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