SHAR­LENE’S TOP TIPS FOR AVOID­ING THE ‘WITCH­ING HOUR’

Little Treasures - - BABY WHIS­PERER -

1 Cre­ate great sleep­ing and feed­ing prac­tices at the start and mid­dle of the day so that by the end of the day, your baby is not over-tired and un­able to feed or cope with di­ges­tion is­sues. 2 Post their three-week mile­stone, ba­bies do not nec­es­sar­ily re­quire the same amount of sleep over a 12-hour day. Usu­ally they need less in the af­ter­noon and evening, but more at the start and mid­dle of the day to be able to set­tle and sleep well in the evening. 3 Rest and eat well dur­ing the day, par­tic­u­larly when you are breast­feed­ing, so you can cope with the af­ter­noon and evening. 4 Look to see if your baby needs more guid­ance/rou­tine. They may not be nat­u­ral rou­tine mak­ers them­selves and you both may need more as­sis­tance to help get the bal­ance of the day right for their age and per­son­al­ity. 5 Limit out­ings and vis­i­tors in the first three to six weeks. Th­ese are the foun­da­tion weeks and the big­gest time of adap­tion for you both. 6 Trust your in­stincts. If your baby is unset­tled or seems like they are in pain, and you have tried rou­tine but it is not work­ing, seek help as it may take ask­ing more than one per­son to find the right so­lu­tion for you.

For more in­for­ma­tion and sup­port, talk to your mid­wife or Plun­ket nurse, or re­fer to my book, Baby Whis­per­ing, or visit sharlenepoole.com.

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