INTRODUCE A GENTLE ROUTINE
“Babies love routine and this can be encouraged very slowly and gently. Wake your baby around the same time each day – around 7am to 8am – and introduce an evening routine at the same time each night. Swaddle your baby and make the room dark. From about six to eight weeks onwards, I find some babies stop sleeping as well in a light room so I recommend putting them to sleep in a dark room day and night.
“If your baby is struggling to go off to sleep and crying, go through a checklist: Are they hungry? In pain? Do they have a wet or dirty nappy? Are they overtired or overstimulated? Do they need rocking or cuddles? Do they want to be close to mummy or daddy? (Hold, rock or pat until your baby settles – this is ok!)
“Use some white noise to help calm your baby and block out environmental noises that might disturb your baby from sleeping soundly. A warm bath each night can be the focus of a relaxing routine. It signals the end of the day and the start of the calming routine. If your baby enjoys it, I recommend massaging your child after the bath to relax muscles and improve sleep quality. Massage can also help with tummy pain and constipation.” Jodie Warburton, midwife and sleep consultant