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If baby wakes because of a middle-of-the-night blowout, keep the nappy change “business-like.” Don’t turn on too many lights, talk too much or play with baby. Set the precedent that this isn’t time for play or fun—it’s time to get back to sleep. Babies wake up briefly every hour at the end of each sleep cycle. One of the reasons that some babies sleep through the night is that they’ve learned how to fall asleep at bedtime and put themselves back to sleep during the night. Unfortunately for many bleary-eyed new parents out there who’ve struggled with a sleepless baby, there’s no way to prevent sleep regression. It’s a normal part of baby and toddlerhood. Baby is pretty sensitive to their environment, so adjust your thermostat to a sleep-friendly temp—for baby, that’s 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.Also, beware of overheating them with a ton of layers. Baby doesn’t need more than pajamas and a swaddle or sleep sack. Wake your child at the same time every day, and keep bedtimes consistent, too. While newborns go to bed notoriously late, an older baby’s ideal bedtime is probably earlier than you think; no later than 7 p.m. for babies age four months to two years, while 7:30 p.m. is the sweet spot for most kids. If you have a partner, ask them to help. If you’re formula feeding, encourage your partner to share the feeds. If you’re breastfeeding, ask your partner to take over the early morning changing and dressing so you can go back to sleep.
Hunger is a common reason babies wake during the night. Babies need to eat to grow, so it’s not healthy to try and change this need or retrain it. Even if you know that you just fed your baby a couple of hours earlier, check to see if food is what your little one needs. If your infant is past five months and is still waking during the night (between midnight and 6 A.M.), you should consider whether she might be waking because of one of these four common problems: She’s overexcited; Something’s bugging her (including hunger); She’s learned too many wrong habits and not enough good sleep cues; Your bedtime timing is off (it’s too early, too late, or too irregular). If you feel your eyelids getting heavy and your baby is asleep, turn off your mobile and shut your eyes and just see what happens. The washing and ironing can wait. You and your baby are your top priority and if you can’t function then it isn’t good for anyone. When adults sweat during sleep, they assume something’s wrong. When babies sweat during sleep, it’s often a sign that they’re sleeping deeply. While sweating is usually nothing to be alarmed about, make sure when you put your baby down to sleep that she’s not overdressed and that the room temperature is between 68 and 72 degrees. Having a baby is a steep learning curve and aspects such as ferber method come along and shake things up just when you’re not expecting them.
A bedtime routine under 30 minutes is ideal because it encourages baby to go to bed and easily fall asleep. If the routine lasts longer than that or becomes too elaborate, babies wind up rather than settle down. Try the ‘hands-on settling technique’ and, as your baby calms or falls asleep, move away from the cot or leave the room. If your baby starts to become distressed, return and continue to comfort your baby using patting and calming sounds before moving away or leaving the room again. Some babies may need you to stay in the room until they are asleep. If you have a baby that has suffered with colic or reflux, their digestion can be an issue which can irritate and cause tension for them when trying to sleep. Baby massage can aid baby digestion therefore easing them to sleep. Two biological aspects drive sleep: circadian rhythm (our natural tendency to sleep when it’s dark, spurred by the release of melatonin hormones) and sleep pressure (which builds while we are awake). Normally, pressure builds during the day, your baby goes off to dreamland, and when the pressure subsides, circadian rhythm and melatonin take over. A split night results when these two drivers stop working in sync. If your baby cries because she’s hungry or wet, that’s understandable, but waking up in the middle of the night because she can’t find her pacifier is frustrating for all. You can teach her to find it on her own. Whether its something specific like gentle sleep training or really anything baby sleep related, a baby sleep consultant can guide you to find a sleep solution as individual as your baby is.
To help your baby establish a healthy circadian rhythm, start by making sure your baby gets plenty of daylight and stimulation during the day. While young infants need several naps during the daytime, you can experiment to find a napping schedule that makes your baby tired enough to get to sleep at night without being overtired. Parents who struggle with poor infant sleep usually bed-share and breast-feed. There’s really no mystery to this; infants quickly learn that a few squawks gets them cozy sucking and a tummyful of milk. If I had delicious cake in bed next to me, I’d wake and nibble all night, too. When coaching parents who are shifting from bed sharing to putting their baby in the crib at night, it’s important that they see the entire picture. Sometimes a parent needs to keep some sleep associations in the beginning of coaching (e.g., feeding to sleep), and then once baby is finally sleeping in the crib, they work on less night wakings. The back is the only safe position for sleep, but it’s the worst position for stopping a baby’s fussies. It makes babies feel insecure, like they’re falling. For crying babies, lying on the stomach (or side, rolled toward the stomach) works the best. (Another good position is up over your shoulder.) Remember, babies should be sleeping in the same room as an adult until six months, to reduce the risk of SIDS. If you’re looking for a compassionate, effective and evidence-based approach to sleep or just advice on one thing like sleep training then a baby sleep specialist will be able to help you.