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The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dr Yaqoot Fatima, Research Fellow for University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research examines what healthy sleep looks like and how to get it.

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Sleep, behaviour, discipline: Parent pain

The Parenting Today in Victoria survey shines the light on areas where parents are feeling confident and where they might need support. While most parents have confidence in their parenting, they continue to struggle with sleep, behaviour and discipline.

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Baby won't sleep? Here's why babies wake

One of the biggest concerns for parents is whether your baby will sleep. It can cause some apprehension, especially if you’re a single parent, or managing most of your baby’s care. Registered nurse, midwife and author Fran Chavasse offers her advice.

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Online health searching: Is it reliable?

Searching online for medical information can allow parents to better understand their child’s condition and help them to play a more active role in their child’s health management. But should you tell your doctor and can you rely on what you find?

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Twins: Safe sleep, settling and routines

Welcoming twins into your life is exciting. No-one can prepare you for the reality that descends once you get your twins home and begin to parent them. One of the major challenges is coordinating your twins' feeding, socialising and sleeping routines.

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Baby sleep associations and self-soothing

Registered nurse, midwife and author Fran Chavasse says too many people mistakenly believe that children can learn to sleep at any age. In this three-part series, Fran offers her advice on dealing with baby sleep associations and self settling.

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Mother calming her crying baby girl

Supporting mothers: Bring back the tribe

New mothers still need their tribe says Professor Hannah Dahlen. Professor Dahlen believes some mothers struggle and we need to provide them with real, practical support in those first few months, not just people who want to gush over and hold the baby.

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Understanding the keys to good sleep

Dr Michal Kahn says it’s not easy to define a ‘bad’ sleeper from just normal infant sleeping behaviour when there are social pressures for infants to be perfect sleepers based on unrealistic expectations, fuelled by photos of instagram-happy parents.

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