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.

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 Tweddle’s App and Videos, online books, activities and parenting helplines.

Sleep, Settling and Cues

 List of tired signs/cues in babies and toddlers

Ellen Barron Family Centre – Responsive Settling including Settling, Hands On Settling, Comfort Settling and Toddler Settling

Sleep and settling help for babies and toddlers

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

Patting settling technique to help babies sleep

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

Newborns: sleep, settling & routines

Get reliable information and tips on newborn sleep routines, feed-sleep schedules, techniques to help newborns settle to sleep and more.

Settling babies for sleep: tips and strategies

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

Babies: sleep, settling & routines

Get reliable information on baby sleep routines, independent sleep for babies, wrapping, dummies, night weaning and more.

Baby waking and settling problems: causes

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

Toddlers: better sleep & settling

Get reliable information on better sleep and settling for toddlers, plus articles on sleep routines while travelling and night weaning.

Camping out: baby and child sleep strategy

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

Bedtime and Settling routines for babies and toddlers

Feed Play Sleep Routine
Feeding, Nutrition and Sterilising

If & When to Bottle Feed / Breastmilk by Bottle, Cleaning & Sterilising Bottles

Good Nutrition for Babies and Toddlers

Do I wake my baby for feeds?

Nutrition and fitness for toddlers

Breastfeeding

Australian Breastfeeding Association Helpline  1800 686 268

Australian Breastfeeding Association Information

Positioning and attachment information:

Baby-led attachment video 

Baby-led attachment video

Breastfeeding Positions in pictures

How to breastfeed – written information

Expressing breastmilk – PDF

Breastfeeding –  your baby booklet

Indoor activities and online books

Indoor activities for toddlers

100+ indoor activities for children

Free online books for babies and toddlers

More free online books for babies and toddlers

Even more free books online

Free online audio book library

Mental Health Support

Tools for managing worries during COVID-19

Managing parenting stress

Strategies for managing stress and anxiety

Children’s Health & Development

Royal Children’s Hospital – Fact Sheets by category

Serve and Return – brain building for babies and toddlers

Translated Resources

https://healthtranslations.vic.gov.au/

https://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/publications

Autism & Additional Needs

https://www.amaze.org.au/support/resources/

https://raisingchildren.net.au/autism/ndis/services-support/disability-services

https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/how-can-we-help

Help Lines

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

Relationships Australia

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

Dads Information Centre

Parenting Videos – Raising Children Network

Tweddle Parenting Tip Sheets

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.

Student Projects & Resources

Seasonal Play Brochure Tweddle 2019 Jade Cabraja and Lauren Caulfield 

Food pouch booklet Tweddle 2019 Stephanie Mackinnon and Ween Min Kang 

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