Share 10 ways to help your baby settle to sleep Every baby needs a little help to get to sleep sometimes. But until someone invents one note to scientists: A newborn baby sleeps around hours day not necessarily at night, sadly , falling a bit to around 15 hours at three months. Run through a mental checklist of what else might be wrong: Do they need a nappy change?
Keep stroking their cheek if you need to. Try swaddling Newborns can feel more secure when swaddled — either with a sheet or light blanket or using a shop-bought product.
Stroke their nose It sounds a bit mad, but a gentle stroking motion — downwards from between the eyes — can relax them and encourage them to close their eyes. This is the time to take them out of a stimulating environment to a calmer one and let them sleep. You could ask your pharmacist about saline nasal drops, but in the meantime try slightly raising the head end of their cot either by putting a couple of books under the legs or with a small rolled up towel under the mattress.
Your baby will be getting more of their hour daily sleep needs at night now fingers crossed. Make as little eye contact as possible so they settle back to sleep quickly. It also means they are learning to go to sleep without you there. This really helps some babies to settle.
Then retreat, and do it again if necessary. Leave longer gaps between each session until they hopefully settle.
But careful study of the baby airway has shown babies placed to sleep on their backs are less likely to choke on vomit than when on their stomach. It also helps to interact lots during the day talking, smiling but to avoid interaction during the night — even when changing nappies.
Some babies get their first teeth and four or five months, and they can cause real irritation and discomfort. Try massaging their face around the jawline and under the chin to soothe it, or try a teething gel.
Some babies will only settle for a feed, though. Watch out for the tog rating. Keep things the same This is a great time to create a few bedtime habits. Sleep experts say it should last about half an hour — no more than 45 minutes — and take place calmly in the bedroom and bathroom.
What you do is up to you but it could include: Your baby needs around hours of sleep a day now, with around three naps totalling three hours at six months old, probably falling to two naps totalling and a half hours at a year old. Put your baby down awake Hopefully they'll be drowsy and relaxed but awake when you put them down to sleep. Trouble is, babies of this age are usually shattered by bedtime and often fall asleep feeding. To avoid this, try feeding slightly earlier and have a story last thing before putting your baby down.
Rocking Try not get into the habit of rocking your baby to sleep every night if you can help it: Try to stick to what you normally do. If they have trouble settling, always go back in because it will reassure them, but try not to pick them up.
Keep it quiet, calm and reassuring, gradually increasing the time between visits. Obviously you are always going to feed a hungry baby!
Teething Babies of this age are in a major teething zone: View our range of teethers at Bountyboutique. So their standing up, holding on to the bars of the cot for dear life and crying. Go in, settle the, back down quickly, kiss them good night and retreat fast. Keep doing it every time, while trying to stay calm.
Remind yourself this is a short phase that will pass. During the day try playing games to teach them to get down from standing. Time to move rooms?
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