IN­TRO­DUCE A GEN­TLE ROU­TINE

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Expert Advice -

“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

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