Little Treasures - - SLEEP -

1 Nap when baby naps or at least put your feet up. The chores can wait, or just do the most press­ing one.

2 ‘Up and down within the hour’ is a good rule of thumb for how long a baby should be awake in the first three months. Aim to feed, change nappy and en­joy some smiles and eye con­tact within that win­dow – then baby should be ready for an­other sleep.

3 If you choose cry­ing it out, buy a cheap video mon­i­tor to keep an eye on baby.

4 Con­sider one par­ent sleep­ing in an­other room

dur­ing the week so that at least one gets a good night’s sleep.

5 If you have a trig­ger-hair sleeper, con­sider a swing ham­mock for naps, es­pe­cially one with a stand­alone frame – it costs more but saves you los­ing a door­way.

6 If you’re of a cul­ture that stays up late, a dif­fer­ent sched­ule can work. Your rou­tine only has to work for you.

7 When all else fails, car rides and long pushchair walks are great sleep trig­gers.

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