Sleeping tips . . . for baby, not for you
Complete darkness is required for both naps and the night time sleep, especially in summer, as even a small amount of light, as much as comes from a baby monitor, can be a distraction. For this reason, blackout blinds are a must.
A soother is not on the blacklist of sleep coach Berit Andersen, but she encourages parents to use a “blankie” or soft cuddly toy instead, which not only provides comfort but the baby can suck on it and get it into his mouth if he wakes in the middle of the night.
She encourages holding this while the baby is feeding so he can develop an attachment to it. There are many items that are marked as safe from birth.
Breakfast should be given in a bright, naturally well-lit area of the house in order to reset the body clock.
In order to “fill baby up”, the baby’s mum or dad should talk to their little one as much as possible, explaining what they are doing: “I’m going to change your nappy now”; “Look at you kicking your little legs”; “Are you putting your little toes in your mouth?” This helps create positive attachments.
A good bedtime routine is paramount. It can be as simple as having a bath or a hands and face wash, a story and a bottle or breastfeed before bed.
Laughter is encouraged before bed, something parents might find counterintuitive, preferring their babies to “wind down” before sleep. But it helps to create one more positive attachment just before bed.
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