The Sleep Coach giveaway

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Jun 242016
 

The Sleep Coach

When people hear I am a mum of five they sometimes think I must be a parenting expert by now. While I consider myself quite experienced at changing nappies, wrestling a wiggly baby into a bodysuit and swaddling a newborn in a few quick moves there are plenty of things I still struggle with too. It is no secret that all babies are different and they all come with their own challenges with sleep being one of the biggest battles for most families (including ours!).

Over time many babies settle into a ‘proper’ sleeping pattern by themselves but sometimes this doesn’t happen naturally and slowly the whole family starts to suffer from sleep deprivation. If you are in desperate need of some much-needed zzz’s you’ll be glad to know The Sleep Coach is here to help:

Cheryl FinglesonSnooze Specialist Cheryl Fingleson, also known as The Sleep Coach, is a lovely Australian mum of two who has a real heart for helping young children, and their parents, achieve the restful sleep they all need. As a certified gentle sleep coach Cheryl is experienced, fully trained and well-equiped to develop effective, personal sleeping solutions that will fit your family’s situation and needs perfectly.

Personally I found it very reassuring that Cheryl only supports safe and gentle sleep techniques and does not believe in leaving babies or children to cry it out (CIO), nor in the practices of controlled crying. Even co-sleeping is not necessarily a no-go, here are Cheryl’s top tips for co-sleeping the safe way:

How to Co-Sleep Safely:

Make sure your mattress is firm, as your baby could suffocate or overheat on a soft mattress. If your bed has a frame, a headboard, or is against a wall, make sure the mattress fits snugly, so your baby can’t fall into any gaps. This risk is highest when your baby is between 3 months and 10 months.

Keep the bedding light and minimal, and don’t use a duvet if you are co-sleeping. If your baby is less than a year old, use lightweight covers, and use them sparingly to prevent overheating or suffocation. This risk is highest during his first three months of his life. Check every now and then to make sure he hasn’t wriggled down and covered his head.

Never sleep on a sofa with your baby, as he could become wedged in the cracks between the sofa cushions or between you and the back of the sofa. Don’t co-sleep on a waterbed as these are too soft and may have deep crevices around the frame where your baby could get trapped.

Keep your baby warm, not hot, and dress him lightly for sleep. Contact with your body will raise his skin temperature. As a rule of thumb, if you’re a comfortable temperature, then your baby probably is, too.

Don’t let your baby and toddler sleep next to each other in bed. Toddlers don’t understand the risks, and could roll over onto your baby, or put an arm across his mouth or head. You or your partner should always sleep between the children if you want them both in your bed.

Your baby should never be left alone on the bed, as he could easily fall out, even if you’ve just nipped to the loo. Don’t let your baby sleep on a pillow, or put one either side of him, as he may roll off it or be smothered in the folds.

Buy a rail to attach to the side of the bed or put him in a safe place, such as a bassinette or cot, while you are out of the room.

When is co-sleeping not safe?

Do not co-sleep if:

  • You or your partner smoke.
  • Your baby was premature or had a low birth weight.
  • You or your partner have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medication or drugs. This may affect your memory and you could forget that your baby is in your bed and roll over onto him. You may also sleep so soundly that you are unaware that you’ve rolled on to him.
  • You are extremely tired, or have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea. You may be in such a deep sleep that you don’t wake up if you roll onto your baby.

To find out more about The Sleep Coach, to see what services Cheryl offers and to inquire about a sleep solution for your family visit www.thesleepcoach.com.au.

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Dec 232014
 

Knocked-Up Fitness

Christmas Countdown – Day 23

With only one week left of the year I can’t help but think of my New Year resolutions, the ones I kept (and of course the ones I didn’t keep!) and new ones for the year ahead. Like most mums I would love to be fitter but where do you start? Whether you are a new mum, an ‘old’ mum or even an expecting mum, Erica Ziel’s Knocked-Up Fitness will help you become fit and healthy in 2015:

Knocked-Up Fitness Digital Program

With more than 10 years of personal training and Pilates teaching under her belt certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor, nutritionist and mum of three Erica Ziel knows exactly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to fitness. She has developed the Knocked-Up Fitness Program to help mothers stay fit healthy during all stages of pregnancy and beyond.

Erica ZielKnocked-Up Fitness offers gentle, safe, functional exercises that be done during pregnancy to help you feel good and give you more energy as well as prepare you for delivery and busy life as a mother. Exercises are short and well explained so you can do them in the comfort of your own home and fit them into your day when it suits you best. Bonus: You don’t need a babysitter, expensive equipment or watch your reflection in scary mirrors!

prenatal-and-after-baby-dvdsAfter your baby has been born Knocked-Up Fitness will help you to back (or close) to your pre-baby body in a safe and gentle way. Erica Ziel has built her program on exercises that have proven to be successful for ordinary mums like you and I which makes results achievable and rewarding. You can buy the program on DVD or in digital form and you can even book online training with Erica herself.

To find out more about Knocked-Up Fitness by Erica Ziel, to browse the product range and to order online visit www.knocked-upfitness.com.

For your chance to win the Knocked-Up Fitness Digital Program: Prenatal + Pilates-Infused Functional Workouts + eBook (RRP $89) enter our giveaway below:

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Sep 152014
 

Home Detox Boot Camp

A few months ago I told you all about Sustainababy Home Detox Boot CampTM, we even spoilt one lucky reader with a free spot on this life changing online course. Now I know you’re all short of time so I’m not going to repeat all the details (if you missed the introduction you can read all about it here) but I do have a brand new and rather exciting offer for you:

Home Detox Boot Camp

Want to get a taste of Sustainababy’s Home Detox Boot CampTM before you sign up for the real deal? Now you can! The wonderful Laura Trotta, environmental engineer and founder of Sustainababy, has put together a fantastic FREE Home Detox Training to help you kick start the process of removing chemicals from your home:

Learn how to get a cleaner, healthier home and ditch the chemicals with only 9 natural products through this great three-part series:
1. 3 Reasons why a home detox will improve your child’s health
2. 3 Natural ways to kill bacteria and germs in your home
3. How to stop moths and silverfish from devouring your clothes, naturally!
PLUS How to detox your dishwasher and how to kill mould without bleach.

Just click the link to get the training direct to your inbox: http://sustainababy.leadpages.net/homedetox.

I have no doubt you will love Laura’s hands-on advice and practical tips, in fact I bet you’ll find this detox process is rather addictive and once you’ve started you just want to keep going. The next round of the Sustainababy Home Detox Boot CampTM is just a few weeks away with enrolments closing on September 28, 2014. Go on, try before you buy and be convinced.

To find out more about Sustainababy, to try the FREE training and to sign up for the full 8-week Sustainababy Home Detox Boot CampTM eCourse visit www.sustainababy.com.au.

Dec 152013
 

Ready to Go Toilet  Time

Like many other mums across the country I have been waiting for decent summer weather to arrive so I can finally start toilet training miss 3. While it was quite an easy process with the twins it turns out to be a little harder this time which proves what we all knew already: every child is different. To make sure this transition from nappies to undies is going to be as quick and smooth as possible I have been preparing for the journey ahead with the Ready to Go! Toilet Time training kit by Hinkler:

Ready to Go! Toilet Time GirlsWhen it comes to toilet training you’ll soon notice that everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks they know exactly how and when it should be done. As a mum it can be hard to filter through all those comments and ‘helpful’ advice which adds extra stress to this messy stage. The Ready to Go! Toilet Time training kit is developed with the help of expert child psychologist Dr. Janet Hall who shares her best toilet training facts, tips and tricks in a clear, calm and compact six-step guide.

Parent GuideTo make the journey fun for little ones the Ready to Go! Toilet Time training kit contains a cute board book that is sure to get children excited about the toilet. The lovely illustrated book covers all aspects of toilet training like nappies and underwear, babies and big kids, using toilet paper, flushing and hand washing and at 14 pages it’s the perfect size for a quick read while sitting on the toilet and waiting for some toilet action.

Reward Chart GirlsWith the handy, easy-to-understand parent guide in hand the toilet training process will seem a lot less daunting, you know what signs you should be looking for and what to do and what not to do as your little one gets ready to ditch the nappy. Also part of the Ready to Go! Toilet Time kit is a cute double sided reward chart and stickers so your child can ‘earn’ stickers for successful toilet visits or even attempts, after all encouragement is very important for children and will motivate them to keep trying.

Ready to Go! Toilet Time BoysAll components of the toilet training kit are neatly kept together in a gorgeous, hard cover storage case that would make a lovely gift for a cheeky toddler who is (almost) ready for toilet training. Ready to Go! Toilet Time ($16.99) is available in a boys and girls version and you can find it at all good book and department stores, newsagents and online retailers across Australia.

To find out more Hinkler Books, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hinkler.com.au.

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Aug 162012
 

If you thought pregnancy and childbirth is nothing but bliss it is not too late to click away. At one of your first appointments in hospital you’ll be hit with words like pelvic floor, pelvic floor muscles, exercises, bladder control, incontinence and even prolapse, like most mums you will probably not think too much of it (surely that only happens to others?). Research has shown that 1 in 3 women will suffer from a pelvic floor disorder yet few (expecting) mums take their exercises seriously which can lead to huge issues later on.

As I am typing this I am wiggling about on my seat, tightening muscles that clearly haven’t had a workout for a while. During and after my twin pregnancy I had a stern talking to by an expert, warning me to train my pelvic floor muscles like a drill sergeant, and although I did try in the beginning I slowly forgot and my busy life with two newborns took over. I know many other mothers were and are like me and I have good news for you: there is hope!

Pelvic floor exercises are made really simple with the Intimina Kegel Exercisers. I admit these little pink balls look like a toy and maybe that is a good thing, it takes off the serious edge and turns your oh-so-important training into an easy game. Simply insert the exerciser, contract and lift upwards, hold (that’s the tricky part!), release and relax, and of course repeat. Anyone can do it so no more excuses, get working on those muscles!

 

There are three different Kegel Exerciser available to suit everyone from starter to master (you ALWAYS have to keep training your pelvic floor muscles to prevent weakening later on). When you’ve conquered the first ‘level’ of Light Resistance you can step up to Moderate Resistance and finally you can be crowned ‘Mistress of your Pelvic Floor’ with the Higher Resistance Kegel Exerciser. You can find the Laselle Kegel Exercisers by Intimina at selected Terry White Chemists and Blooms Pharmacies.

To find out more about the Intimina Kegel Exercisers ($19.95) and to take a closer look at the different exercise levels visit www.intimina.com.

For your chance to win an Intimina Kegel Exerciser visit www.intimina.com and answer the following question: Name one of the things the Intimina Kegel Exerciser can help women with?

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Tommee Tippee – Pourty Potty

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Oct 082011
 

A few months ago I dedicated a number of posts to toilet training products. I would love to be able to announce that we have been able to ditch the nappies and it is all done and dusted (or wiped) but unfortunately that is not the case. I actually find this one of the hardest things so far, dealing with two toddlers is tricky and they clearly respond to different approaches. Whilst my son prefers to go to the toilet my daughter thinks the potty is a safer choice, maybe because it is closer to the ground for her short legs. But not all potties are a comfortable fit, especially for older toddlers who need a wider brim to sit on. Luckily Tommee Tippee has designed a clever potty that sits like a throne and is easy to clean for mums.

The multi award winning Tommee Tippee Pourty Potty is designed with boys, girls and mums in mind. Boys and girls will find potty time much more pleasant if they can sit comfortably, which is why this potty features a larger and wider seating area than other potties making this a perfect potty for younger and older children up to 4 years old. We have two potties and this one is definitely first choice.

Mums will love the Pourty Potty because of its unique pouring duct at the back so that emptying the potty is really easy, clean and mess free. The high splash guard also reduces the risk of spills during potty time. A practical handle opening at the front lets you simply tip the contents in the toilet afterwards. The Pourty Potty is made out of sturdy plastic and is available in blue or cream.

For more information about the Tommee Tippee Pourty Potty ($19.98) and to find a stockist near you visit www.tommeetippee.com.au.