Contented Sleep For Your New Baby



ContentID sleep for your new baby with child sleep specialist Andrea grace sleep is hugely important for babies in order that they grow and a well-equipped to play and to learn it's also one of life's most simple pleasures if your baby's not sleeping well why don't you follow these simple guidelines and combine them with your own instinct and soon you should be having much more peaceful nights step 1 establish feeding in the early weeks sleep is very closely associated and dependent on feeding when she's really tiny your new baby will tend to live life in a milky dosey state it is quite usual and absolutely fine to feed her every 2 or 3 hours little babies like to take their time over their feeds and it's not at all unusual for a baby to spend an hour or more over one breastfeed and if you are bottle feeding do not necessarily expect a newborn baby to glog down a bottle of milk like a baby lamb if your baby wants to take her time let her go at her own pace there is a trend these days to put even very new babies on to quite a strict schedule this puts a lot of pressure on parents and it can even lead to your new baby feeling quite unsettled and even fretful the fact is that if you're breastfeeding you have to feed on demand for the first six to eight weeks in order to establish your supply of milk equally many bottle fed babies when they're tiny will need to feed little and often my advice is to go with the flow and for the first couple of months respond lovingly to your new baby's own internal feeding timetable after the age of eight weeks when your baby is stronger feeding has become nicely established and provided she's gaining weight you can begin to lengthen the period between feeds at this stage you can consider aiming for a three to four hour early feeding schedule but remember this is not the law of the land if you feel that your baby is hungry then feed her don't worry you're not spoiling her step to building a trusting relationship bonding is a word that seems rather old-fashioned these days it seems now that there's so much pressure put on new parents to establish a very strict feeding and sleeping schedule with a new baby that actually time taken just to hold your baby and be with your baby can seem almost like an overindulgence in the first few weeks your baby needs cuddles don't forget that until very recently she was held firmly in the warmth and comfort of the inside of your body the last thing she needs is to be left on her own and left to cry in an effort to sleep-train her in these early weeks comforting you baby when she's crying by rocking her in your arms will not lead into bad habits holding your baby close to you for long periods is a lovely thing to do and it will lay the foundations for a trusting loving relationship some babies need to be rocked to sleep if your baby is one of them you should only allow this in the early weeks the time for teaching a baby how to settle to sleep by herself it's from about eight weeks old step3 create the perfect sleeping environment even when a baby is very small she will recognize different levels of light and noise which eventually set her internal body clock you can help this process along by deliberately emphasizing the difference between night and day keep her cot in your room keep her warm and cozy but avoid overheating her room temperatures should be around 18 degrees Celsius don't overfill the cot with toys just one or two safe familiar objects are all that is needed step 4 start a bedtime routine the single most effective thing that you can do to help your baby sleep through the night is to establish a really good bedtime routine what this does is it provides a series of steps leading up to bedtime that are familiar and begin to act as mini sleep triggers begin your routine shortly before you know your baby is ready for sleep take everything that you need for the night with you to avoid having to come back into the living area follow a familiar bedtime script by using similar phrases and actions at key points during the routine bath every night unless there are genuine reasons why you can't sing the same action song in the bath each night go directly to your baby's sleep room after the bath put her in a clean nappy have a bedtime milk feed take time for a story or goodnight song then into the cot awake but sleepy to settle for the night step 5 teach your baby how to sleep independently from around the age of 8 weeks if you are confident that your baby is feeding well and is gaining weight nicely you should try putting her into her cot for sleep while she's still awake if she has a tendency to feed and sleep at the same time this may mean that you have to begin to limit the duration of feeds now similarly if your baby has been used to being rocked to sleep in your arms it is at about this age that you need to teach her a little independence here's how you do it follow a consistent bedtime routine place your baby into her cot when you know that she is tired stay beside her to soothe or Pat her until she goes to sleep do not be afraid of her crying she knows that you are with her and she doesn't feel abandoned after a night or two of developing her sleep skills with you very close beside her you need to gradually withdraw begin this by no longer touching her then move away from the cot but still remain in the room with her finally leave the room and if she cries go back frequently to reassure and resettle her but do not stay beside her as she goes to sleep if she's just fussing you should allow her to settle to sleep by herself so by working with your baby's natural inbuilt ability to sleep through the night and by applying a few simple rules you can avoid subjecting your baby to any harsh sleep training techniques you

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