How cu­ri­ous is your baby?

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Special Report -

“Cu­ri­ous ba­bies will rip away the muslin

when you’re feed­ing them so they can peer out and see what’s go­ing on. They’re in­ter­ested in ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one and will fight sleep be­cause they don’t want to miss out – they need to be in the mix, ex­plor­ing ev­ery­thing, all the time,” ex­plains Ni­cole. “Sussed ba­bies take stuff in, but aren’t as both­ered by it, while calm ba­bies just go with the flow.”

Help your cu­ri­ous baby sleep bet­ter

Your cu­ri­ous baby will al­ways be in­ter­ested in what’s go­ing on around her – which is great, most of the time! “But the hard­est sleep is­sue with a cu­ri­ous baby is get­ting her to nap when you’re out and about, or per­suad­ing her to sleep at day­care, when she’s sur­rounded by other chil­dren,” says Ni­cole. “The an­swer is per­sis­tence, along with re­mov­ing as many stim­uli as pos­si­ble.

If you want her to sleep in the pram, cover

the open­ing with a thin, breath­able shade and re­move any dan­gly toys.”

At day­care, ask the staff to put your baby down for a nap at the same time ev­ery day. “When you’re at home, keep your baby’s bed­room a place for sleep, and not for play­ing in, so she doesn’t as­so­ci­ate it with play­time,” sug­gests Ni­cole. If she has sib­lings, they’ll also be a huge dis­trac­tion, so try and make the pe­riod be­fore sleep a calm, one-on-one pe­riod with you, so she re­laxes and can rest.”

A sooth­ing head-stroke works won­ders to set­tle a cu­ri­ous baby. As she lies in her cot, gently stroke her head about 100 times. Count softly aloud as you’re do­ing it. The com­bi­na­tion of a gen­tle, reg­u­lar touch for her to fo­cus her busy mind on, a soft, sooth­ing voice and the grow­ing fa­mil­iar­ity of the num­bers will soon be work­ing like magic!


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