Jo has appeared on a host of television and radio shows as well as in print media.
Jo Ryan has appeared regularly on television, radio and in print media commenting on a host of issues related to babies’ sleep, settling and feeding. As a Registered Nurse for nearly 20 years and with a Masters in Public Health, Jo brings a unique perspective to the critical issues facing parents of new babies. For comment or interviews, please contact us or call 1300 166 940.
Watch Jo on Channel Seven’s Sunrise
Jo Ryan from Babybliss offers advice and tips on how to prevent your toddler or baby from sleeping in your bed, and why baby sleeping in your bed may not be good for the long term.
My Child, Winter 2007
HELPING HAND FOR MUMS, Sunday Telegraph (August 2004)
TWO THIRDS of women aged between the peak child-bearing years of 25 and 34 work full time and are better equipped to deal with their careers than with motherhood, according to parenting expert Jo Ryan.
As women continue to have children later in life, man find themselves struggling to cope with the demands of motherhood, such as unsettled babies, disturbed sleep, frequent feeds and nappy changes.
Ms Ryan, the founder of Babybliss, discovered this during 10 years as a nanny and pediatric nurse.
She realised a customised home service for parents was needed.
“Many new mothers aren’t confident of handling their babies once they leave the hospital,” she said.
“They’re used to being career women and having everything under control, but looking after a baby isn’t something you can learn from reading books.”
Babybliss works with mothers to help them develop the necessary skills to care for newborns.
First-time mum Sally Saxon sought Babybliss’s advice when she was having trouble settling her five-week-old daughter, Audrey.
“Thanks to Jo’s techniques, I now feel more confident, and Audrey in sleeping better.” she said.
Guiding Voice In A Time Of Need, Wentworth Courier (October 2004)
Juggling Act: Jo Ryan (left) with a more confident Sally Saxon and baby Audrey. FIRST TIME parents need their hands held too reports Josie Asher. Pregnancy is not an easy journey. For parents, nine months of highs and lows are just the beginning. Bellevue Hill-based Jo Ryan who is a registered nurse and nanny, has answered mums’ and dads’ cries for help. Since July 2004, her service Babybliss has visited family homes to educate, support, and advise parents on caring for a new baby. Her techniques for settling, feeding, sleeping, stimulating, and her advice for establishing routines, aim to make the difference between having a beautiful mother-baby experience and a stressful one. “Parenting is the hardest thing you could ever do,” Ms Ryan said. “One of the most rewarding things I do is give parents back their life.” Ms Ryan noticed that many career women, who are having babies later in life, find it hard when the journey into motherhood doesn’t go according to plan. “They are used to being in control, achieving and doing things well because they’ve worked hard,” Ms Ryan said. “But with babies there is no receipe to follow.” Newtown mother Sally Saxon was fortunate to have Ms Ryan stay with her for the first three nights at home with Audrey, now 11 weeks old. “Nothing could have prepared me for how hard it was,” said Ms Saxon. She observed and learned from Ms Ryan how to put Audrey to sleep. “When a baby is screaming, you don’t think it’s ever going to stop and naturally the mother will try to do everything to not let that happen,” she said. “So I think it’s easier for someone who’s not the mother. “It’s so helpful having someone there with you to take that stress off your shoulders and sometimes having your mother around isn’t the best thing.” The one-on-one nature of Babybliss allows Ms Ryan to get to know the parents and the baby, and work specifically to their needs. As sleep deprivation was making Ms Saxon less tolerant, Ms Ryan also taught the first-time mum how to establish an ideal yet healthy routine of feeding and sleeping times to gain as much sleeping time as possible. Now, Ms Ryan visits the Saxon home about once a week, but also gives advice over the phone. “Sometimes I’ll call Jo to ‘talk me through it one more time’,” Ms Saxon said. Ten years of caring for other people’s children has given Ms Ryan a taste of the advantages and disadvantages of being a parent but has not put her off having her own. “On one hand it’s good and on the other hand, you know what you’re in for,” she said. As for Ms Saxon, “I’d like to have another one,” she said. “It could never be as hard as the first one.”
Super Nanny meets the Baby Whisperer, Eyes Wide Open, (August 2005)
Australian entrepreneurial spirit delivers more sleep to new parents. We all draw inspiration from entrepreneurs who are willing to take the road less travelled and deliver new products and services that really benefit our community. In this article we showcase a company called Babybliss which was created because the owner, Jo Ryan, wanted to use her skills and knowledge to help new parents gain greater enjoyment from their new arrivals. Jo Ryan is the founder of a company called Babybliss which provides ‘in-house’ support and advise to parents on all aspects of baby and child care. The methods used by Babybliss have been developed by Jo over 20 years and cover settling, feeding, sleeping, stimulating, child care options and establishing routines. Babybliss offers a range of services from one-off consultations to the development and monitoring of routines, ongoing advice and telephone support. Jo also gives talks to Mothers’ Groups and has written articles for online parenting magazines. In the 14 months since Babybliss was launched, Jo has consulted with over 70 parents and has achieved a 100% success rate with her sleeping techniques. Clients of Babybliss include renowned food stylist Donna Hay, Marie Claire magazine editor Jackie Frank and Instyle editor Nicky Briger. “Jo helped me enormously with Angus,” said Donna Hay. “She advised me on weaning and settling at a time when I was finding it very hard to establish a routine that would allow me to eventually return to work. Jo continues to provide a wealth of information, advice and support to me even though Angus is nearly 2 years old and I look forward to getting her advice with my new baby.” Jo Ryan has a long history of working with children and their parents. A registered nurse for nearly 20 years, (many of those years spent working in paediatrics), she has also worked as a full-time, live-in and live-out nanny both in Australia and overseas. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Public Health, focusing on home visiting and support services for mothers. So, why did Jo decide to step out on her own and start Babybliss? “I wanted to do something I loved and that I felt was contributing to the community in a very positive way. I wanted to be in control of my career. Also I felt there was a HUGE gap that was begging to be filled.” My vision is to grow Babybliss to be the most reputable and well-known parenting support service in NSW and eventually Australia. I would like for all parents to be able to access our service in some way if they needed to. While there is obvious demand for the services of Babybliss, growth still has its challenges as Jo has identified. “We need to educate people about the value of our services. Babybliss is a professional consultancy not a baby sitting service. We continue to refine our marketing messages to ensure people understand what we do and our differentiation. Also time management and productivity is an issue that requires a lot of focus. It’s a people intensive business and profitability is directly impacted by our ability to manage time and interaction with families.” Jo Ryan and Babybliss provide an outstanding example of entrepreneurial spirit being engaged to the benefit of the community. We look forward to tracking her progress toward her vision.