morning routine!!
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Did you get a “sleep in” over the weekend?
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#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #newborn #toddler #child #melbournemums #melbournemumsandbubs #geelongmums #armstrongcreek #mumsofgeelong #sleepexpert #sleeptips #tired #sotired #sleepdeprived #naproutine #newbornsleep #babysleep #toddlersleep #babysleepproblems #mumlife #parentlife

Would you agree?
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Saturday’s are always my day to “sleep in” as Kyle gets up to tend to Miller. I’d love to say it’s an actual sleep in but I’m really just lying there waiting for my next “present” to be brought to me, which usually consists of dinosaurs, plastic food and toy cars! 🤪
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Ah well! You take what you can get don’t you! At least it’s a day off the usual morning routine!!
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Did you get a “sleep in” over the weekend?
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#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #newborn #toddler #child #melbournemums #melbournemumsandbubs #geelongmums #armstrongcreek #mumsofgeelong #sleepexpert #sleeptips #tired #sotired #sleepdeprived #naproutine #newbornsleep #babysleep #toddlersleep #babysleepproblems #mumlife #parentlife

💻 FREE webinar!! 💻 Do you have a toddler who you constantly battle with at bedtime? Does your toddler frequently get out...
20/07/2021

💻 FREE webinar!! 💻

Do you have a toddler who you constantly battle with at bedtime?

Does your toddler frequently get out of bed during the night and roam the hallways?

Is your toddler up at the crack of dawn, refusing to stay in their bed, or the very least, their room?

If you are struggling with any of the above, then this webinar is for you!

I will be talking all things toddlers (preschoolers too) and bedtimes during this free webinar and you will have an opportunity to ask questions too!

Spots are limited to 10 people so that everyone has an opportunity to ask questions more specific to their situation.

The first 10 to DM me will get a spot!

#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #toddler #melbournemums #melbournemumsandbubs #geelongmums #mumsofgeelong #armstrongcreek #sleepexpert #sleeptips #tired #sotired #sleepdeprived #toddlersleep #mumlife #parentlife

💻 FREE webinar!! 💻

Do you have a toddler who you constantly battle with at bedtime?

Does your toddler frequently get out of bed during the night and roam the hallways?

Is your toddler up at the crack of dawn, refusing to stay in their bed, or the very least, their room?

If you are struggling with any of the above, then this webinar is for you!

I will be talking all things toddlers (preschoolers too) and bedtimes during this free webinar and you will have an opportunity to ask questions too!

Spots are limited to 10 people so that everyone has an opportunity to ask questions more specific to their situation.

The first 10 to DM me will get a spot!

#sleep #sleepconsultant #babysleepconsultant #sleeptraining #sleepcoach #toddler #melbournemums #melbournemumsandbubs #geelongmums #mumsofgeelong #armstrongcreek #sleepexpert #sleeptips #tired #sotired #sleepdeprived #toddlersleep #mumlife #parentlife

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