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Annemarie Sansom


Hi, my name is Annemarie and I am the Client Services director for Night Nannies. I use this blog as a way to give you tips and idea's in all areas of childcare and development.

Posted 06 September 10


We are looking to run the two specialist courses below in Sydney in October/November. If you are interested in attending one or both of these courses please reply by email with your name and location. Discounts will be provided for those who attend both courses.

Sleep Guidance Specialist Course and Dunstan Baby Language

SYDNEY Sat 30th Oct 2010 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: approx: $100

Sleep Guidance Specialist Course for Nannies and Child Care Workers This course is for Nannies and Child Care workers wanting to gain additional skills in Sleep Guidance with the ability to be able to provide consultations to families who are experiencing sleeping difficulties with their children.

This is a specialised day of training in how to make positive and effective changes with children’s sleeping patterns in Child Care Centres and home environments.

Manual and Certificate provided upon completion


The Dunstan Baby Language teaches you to hear exactly what your baby is communicating. As a Nanny, you will be able to interpret the infant’s sounds and cries – and respond to their needs quickly and This is a specialised day of training in how to make positive and effective changes effectively. Every newborn communicates from birth to 3 months using 5 distinct sounds that signal hunger, tiredness, need to burp, lower wind/gas and discomfort. This is regardless of the language their parents speak. It is not a learned language. Rather, it is a natural way for every baby to express their physical needs. The Dunstan System will teach you how to tune your ear to the 5 ‘words’, take you through settling solutions, and gives helpful advice for parents. It was eight years of research that revealed this system of sounds – the language that is shared by all babies. (You can complete further training to become an Educator).

More info here:

Cost: approx : $60 Sat 30th Oct 4pm-6.30pm McMahons Pt - North Sydney

enrol in both courses and receive a $20+ discount.

Posted 14 September 10

Laughter and breast milk

According to a new study, breastfed babies with eczema experienced milder symptoms if their mothers laughed hours before feeding them.

Breastfeeding mothers were shown either a Charlie Chaplin movie or weather information, and samples of their breast milk were taken at regular intervals afterwards.

Their babies" allergic reactions to dust mites and latex was also measured two milk feeds afterwards.

Infants whose mothers laughed had markedly reduced allergic reactions. There were also significantly higher levels of melatonin in the laughing mothers" milk.

Melatonin, which is associated with relaxation, tends to have reduced levels in people with eczema.

Journal of Psychosomatic Research June 2007;62(6):699-702 June 16, 2007

Dr. Mercola"s Comment:

Laughter is one of those simple joys in life that just feels good. And it"s good for you body, too -- in more ways than many may have realized as now you can add improving the quality of breast milk to its list of benefits.

So if you"re a breastfeeding mom, or a mom-to-be, keep in mind that laughter is not only good for you, but your baby too! Babies with eczema especially benefited in the study, but any baby will benefit from reduced allergic reactions.

We could all actually benefit from more laughter in our days. There is a mountain of research that demonstrates the beneficial effects that positive emotions can have on your health:

* A sunnier disposition can lengthen your life, regardless of your age, weight or smoking habits * Positive emotions can help you see life"s bigger picture * Laughter helps type 2 diabetics process sugar better * Laughter is good for your heart

If you open your mind to it, I suspect you"ll find plenty of reasons to laugh and smile today, even if you"re just going about your daily routine.

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