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Conversations About Sleep 0-3 Years

This video guide aims to be an informative and practical guide for professionals working with families, and for families themselves, in promoting sleep. We have included the wisdom of parents and their own unique stories as well as information and strategies from experienced Ngala professionals.

The content is based on the latest evidence as at December 2013.  As our understanding about how the brain develops changes and deepens, so too does our understanding about sleep and settling strategies.

Common themes throughout the video:

    • The importance of relationships
    • How sleep is a part of everyday life and cannot be separated from brain and child development. It therefore takes time for babies to develop the ability to link sleep cycles together so that they sleep for longer stretches
    • Various practical hints and strategies
    • The emphasis on parents getting to know their baby or child’s tired signs
    • How parents can help babies and children feel safe and secure by remaining calm, affectionate and responsive

There are 7 chapters in total and it is recommended that Chapter 1 be viewed first before selecting the age appropriate chapter.  

Chapter 1: About Sleep. Download
View this chapter first.  It lays the ground work for the rest of the chapters and provides an overview of the issues that may impact on sleep, such as how well a baby has been fed, stage of brain development, the differences between sleep patterns of Rapid Eye Movement sleep (REM sleep) and Non- rapid eye movement sleep (Non-REM sleep) and safe sleep messages.
Why Tummy Time is Important 

Chapter 2: 0 – 3 months. Download
To the sleep deprived parents, newborn sleep seems totally disorganized. In this chapter we cover topics such as how long newborns might sleep; how their sleep patterns are shaped by the length of time it takes them to feed, digest, and become hungry again; how brain development plays an important role in the development of sleep patterns; safe sleep messages and the fact that crying is normal in this age range.

Chapter 3: 4 – 8 months. Download
At this age a baby is more awake and interactive with people and things in his or her world.  Included in this chapter is information about the importance of bed time routines or habits, the need for quiet time without electronics just before settling your baby to sleep, sleep ranges, importance of milk when your baby has a growth spurt, babies start to form sleep associations, the beginnings of separation awareness or anxiety towards 8 months which may impact on sleep and safe sleep messages.
Importance of Milk in Growth 

Chapter 4: 9 – 14 months. Download
Babies and children are now on the move and these newly learnt skills may impact on sleep. In this chapter we cover topics such as their emerging independence and the impact this has on sleep, language development, sleep ranges, separation awareness, and the importance of bedtime routines or patterns and quiet time.

Chapter 5: 15  24 Months. Download
Information covered in this chapter include the fact that separation awareness peaks in this age range and a big change happens with regard to day sleeps. At around 18 months children change from 2 to 1 day sleep. Language development continues at a rapid pace and some children experience periods of sleep difficulty for the first time in their life. This is common as this age group like to assert independence and may use sleep time as an opportunity to say “no”.

Chapter 6: 24 – 36 months. Download
Between their second and third birthdays, most children have an abundance of energy. Strategies included in this chapter are about providing your child with opportunities to choose between two choices, lots of opportunities to run around outside each day, making moving to a bed a fun thing to do and have well established bedtime rituals. 

Chapter 7: Early Learning & Development Centres (Day Care). Download
This chapter has practical hints about settling your baby or child into day care, being predictable in how you say good bye to your child and the importance of sharing information with your child’s educators about your child’s tired signs and sleep associations i.e. a toy or small little blanket.

Alternatively you can pre-order a DVD through our online shop for $10.


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