Are you tired now, desperate for a good night’s sleep, and unsure how to help your baby? Did you know that your baby is not born with a natural inbuilt 24-hour clock.? You can read on but also click on my short video.

Developmentally, a baby’s biological clock (circadian rhythm) begins maturing at about six to nine weeks of age and does not work smoothly until about four to five months. They have two sleep states, active and inactive. You will notice your baby’s eyelids, fluttering, body movements, and even grunts in this state. In quiet, there is slower breathing.

As the cycle matures, the baby reaches a point where they are mostly awake during the day and primarily asleep during the night. On average most babies will need to feed up to three times a night before six months. This is because the baby’s tummies are tiny. So sleeping through the night is a myth.

Temperament can impact sleep; babies with “easy temperaments” seem to go to sleep earlier and wake less. Sleep is the first emotional separation for mummy and child, so they will naturally need to become accustomed to being on their own at night and progressive and gentle.

How much should my baby sleep? Check out the recently upgraded guidelines from the National Sleep Association.

  • Newborns (0-3) The range narrowed from 14-17 hours  ( previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants       (4-11) The range sleep range widened from two hours to 12-15 (previously, it was 12-14)

Here are some tips to help you now:

  •  Ensure that you have the basics and that your baby has a safe place to sleep. Safety and comfort are two musts for good sleep.
  • Help your baby to self-soothe, gently putting your child down, awake and quietly. Start with nursing, then rocking in a swing and having her near. Don’t rush stages. Be gentle; this gives time for the baby to adapt and feel safe.
  • Ensure your baby does not always fall asleep on the bottle or breast. Many parents pick up their children even when they are not hungry or are just making a noise.
  • Make sure their bedroom is a lovely cosy place, defining night and day. It is still essential for those who co-sleep as the baby needs more sleep than you do, and I know some moms who go to bed at 7 when their baby does.
  • If you choose co-sleeping, make sure the bed is safe for you and your baby. That means to ensure you are not getting stuck between mattresses and there is no risk of covers going over her head.
  • Always put your baby to sleep on her back to avoid the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Wishing you a good night’s sleep; if you are struggling, I work with babies from six months old. To book a consultation, click here>>>>

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