Supporting your baby and child’s sleep patterns and bedtimes during Daylight Savings isn’t always easy, babies and children can often wake earlier and get to sleep later as their bodies and minds adjust. Here are some tips you might find useful when daylight savings approaches:
In the week leading up to the clock moving forward with Daylight Saving, we encourage parents to begin settling their baby or child to bed slightly earlier each evening. This can be easier to manage than starting after Daylight Saving.
Plunket welcomes the Labour Party’s pre-election policy announcement of increased funding for more Plunket/Well Child Tamariki Ora health visits. “Plunket welcomes policies to increase support for families with young children, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances, from parties across the political spectrum,” said Plunket’s Chief Executive Amanda Malu. Plunket is the largest provider of the Ministry of Health’s Well Child Tamariki Ora service, with Plunket nurses and health-workers welcomed in to 9 in 10 homes with newborns in New Zealand.
Plunket says data analysed by the New Zealand Herald, which links poor housing with increasing numbers of children being hospitalized with preventable diseases, reflects what many Plunket nurses are seeing each and every day. “Plunket is welcomed in to 9 in 10 homes of families with newborns and our nurses and health workers regularly see young children getting sick time and again from illnesses caused by living in cold, damp, overcrowded housing,” said Plunket’s Chief Executive Amanda Malu. “Young children’s health and wellbeing is bearing the brunt of the housing crisis and this is an unacceptable cost.
Plunket has today launched an interview series that reveals the challenges and rewards of life as a Plunket nurse. The Making a Difference series is a feature of Plunket’s 1000 Days to Raise a Bundle fundraising campaign, which aims to promote awareness around the vital role that the charity plays in the first 1000 days of a child’s life. “The best research shows that what happens to a child in their first 1000 days will influence their entire life,” Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu says.