TRIED & TESTED STRATE­GIES

NOT SURE WHAT KIND OF SLEEP ROU­TINE YOU WANT TO FOL­LOW? READ ON FOR A ROUGH GUIDE TO FOUR OF THE MOST POP­U­LAR STRATE­GIES

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Can baby ad­vice books be harm­ful?

One UK study found 53 per cent of moth­ers felt more anx­ious and de­pressed af­ter read­ing them and one in six ac­tu­ally re­ported feel­ing like a fail­ure if the book’s ad­vice didn’t work for their baby. Keep in mind that while baby books of­fer a wealth of ideas to try out, none should be taken as gospel. There are as many “right” ways to do things as there are ba­bies un­der the sun.

A help­ing hand?

If all else fails, and Plun­ket­line (0800 933 922) isn’t able to help, you might con­sider get­ting a sleep con­sul­tant or a night nanny. They help par­ents with feed­ing, bathing and get­ting your in­fant down so you can get a good night’s sleep. Un­sur­pris­ingly, it’s big busi­ness. Of course, nei­ther op­tion is cheap, but des­per­ate par­ents tend to have deep pock­ets. Rates go from $200 to per­haps $600 for just one overnight con­sul­ta­tion. Re­mem­ber, fi­nally, that if you take good care of your child and love them un­con­di­tion­ally, it’ll al­most cer­tainly all be al­right in the end. Even if you do many things “wrong”, by two years old, most chil­dren will be sleep­ing soundly through the night.

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