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- During the day wake a sleeping baby to feed
- Lie down to feed your baby and rest with her
- Consider day time routine – is it too busy for both of you?
- Check your posture, are you relaxed, shoulders down?
- Healthy diet – drink less caffeine
- Bath baby during the evening if baby enjoys it and helps you all relax
- Go to bed early
- Keep lights low at night
- Don’t change nappies at night unless dirty
- For the first 2 weeks a newborn does not know they are no longer in the womb, where they were fed and held all the time and slept when they chose to. This is why baby love being in baby carriers (slings and wraps)
- Newborns sleep 16-17 hours per 24 hour period
- A newborn does not know the difference between night and day
- Babies move progressively through different phases of sleep
- Newborns enter REM sleep immediately upon falling asleep and move from deep to light sleep in cycles of 20 minutes.
From 2 months
Babies have the ability to soothe themselves back to sleep
At 3 months
Babies enter non REM sleep first, a pattern that will continue for the rest of her life.
70% are said to sleep from midnight until 5 am.
At 6 months
- Babies may sleep 13-14 hours during 24 hours
- 85% of babies are said to sleep from 12 until 5 am
- Almost all infants are physiologically capable of sleeping through the night
Tips to get baby sleep in their crib
- Remove bottle or nipple as they drop off but before deep sleep
- Gently hold their chin to slow down sucking reflex
- Transfer them to crib whilst sleepy not fast asleep, they will then not be afraid when they wake up alone
Set up a night time routine
- Keep things calm and quiet
- Read and/or sing to your baby
Find a phrase or a few words that will signal sleep, be it
- sleep time now
- time to close your eyes
and use your phrase every night
Facts taken from:
- Practical Parenting: Sleep by Siobhan Stirling (2003)
- Guidance books: the no-cry sleep solution by Elizabeth Pantley (USA 2002)
- Baby carriers, the facts – www.schoolofbabywearing.com
- Evidence based websites:
Don’t worry if your baby’s first reaction to wrapping is to struggle against it. Swaddling may not instantly calm the fussiness but what it will do is restrain all that uncontrolled flailing so that your baby can pay attention to the next S’s you do which will switch the calming reflex on the guide your baby into sweet serenity!
The more upset your baby is, the unhappier she will be on her back. Rolling her onto her side or stomach is the way to go. Just this simple trick can sometimes activate a baby’s calming reflex within seconds.
Shushing crying babies magically make them feel at ease, like they were in the womb, but you’ve got to do it as loud as your baby’s crying and close to his ear or he won’t even notice it. Use this super-effective “S” to keep baby calm throughout this fussy period by enlisting the aid of a radio tuned to loud static, a tape recording of your hair dryer or a white noise machine (washing machine).
Like vigorous shushing, little jiggling movements can turn your baby from screams t sweet serenity in minutes or less. As you carefully support your baby’s head and neck, move baby’s upper body with quick but TINY movements, sort of like you’re shivering. Once entranced you can transfer baby’s wrapped body into a swing for continual, hypnotic motion (make sure the strap is between your baby’s wrapped legs, the swing is fully reclined and it’s set on the fastest speed).
This last “S” usually works best after you have already lead your little one into calmness wit the other “S’s”. Offering your breast, finger or a pacifier will be the icing on the cake of soothing. You can teach your baby to keep the pacifier in by using “reverse psychology” – the moment baby begins to suck on the pacifier, gently tug it as if you’re going to take it out. Baby will suck it in harder and soon will learn to keep it in his mouth even when cooing.