Sleep

It’s completely normal for a baby to wake during the night in their first year. Ensuring your baby gets the right amount of sleep during the day is vital, as too much sleep will keep them up at night.

Signs of Tiredness to watch out for include:
  • Pulling at ears
  • Closing fists
  • Fluttering eyelids
  • Arching backwards
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Jerky arm/leg movements
  • Yawning
  • A worried look
  • Sucking on fingers
When and how do you introduce a routine?

A very gentle way to do things is to allow your baby to fall naturally into their own sleep pattern. Letting your baby take the lead is important especially if you are breastfeeding. Some however need some kind of structure to follow. There has been a recent surge in popularity in a strict, regimented approach to feeding and sleeping where you ‘train’ your baby to sleep at certain times by letting them cry until they they fall asleep. This can be stressful to implement and many have raised concerns over the emotional impact of leaving a baby to cry. These kinds of routines can be quite restrictive as they don’t offer much flexibility in other parts of your life.

The main thing to think about is consistency. Once you’ve chosen a pattern that works for you, you should stick to it.

Make bedtime enjoyable

This creates a calm, stress-free environment so that your baby will think of sleep as a pleasurable experience. You could try include:

  • A warm bath
  • Lots of Cuddles
  • Bedtime Stories
  • A bedtime game
  • Music – songs which are only played at bedtime

Make your baby’s bedroom a nice place to sleep. Make sure it’s a comfortable temperature, quiet and dark. Look after yourself as well. Keep repeating this comforting mantra: ‘This too shall pass’.

Don’t let your baby sleep in your bed if anyone else in the bed:
  • is a smoker
  • has drunk alcohol or taken drugs
  • is excessively tired or has taken medication which makes sleep more heavily.

 

maternity & infant

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