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We cannot overstate the importance of sleep in babies, children, and even adults. Sleep is one of the most important parts of every person’s routine, and it’s inseparable from a healthy lifestyle. Not only is it important your baby receives enough restorative sleep, but it’s also important you are too!

Every living creature needs sleep, and during early development, it’s the primary activity of the brain. Circadian rhythms, also known as the sleep-wake cycle, are regulated by light and dark. These rhythms will take time to develop, which results in the irregular sleep schedules of newborns. From approximately three to six months, your little one will begin to develop their sleep-wake cycle, and by six months babies will have their regular sleep-wake cycle down packed.

The first few years of life for your baby will be the foundations for not only creating important, healthy sleep patterns, but for growth, development and learning, too. Making sure your little one is getting the right amount of sleep, and the best quality they can get, isn’t just important in the short term, but the long term too.

The importance of sleep and its effects have been studied numerous times. From it’s impact on cognition and growth in infants, to the development of self-soothing behaviour, the medical world is obsessed with sleep. It’s been shown time and time again that children who get an adequate amount of sleep will have improved attention, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health. Did you know sleep promotes growth? Yeah, it does that too! Judith Owens, M.D., director of sleep medicine at Children’s National Medical Centre, says that the “Growth hormone is primarily secreted during deep sleep,”.

Having inadequate or reduced sleep can have plenty of negative effects, too, such as high blood pressure, obesity, and in some cases, depression.

Sleep is just as important as nutrition, and the two have a linked relationship with each other. It can be easy to neglect one for the other, but keeping a balance and varied diet for your child, plus a healthy sleep schedule, is key to setting your little one up for life.

Not only that, but sleep helps beat germs, too. I know, it’s a surprise, but getting good, restorative sleep consistently can help your little one fight off minor illness with ease. Proteins known as cytokines are used by the body to fight infection and illness. It’s been found that too little sleep impact the number of cytokines on hand, and in studies of adults, getting less sleep can make you three times more likely to develop a cold. While there’s little data on younger children, similar results have been found in studies of teens, as well. So, it’s important for your whole family to get enough sleep.

Having a healthy sleep pattern allows everyone to live to their fullest, so it’s important if you’re noticing difficulty with getting your little one’s sleep, to get the help you need. Contacting a My NewBorn baby sleep consultant in Sydney could be the next step for your family.

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Terms & Conditions

Jennifer is a qualified IMI Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant, Doula and MNT Maternity Nurse. These qualifications enable her to assist pregnant women with their sleep issues, support women during labour and the birthing process, guide parents during the postpartum period and educate families about their baby’s sleeping habits. Jennifer provides safe and gentle sleep training methods based on knowledge obtained during her studies, successful qualifications and 16+ years experience.

Jennifer has obtained her paediatric First Aid Training through KidZAid and is registered to work with babies and children in Australia and Europe. Techniques and methods used are all derived directly from her qualifications and from her many years of experience.

Jennifer’s advice does not replace the advice from your Doctor or Paediatrician, and her advice should not be relied upon as medical advice. For medical advice, you should always seek the advice from your medical practitioner. Therefore, you should consult with your health-care professional should you have any healthcare related questions or before embarking on a new sleep program. If a medical problem appears or persists, do not disregard or delay seeking medical advice from doctor. Accordingly, Jennifer expressly disclaims any liability, loss, damage, or injury caused by information provided to the client.

Jennifer will educate, support you and guide you through the sleep challenges needed to make change in your baby’s sleeping habits. As a Baby Sleep Consultant, Jennifer is not responsible for your application of the sleep solutions once the consultation has concluded. Once the sleep consultation has concluded it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to apply the agreed methods and solutions. Jennifer has an extremely high success rate, however, the success of Jennifer solutions is in the hands of the parents’ commitment & perseverance once the sleep consultation has ended; therefore Jennifer cannot make any guarantees of success. However, Jennifer will use her best endeavours to support you until the desired result has been achieved.

  • I agree to check with my healthcare provider/doctor if my baby has any medical conditions, which prevent them from being trained safely.
  • I agree to follow safe sleeping practices in line with SIDS recommendations (https://rednose.org.au/article/what-is-a-safe-sleeping-environment).
  • I agree to disclose any medical conditions to Jennifer, which my baby has or has had previously.
  • I understand that my customised baby sleep program is meant for my baby only and should not be shared with a third party. I acknowledge the information might not be suitable for another baby.
  • Any changes I make to my baby’s sleeping or eating arrangements are my decision and Jennifer will only make suggestions for change, of which I am responsible for choosing to implement.
  • It is my responsibility to contact Jennifer for my follow up support and send the sleep log information through to be assessed for feedback as frequently as suggested.


In-Home Cancellation Policy
To confirm any In-Home Program, the client will be required to pay a 25% non-refundable deposit to secure the booking. The remaining amount of the In-Home Program will be required to be paid on the day after Jennifer leaves your home. Any cancellations barring medical or other emergencies will forfeit the deposit. If  you cancel less than 48 hours before the scheduled visit, the full amount will be required, unless Jennifer can backfill your place with someone on the waiting list.

If your baby is a little under the weather and does not have a temperature, the program can generally proceed as planned. If your baby is sick with a temperature or has been diagnosed with a medical condition by a doctor, the program will be postponed until your baby is better. A doctors certificate may be requested.

Remote Program/Phone Consultation
To confirm the Remote Program or Phone Consultation Jennifer will be required to be paid in full before sleep plans are constructed and the phone consultation takes place.

Remote Program Cancellation policy
The Remote Program and Phone Consultations are non-refundable after the start of sleep work (i.e. when any sleep advice has been delivered to the client via email, text, phone).

Acts of God or suspected medical conditions
If an act of God, such as a fire, flood, earthquake or other natural calamity shall cause you to cancel the sleep services, Jennifer will require payment only for the time actually spent sleep consulting. 

If during the In Home program, Jennifer feels the consultation should cease due to an underlying or undisclosed medical condition, Jennifer will require payment only for the time actually spent in your home. In this case, to keep the situation fair on both parties, the hourly rate is reduced down from the normal sleep consulting fees (as per the program booked) and charged at $50ph. 

Doctor’s appointment
Jennifer requests that every client has an appointment with their doctor to ensure their baby is developmentally on track and fit for sleep training. Written medical approval may be requested for certain circumstances.

Within 25km from Bondi Beach. An additional fee of $25ph travelled will be charged if travel is over 25kms.

As the client, you knowingly and voluntarily agree to waive and release Jennifer from any and all claims of liability or demands for compensation that you may acquire during the time working with Jennifer.

By checking this Agreement, you agree to the terms and conditions detailed within.