Until, one day, we find ourselves in a bit of a frazzle, up all night, rocking and bouncing, running through the list of “what have we changed and why is this happening?” scenarios.
Healthy sleep habits are a learnt behaviour and practice is essential.
To start we need to lay a foundation for healthy sleep and that involves the introduction of sleep hygiene, this in short means that we are going to create a safe sleep environment that promotes the best possible sleep a baby can achieve at any given time.
Good sleep hygiene consists of:
- A firm breathable baby mattress in cot, bassinet or bedside co-sleeper
- no loose blankets, sheets or toys in the cot until 6months plus
- no cot bumpers – even the “breathable”
- No bed sharing as this can cause suffocation, overheating and becoming wedged/crushed
- Room sharing – IS recommend for babies up till 1 yrs. This will automatically sync parents sleep patterns with your baby. Closeness and bonding can be achieved through room sharing in a safe and controlled manner.
Tiny baby routines should not depend on a minute by minute timer however on a predictable series of events in order to satisfy your baby’s instinctive need for consistency in order to feel safe and secure.
- Introduce a wind down cuddle before each nap. Give lots of hands on attention letting baby know they are safe, loved and never alone.
- A firm swaddle can do wonders to calm an over stimulated baby. Yes they may fight it however, once the sympathetic nervous system has calmed down through the deep pressure of the swaddle, baby will become calm and actually enjoy the swaddle for many weeks to come. YayBaby have stock of both flat and fitted swaddled perfect for the first couple of weeks when swaddling is greatly needed in order to calm that sympathetic nervous system.
- White noise is a great way to keep newborn babies sleep environment consistent. As baby wakes through their sleep cycles the sound of the white noise will ease baby back to sleep. In fact, white noise can be used all the way up until a year.
- An absolute must in newborn sleep is to support them while learning how to sleep in their own cots. The trick is to rock or hold them until they are drowsy but awake and only then placing them into the cot. This is where most new parents walk away and baby wakes. The trick here is to pat baby gently off to sleep. This can take as long as 20 minutes to start, however as baby becomes familiar and confident within the consistency of the nap routine will shorten considerably.
- Keeping babies awake for too long between naps which directly affect the duration of sleep in a negative way
- Allowing baby to cat nap which never really gives the restorative sleep that their growing bodies critically need
- A too busy environment causing overstimulation
- Lack of sleep hygiene and proper parental support
- A dysfunctional/ unpredictable routine
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.Nicci Proome is a certified Montessori directress, infant stimulation specialist, pediatric sleep consultant and safe sleep ambassador. She is passionate about empowering new and old parents striving towards being the best possible parents they can be through education, workshops and one on one mentoring.
We are proudly stocking some of Bedtime Baby Bliss' incredible sleep aids and soothers, including the Duudims Comforter, Baby Burrito Swaddle and her gorgeous (light weight, 4 way cotton stretch) arms up swaddle (SWAG).
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