How curious is your baby?
“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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