Tweddle on House of Wellness

More than a Sleep School to Thousands of Parents

More than a Sleep School to Thousands of Parents

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Tweddle might be renowned as a 100+ year old Sleep School but we are so much more than that, as illustrated by this Tweddle ‘Baby Sleep’ profile on Channel 7’s House of Wellness.

Parents Laura and Chris who are interviewed in the segment, talk about how their early parenting journey was taken off course by anxiety, unmet expectations of parenting and exhaustion, and how they came to Tweddle.

Laura said that the early months had been very challenging as they worked through her birth trauma, difficulties with breastfeeding, some personal losses in the family and perinatal mental health challenges.

“In early 2020 we reached out to Tweddle for support with Celeste’s sleeping. Celeste was taking a long time to settle in the evenings, waking often in the evening and having very short naps in the day.”

“My anxiety was through the roof, my husband and I were arguing often, I was frequently in tears and attempts to improve our daughter’s settling through strategies imparted to us from a private sleep consultant were not working for anyone. We were all distressed, tired and in need of help.”

“The support we received at day stay was really good, but it was far too short. The staff picked up very quickly that my levels of distress were high and fast tracked a referral to residential stay. In a matter of weeks we were heading in to attend a 4 night stay.”

Laura added that their residential stay was during the early stages of the pandemic and that they received excellent care despite alterations needing to be made to service provision to make it COVID-safe. They found the staff  knowledgeable and nurturing.

“We were there to learn how to settle Celeste, but got so much more – improved parenting confidence, the ability to be able to go with our baby, letting go of some anxiety and feelings of failure linked to my daughter’s sleep and a flexible routine based on watching our baby’s tired signs not the clock.”

“My husband and I began trusting one another and ourselves more and together were able to make improved and collaborative attempts at settling Celeste. When it didn’t work, we worried less, tried to take it less personally and just moved on with the day.”

We came to Tweddle expecting a sleep school, and gained so much more. We got wrapped with care and support, like a physically distanced hug. Our whole family unit benefited, and we are so grateful to have been able to access such a fantastic public health service, even in the midst of a global pandemic. I wouldn’t hesitate to get back in touch if we found ourselves requiring more help again, and am very quick to let other mums and dads in distress know about the fantastic services offered by Tweddle.

We thank parents Laura and Chris, House of Wellness and Tweddle’s Sleep Play Bond parents for participating in this wonderful segment on Sleep. It illustrates the importance of early intervention and prevention and specialist sleep and mental health services like Tweddle. These services are crucial to getting a healthy start in life for babies, toddlers and their families.

Tweddle might be renown as a 100+ year old Sleep School but we are so much more than that, as illustrated in this wonderful story. Tweddle supports parents and carers of babies and toddlers to strengthen attachment, read their child’s cues, build parenting skills and confidence and connect with community.

 

Tweddle on House of Wellness
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