Sleep­ing tips . . . for baby, not for you

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Health | Sleep -

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see fin­urlige­fam­i­

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