Cindy is a child and family health nurse, midwife and lactation consultant, and has worked in the early parenting field since 1998. She has a keen interest in the health and wellbeing of families and offers a sensible, response-based approach to help babies and children with sleep and associated early parenting problems. Cindy is based in Melbourne, Australia.
In this interview, we discuss how changing the language that we use when discussing sleep can change the mindset of parents, practitioners and educators from a negative to a positive.
Cindy explains how we should be aware of the different types of cries that babies and infant have and how these non-verbal communications can be vital to understanding children’s sleep needs. And, of course, Cindy has some great strategies for those times when sleep patterns change and we have to have new routines.
A big message during this interview is that consistency is absolutely key to ensuring that babies and infants sleep needs are understood and met – consistency between the childcare service or setting, parents and between practitioners and educators as well.