5 top tips to help your baby sleep better, deeper and longer
How are you feeling?
Are you feeling stressed? Exhausted? Confused? Tired? So damn tired that you’re simply tired of being tired? Just wanting a good nights sleep for you and your baby? Let me show you how easy it can be to help your baby learn positive sleep associations while being sensitive to your child’s emotional, social and cognitive development. For 20 years, I have worked with over 10,000 parents and babies, sharing techniques that empower you to lovingly support your baby to learn self-settling skills and onto a positive routine that supports you, them, your relationship and leads to a happy, secure, confident baby and parent bond.
Consistent Start time and End time to your day
Aim to start your day at around the same time every day and finish your day at around the same time every day. Remember, ‘AROUND’ doesn’t need to be the exact time every day but try to keep to with a 1/2 hour window. I recommend between 6/7 am start and 6.30/7.30pm end but later or earlier might work better for your family.
Follow a Feed, Play, Sleep Routine
Aim to always feed soon after waking in the morning and after naps. If a top-up feed is required before a nap, make sure that it’s just a small top-up before a sleep and not part of the nap time routine. I recommend that you aim to offer the top-up feed at least 10 minutes before the nap time routine begins.
Have a consistent Day Nap Routine and Night Bedtime Routine
A bedtime routine repeated both day and night will create consistency and familiarity in the transitions from awake activities to sleep time. By having a strong bedtime routine for your little one, you help them learn that when mum/dad or anyone else does “XYZ”, that sleep is coming, and they will find it easier to fall asleep (see below for my sleep routines)
Falling asleep in their cot
Notice that I have recommended here that falling asleep in their cot is important -not self-settling. Although self-settling is our goal, initially, we want your baby to become familiar with the routine and the cot environment, feeling loved and supported. Aim to support your baby as much as necessary BUT as little as possible.
Try to do less – gradually.
Eat, sleep, rave, repeat – The more you do something, the more familiar it becomes and the more confident both you and your baby will be about your sleep routine and the flow of your day.