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Baby Sleep Preparation

Baby sleep preparation – either in pregnancy or with your new baby – can make a huge difference so you have a solid understanding of how babies sleep, how it can vary and how normal it is for babies not to sleep through the night. Baby sleep can be a huge concern and a very common topic of conversation with new parents who are tired, in need of more sleep and, often, are wondering what they are doing wrong. While they are a few things that can encourage sleep, it is very normal and to be expected for babies to wake frequently day and night. I work with expectant and new parents to focus on the reality of life with a new baby and how they can manage with less sleep. The truth is that there are no quick fixes with babies and acceptance goes along way! When it comes to baby sleep preparation, these things can be crucial… where possible, asking for and accepting help and support so you can rest plan for night-time …

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Baby Sleep Day on March 1

As March 1 is Baby Sleep Day, I thought I would share a few thoughts about babies and sleep. As a postnatal practitioner, baby sleep is a common subject among parents who are tired and keen to find solutions. On this baby sleep day, I would like to start by highlighting the issue of conflicting information and advice about baby sleep. Parents can be left feeling confused, exhausted and like they are failing. Some babies can sleep in chunks of a few hours and others will wake more for food, soothing and reassurance. The goal of sleeping through the night is always there but it is not based on a lot of science. Baby Sleep Tips Acceptance is important. If you can accept that your baby wakes up regularly you are in a better place to deal with it. It doesn’t necessarily make it easier but it probably means there is less battling. Babies are meant to wake at night. They have small stomachs and need regular feeds for calories and to prevent dehydration. With …

Baby Sleep

Every parent wants more sleep and the battle to get more can be all-consuming. As a practitioner who speaks to a lot of parents with babies, I know how varied and exhausting baby sleep – and the lack of it – can be. A huge issue with baby sleep is that our expectations can be set too high. While some babies can sleep for many hours, many cannot and that is totally normal. Expecting this and planning around it could make the biggest difference to stress levels and support. Baby sleep facts Newborns may only sleep for up to 2 hours at time By 3 months, some babies will sleep for longer periods. 47% will wake 3-4 times By 5 months, 50% babies will be able to sleep for 8 hours on some nights (but not necessarily in one block of sleep) At 6 months, 84% of babies will wake atleast once By 12 months, 73% babies can sleep for 8 hours on most nights (but not necessarily in one block of sleep) and 50% …

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baby sleep and being exhausted

Most days I see mums and babies and the range of sleep – or lack of it – varies so much. Some babies sleep most of the night, others sleep in chunks of a few hours and the rest are up every hour. No two babies are the same and this is why books can be frustrating because your baby might not match their sleep descriptions. The reasons why babies wake frequently can be down to hunger and thirst, needing reassurance, discomfort from wind, reflux or teething or just not knowing how to get themselves back to sleep when they wake up. Sleep can be affected with growth spurts and developmental leaps – which despite apps such as Wonder Weeks – can be unique to your baby. The 2 biggest developmental leaps for your baby are around 4 months and at about 8-10 months (when brain/physical development is happening) when sleep could be at its worst but I have been around enough babies to know that it does vary a great deal. Frequent night-wakings and …

Baby Sleep – and why it can be so tough

Baby sleep is a huge topic of conversation – both antenatally and postnatally. It comes up in conversations with expectant parents, who have concerns about how they are going to cope with lack of sleep, and it is a popular postnatal topic among tired parents, whose baby sleep issues are ongoing. Lack of sleep with a baby is the toughest thing to cope with for many reasons…*you are really tired*the days are long*it can feel like it is all on you*you may be feeling like you are getting something wrong*it can all feel very overwhelming and isolating*it can affect your mental health Baby sleep is a complicated issue – some babies sleep in longer chunks, and others wake more frequently. If there was a simple solution to this, we would all be doing it and it wouldn’t be an issue but a baby’s needs vary each day and sleep can easily be affected by growth spurts, needing food/comfort/reassurance, colds, teeth, reflux, wind, being uncomfortable, wanting to be near mum and just not being able to …