Parent Info Hub
Early Parenting Support, Videos, Links and Activities During Isolation
There are currently thousands of mums, dads and carers in Australia (and the world) in isolation with their babies and toddlers. During this time, babies and toddlers not only need to feel safe and secure, but parents need to be reassured and have questions relating to their children answered by a trustworthy source.
In addition to Tweddle’s ‘Parenting Babies and Toddlers’ App available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store, Tweddle has gathered the following links to help with everything from sleep and settling issues, feeding, nutrition and weaning concerns, mental health and relationships issues, maintaining your child’s social, emotional and physical development, through to translated health resources and special needs supports.
We have also included links to our Sleep Play Bond videos and online books, activities and parenting helplines.
Sleep, Settling and Cues
Having problems with toddler and baby sleep and settling? Read how professionals can help with baby sleep, and find out where to get the help you need. Suitable for: 6 months-3½ years
Need help with settling baby? Try patting settling. It’s a hands-on settling technique that involves gentle, rhythmic patting to help baby settle for sleep. Suitable for: 0-18 months
Get reliable information and tips on newborn sleep routines, feed-sleep schedules, techniques to help newborns settle to sleep and more.
See how to settle babies by rocking, patting, singing, walking and more. If you try different baby sleep and settling strategies, you’ll find one that works. Suitable for: 0-6 months
Get reliable information on baby sleep routines, independent sleep for babies, wrapping, dummies, night weaning and more.
Problems settling baby and getting baby to sleep? If you know what causes baby settling and sleep problems, you can work out what to do. Read more. Suitable for: 6-18 months
Get reliable information on better sleep and settling for toddlers, plus articles on sleep routines while travelling and night weaning.
Problems with baby sleep and settling, or toddler waking? The camping out baby sleep strategy gradually reduces the settling help your child needs. Read how. Suitable for: 6-18 months
Feeding, Nutrition and Sterilising
Homemade baby food in pictures
Australian Breastfeeding Association Helpline 1800 686 268
Positioning and attachment information:
Indoor activities and online books
Baby bounce are fun, interactive stories, song & rhyme sessions every Thurs & Sat at 9.30am from the State Library of Victoria. You can watch the session from a video link displayed at the start of the event or check back in to hear some of your favourite songs & rhymes.
Mental Health Support
A quick mindfulness exercise:
- Inhale Deeping through your nose, expanding your stomach, for count of four
- Hold in that breath for a count of four
- Slowly exhale all in the air through your mouth, contracting your stomach, for the count of four
- Hold the empty breath for a count of four
- RepeatFocus on your breath. When your mind wanders, as it will do, just bring your attention back to your breath. You might like to say ‘thinking’ when you notice your thoughts and just gently shepherd your attention back to your breath.
Children’s Health & Development
Autism & Additional Needs
Parentline 13 22 89
The Maternal and Child Health Line 13 22 29
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 (online chat online)
LifeLine 13 11 14
PANDA 1300 726 306
Parenting Babies & Toddlers – App
Tweddle’s Parenting Babies & Toddlers App is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store by searching ‘Tweddle’. The App offers support and information around 7 critical themes, Sleep and Settling, Crying Babies, Mental Health & Mindfulness, Attachment, Brain Development, Adjusting to Parenthood and Fatherhood. Tweddle thanks the Collier Charitable Fund, Dreamwalk App Developers and the Raising Children Network for supporting Tweddle’s Apps4Attachment project.
Tweddle’s Sleep Play Bond video series
Tweddle has developed three 8 minute videos that explain how parenting brings together a range of everyday moments to provide the foundation for good mental health throughout life. The videos cover; Sleep – How feeling secure helps your child to sleep, Play – Helping to build your child’s brain through activities, Bond – Developing secure attachment through everyday moments. Thank you to staff and families who participated, and to the State Trustees Australia Foundation and Lifebuoy Video for supporting this educational series.
The Sleep Play Bond series uses evidence based research and the extensive clinical experience of Tweddle to highlight the importance of a loving attachment relationship with the primary carer in an infant’s brain development, including their social, emotional and cognitive development. While this scientific research is well known by health professionals and academics, the videos provides a practical and easy to understand application for parents in the early years.
Sleep Play Bond – Sleep
Sleep Play Bond – Play
Sleep Play Bond – Bond
It is important to consult a health professional if you or your child are feeling unwell or you feel you aren’t coping as well as you’d like. Call your GP or the following numbers:
- Tweddle 9689 1577 (9-5pm M-F)
- Maternal & Child Health Line 13 22 29 (24/7)
- LifeLine 13 11 14 (24/7)
- MensLine 1300 78 99 78 (24/7)
- PANDA 1300 726 306 (9am – 7.30pm M-F)
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 (24/7)
Tweddle Parenting Resources
Tweddle also provides affordable telephone consultations across Australia, residential programs, day stay programs and in-home support.
Circle of Security resources
The following Circle of Security ‘Being-with and Shark Music’ video helps parents to explore how uncomfortable feelings left over from experiences from their own past can influence their current relationship with their child and the way they think and feel about parenting.
Occupational Therapy Student Booklets
Tweddle provide placements for Maternal & Child Health Nurse students, Social Work students and Occupational Therapy students. Many of the students work on projects which provide family friendly information on community facilities, seasonal play activities, baby food and nutrition, sensory play, family violence and staff photo projects.