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RTE Today Show with Maura and Daithi!March 18, 2014

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http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10250288/

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Featured television series on Ireland AmOctober 3, 2013

Baby’s Bedtime Basics

Here are the links from my new television sleep series on TV3’s Ireland Am show. We will be following the sleep learning process of 14 month old Nathan and throughout the weeks will also be we will also be addressing other sleep issues that parents experience.

 

1: If your baby isn’t sleeping properly it can have a detrimental effect on the family we kick off a brand new series to help your baby sleep better, by following the progress of fourteen month old Nathan Stafford.

2: Fourteen month old Nathan Stafford has trouble sleeping through the night. Sleep expert Lucy Wolfe has been offering advice to Nathan’s parents. Nathan’s Mum Jacquie joins us now to let us know how it’s been going. 

3: Now we’ve almost come to the end of our Baby’s Bedtime Basics series, and we got such a huge response from parents that we decided to dedicate this morning’s slot to answering your questions. 

4: Over the course of the last month, sleep expert, Lucy Wolfe has been giving Nathan’s mum, Jacquie and dad, Dave advice on helping him to sleep better.

 

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Irish Independent Mothers and Babies OctOctober 3, 2013

 

On October 27th, the clocks will go back, here is my contribution in the Irish Independent Mothers and Babies supplement

 

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TV3’s The Morning ShowAugust 12, 2013

Follow this link to catch up with me on  TV3’s The Morning Show, joined by a past client Sinead who had struggled with her sleep. 

 

http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/155/66884/1/The-Morning-Show

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Travelling and Sleep with Young ChildrenMay 17, 2013

It’s that time of year again when parents can look forward to having a break from work and home and set off somewhere with their young children to enjoy some sun (hopefully), but more importantly some downtime. There are lots of considerations when travelling with smallies and you don’t want to go somewhere that takes too long to get there or is too hot or cold. You may need to consider the accommodation, the distance to conveniences, elevators, kiddies pool, suitable activities…the list goes on. What you may also need to factor in are the sleeping arrangements during your break away so that everyone remains well rested during the holiday time and that you don’t arrive home needing a holiday to get over the holiday you have just had. I put together some useful recommendations so that you achieve just that.
Very young children are portable and typically adjustable, but the older they get, the harder it can be. If your young child currently still requires one or more daytime naps throughout the day, this will still be necessary to implement on your break away. Some children are great to sleep on the go and out and about, others may resist sleeping based on lots of distractions. You will know your own child best and it is important that you ensure that your child is well rested during the day, so that they don’t become over-tired ahead of bedtime and in turn wake up throughout the night. Sleeping in buggies and cars, can be a sleep solution on holidays and I find using a snooze shade or similar can help to create an adequately dark environment for the sleep period. If your child is taking more than one nap per day, it’s would be sensible to have at least one of those naps back in the cot/bed so that the overall quality of their sleep isn’t compromised. This can have its own benefits; it gives parents a time to rest when they normally wouldn’t. Timed correctly, you can avoid the intense midday heat and if you have older children, one parent can have some exclusive time with them also. Making sure that your young child is well rested during the day, may also give you flexibility with being able to extend bedtime so that you can eat out and enjoy some entertainment in your location.
• On the day you travel expect disruptions with sleep, but as soon as you arrive, try to follow your typical feeding and sleeping schedule.
• Without pushing your child, try to put them into the relevant time zone, so they can adjust straight away-this can be done by waking them in the morning and following your day time routine as normal
• Bring with you familiar items from home, such as the sleeping bag, music, books, sheet from the cot. Don’t forget their lovey if you use one!
• If room sharing, when you don’t normally-move their cot/bed as far away from your bed, so as to maintain a defined sleep space
• Regulate the temperature-we don’t sleep well if we are too hot, or too cold
• Provide extra reassurance on the first few nights if necessary as your child acclimatises to sleeping in a new environment
• Avoid doing things that you don’t do at home, for example, over-night feeds, changing the sleeping location over-night, missing naps, having a super late bedtime, co sleeping.
Above all, be prepared and enjoy the well earned break.

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Time Change -Spring 2013March 26, 2013

I get a lot of requests at this time of year about the clocks going forward. I have to say that I don’t find this time change as punishing as the clocks going back and for those of you whose children wake on the early side this can be a bonus. However, it can take a few days and as long as a week, for their body to adjust to a different mood lighting caused by losing an hour and the fact that our natural body clock is being challenged.
I tend to encourage parents not to over-think this transition as I find as parents we have enough to contend with. The best options are the following
Firstly, ensure that your child is well rested in the run up to this weekend. So, getting good naps and night time sleep; then on the day of the change either:

1. Do nothing; slot them into the new time. Adjust your clock to reflect the new time and by and follow your typical daily routine, with everything pushed ahead by one hour. This way your child will lose an hour and this will mean that bedtime is potentially a whole hour earlier than the night before and you may encounter a struggle, so respond accordingly as they process the change.
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2. Spilt the difference between the new time and the “old” time for the first few days with the notion of getting back to your original bedtime within a few days. Match your feeding schedule to this change. For example. If bedtime is usually 7pm, aim for 7.30 “new time”, this in reality would be 6.30pm before the change. This way you may alleviate the struggle and allow their body to adjust with minimum upset to your daily routine.
Some important points to remember
a. Decide on which option suits you and your child/ren best to help with this transition
b. Continue to pay attention to your child’s tired signals and act accordingly
c. Ensure that the room is dark enough at both bed-time and on wake-up and also for naps. You may need to use black out blinds, if you are not already
d. Be flexible, it takes a good few days for or bodies to adjust to the change; that applies to adults as well as children
e. Have a consistent response if they are struggling to sleep and avoid ingraining habits that you may need to address in the future.
Lucy Wolfe, CGSC, MAPSC, Paediatric Sleep Consultant, birth-6 years and Mum of Four and owner of Sleep Matters-Help Your Child Sleep. Helping families with sleeping issues without using cry it out. www.sleepmatters.ie | lucy@sleepmatters.ie +872683584

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The Irish IndependentMarch 7, 2013

For those of you who missed it, here is my article from The Irish Independent Mothers & Babies Magazine

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Mum and Tots-Putting an End to Bedtime BattlesDecember 18, 2012

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Another Ireland Am Televison AppearanceOctober 12, 2012

http://www.tv3.ie/ireland_am.php?video=52025&locID=1.65.74

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Ireland AM Television AppearanceOctober 12, 2012

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Time Change Sleeping TipsOctober 11, 2012

Time Change Sleeping Tips

 

It‘s that time of year again and the clocks going back strike fear into the heart of all parents that have struggled with their children’s sleep especially if your little one is prone to waking up to start the day too early or you have only recently managed to solve some of the sleep issues that you have been having.  At this time of year I get lots of questions from frantic parents wanting to know the best way to deal with the time change, it affects not only children’s sleep but adult sleep too.

 

I have three solutions;

 

You and your child can immediately follow the time once the clock changes.  Your baby waking at 7am and going to bed around 7pm.  The day the clock changes it will say 6am, but it is no different to the day before.  Stick to the same schedule and put him to bed when the clock say 7pm, but that will really be 8pm.  For babies and toddlers who are not sensitive to being over-tired or ones that happily go with the flow- they adjust within a few days and re-settle into the same schedule.

 

The second option is to slowly change your child’s schedule over the course of a few days before the time changes.  Say for example on the Wednesday, prior to the time change, put your child to bed 15 minutes later than normal in the hope that he wakes 15 minutes later in the morning-this is determined by our internal clock, so may not always happen.  Also, offer his naps 15 minutes later.  For the next few days put him to bed 15 minutes later each night until the night of the time change and you will be back to your normal schedule.  Please note however, that this can have an adverse effect on children who are sensitive to being overtired-it can result in crankiness, early morning waking, night waking and short naps.  Not good, I know.

 

Finally, you could consider sticking to your normal schedule up until the time change and once it kicks in, be flexible and alter the schedule as much as your child can handle.  I often find that splitting the difference works well-so on the first night they would go to bed at 7pm and this would have been 7.30pm on the day before.

Whatever you decide to do please be aware that it can take about a week, if not more, for the body to get used to any kind of change in sleeping habits.  So for about a week or so you can expect things to be a little off.

 

For older children you could consider using a “time to wake up” light which will indicate to them if it’s a reasonable time to get up.  For younger children, perhaps don’t rush into them if you hear them waking at an earlier time and give them a chance to go back to sleep themselves.

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Womans Way-Early RisingJune 25, 2012

Here’s a hot topic among parents-early rising..have a look at some of my suggestions from Womans Way June 2012

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10 Sleep Super FoodsMay 23, 2012

We had a busy day on facebook this week with our count down of sleep super foods, I have put together the list for those of you who want to print it off and keep for future reference..

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Sleep Tips Coffee Am For 96fm RadiothonMay 12, 2012

Sleep Tips Coffee Morning- What Every Parent Needs to Know!

 In aid of Cork’s 96 FM Radiothon, raising funds to support cancer services in Cork.

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The East Village Bar, Restaurant & Hotel, Douglas, Cork

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Thursday 24th May 2012 10-11.30am. All welcome.

In aid of Cork’s 96 FM Radiothon, raising funds to support cancer services in Cork. Hosted by Lucy Wolfe, CGSC, MAPSC, Paediatric Sleep Consultant and mum of four young children, specialising in infant and child sleep problems that parent’s experience and need assistance in solving. She can help you identify areas affecting your child’s sleep and gently unlock your child’s natural ability to sleep through the night and nap during the day, without leaving them to cry alone. www.sleepmatters.ie 0872683584 lucy@sleepmatters.ie

 Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Gentle Sleep Advice. Kindly sponsored by The East Village. Suggested donation €5

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MATERNITY AND INFANT MAGAZINEMarch 2, 2012

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I was delighted to contribute this article for Maternity and Infant Magazine February/March 2012. If you missed it, here it is. Enjoy

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VIP MAGAZINE INTERVIEWNovember 30, 2011

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Had a nice little mention in VIP Magazine this month..

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THE IRISH TIMES INTERVIEWNovember 17, 2011

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I am thrilled to have my work featured in The Irish Times, Health Plus Supplement on Tuesday 8th November 2011….Read all about it…

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THE IRISH DAILY MAIL INTERVIEWOctober 30, 2011

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For those of you who missed it or want to have another read-interview with Joe McNamee and how I helped 15 month Isabel to sleep through the night!!!

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96FM RADIO INTERVIEWOctober 30, 2011

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 You can listen to part of the interview here…

I ve had a huge response following my interview with Neil Predeville earlier this week. Thanks to all the staff for their support and goodwill, and thanks to all the listeners who are so pleased that this resource is now available for the tired families.

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Time Change Sleeping TipsOctober 27, 2011

Time Change Sleeping Tips

 

It‘s that time of year again and the clocks going back strike fear into the heart of all parents that have struggled with their children’s sleep especially if your little one is prone to waking up to start the day too early or you have only recently managed to solve some of the sleep issues that you have been having.  At this time of year I get lots of questions from frantic parents wanting to know the best way to deal with the time change, it affects not only children’s sleep but adult sleep too.

 

I have three solutions;

 

 You and your child can immediately follow the time once the clock changes.  Your baby waking at 7am and going to bed around 7pm.  The day the clock changes it will say 6am, but it is no different to the day before.  Stick to the same schedule and put him to bed when the clock say 7pm, but that will really be 8pm.  For babies and toddlers who are not sensitive to being over-tired or ones that happily go with the flow- they adjust within a few days and re-settle into the same schedule.

 

The second option is to slowly change your child’s schedule over the course of a few days before the time changes.  Say for example on the Wednesday, prior to the time change, put your child to bed 15 minutes later than normal in the hope that he wakes 15 minutes later in the morning-this is determined by our internal clock, so may not always happen.  Also, offer his naps 15 minutes later.  For the next few days put him to bed 15 minutes later each night until the night of the time change and you will be back to your normal schedule.  Please note however, that this can have an adverse effect on children who are sensitive to being overtired-it can result in crankiness, early morning waking, night waking and short naps.  Not good, I know.

 

Finally, you could consider sticking to your normal schedule up until the time change and once it kicks in, be flexible and alter the schedule as much as your child can handle.  I often find that splitting the difference works well-so on the first night they would go to bed at 7pm and this would have been 7.30pm on the day before.

Whatever you decide to do please be aware that it can take about a week, if not more, for the body to get used to any kind of change in sleeping habits.  So for about a week or so you can expect things to be a little off. 

 

For older children you could consider using a “time to wake up” light which will indicate to them if it’s a reasonable time to get up.  For younger children, perhaps don’t rush into them if you hear them waking at an earlier time and give them a chance to go back to sleep themselves.

 

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