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Recently I watched a YouTube video about the aptness of Sleep Specialists and would dearly like to share what I learned from it with you in this blog post.

It is much safer for your baby to be in their cot with just the sheets or blankets, and no extras which could be pulled over their face or cause an accident. As babies grow stronger they learn to move and roll and this is fine. For more information, please read our clear cot advice. Routines for older babies (four months onwards) can be helpful and let your bub know it’s sleep time. Starting with feed, quiet play nappy change, cuddle, then placing your child when drowsy in the cot is best. Sleep training doesn’t always go smoothly. Added to this, an unexpected illness, the appearance of a new tooth, a growth spurt or separation anxiety may mean you need to put your sleep training on hold for a little while until things get back to normal. Make sure that your cot has a clean, firm mattress that leaves no gaps between the mattress and the cot. Ensure that the mattress sheets are snug so there is no loose bedding, this will help to keep your baby safe while they sleep. Research suggests that babies who get a rub-down before bedtime produce more of the hormone melatonin, which helps them sleep. Your baby may enjoy familiar soothing routines; this is a great opportunity to have one-to-one time with your baby but remember these patterns will change as your baby develops.

If a child is accustomed to falling asleep with a pacifier and is not able to reinsert it when they wake up, they will call for help. If you don’t help, you are setting them up for failure, because they will continue to wake and cry, since they need that assistance to fall asleep. If you do help, they are still relying on you to fall asleep, which means that you are not actually sleep training them. If you've ever gotten a professional massage, then you know how relaxing it can be. But when it comes to your baby, massage can also have added benefits. Massage provides really important skin contact between parent and child, and that closeness can help foster infant development. It also helps make falling asleep a little easier. For babies, safe sleep means lying flat on the back with no blankets heavier than a hospital receiving blanket. There should be no stuffed animals in the crib. Do not use crib bumpers, pillows or any type of cushions for propping up your baby — not even items marketed to help babies sleep better. The same rules apply during the daytime as they do at night. Ideally, for the first six months, your baby will sleep in their Moses basket or cot in the same room as you even for their daytime naps. In reality, babies often fall asleep in the car seat, pram or buggy, sling or anywhere they get comfy and fancy a snooze. 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.

Watch For The Yawns

Regular massage before bedtime can help some babies relax and drift off to sleep at night. Recent research showed that babies who are regularly massaged have higher levels of melatonin - the sleep-inducing hormone. Some babies love massage while others don’t, so follow your own baby’s lead. Babies will wake and cry and need your attention but as they grow, it can help everyone’s quality of sleep if they’ve experienced the opportunity to self-soothe. But remember that this is a skill that babies learn progressively as they grow older and being left to cry too long will cause unnecessary upset - so do return to them, pick them up and put them gently back to bed when calm and sleepy. At some point, you will need to be prepared to keep your child in their room through more drastic means, including a gate at the door, a toddler safety doorknob cover, or a doorknob with a lock facing the hallway instead of into the room. Many parents balk at the idea of “locking” a child in their room, yet think nothing of confining them to a cot. Sleep is important for everyone, but particularly so for children. We all know that getting a full night of shut-eye is vital when it comes to your child’s growth and development – from doing better at school, to developing improved memory and reactivity. Happy, healthy sleep can also reduce the risk of catching colds and other minor illnesses. But just because we know this, it doesn’t mean that a good night’s sleep is guaranteed. Each child will have a different sleep pattern. Some babies will sleep the entire twelve hours, while others might sleep ten to eleven hours and then be awake one to two hours. But your baby should stay in her crib either way. There are multiple approaches to sleep regression and a sleep expert will help you choose one that is right for you and your family.

Many babies will fall asleep in a car seat; however travel systems and car seats should not be used as a routine sleep environment or for long periods of time. Once the parent/carer has arrived at their destination, the baby should be removed from the car seat and placed in their cot/Moses basket/travel cot. Dress your baby as you would dress yourself for the temperature of the room – comfortably warm, not too hot, not too cold. The right sleepwear can help keep baby comfortable and safe. Feeding is easy when your baby is in a cosleeper next to your bed. There’s no middle-of-the-night hike down a cold, dark hall, and no struggling to fall back asleep again. And you get to hear your baby’s white noise, which can help you sleep better, too. If your baby could be in the habit of going to bed a little too late and is experiencing disturbed sleep in the night, they’ll be overtired and even though waking is the issue introducing earlier bedtime may help your baby to sleep later in the morning. According to parenting expert and author of the Baby Bedtime Book Fi Star-Stone, it can take several weeks, even months before your baby is sleeping through the night and being more awake during the day. In the meantime, there are a number of strategies you can employ to help your baby get into the habit of sleeping at night and being awake during the day. The gentle approach and caring manner of a baby sleep expert allows them to assist you in the most preferable way to deal with sleep training and to assist you and your family in any way possible.

Your Infant Wakes Up To Life

When your baby gets to about six weeks, you can encourage them to drop off without relying on you to feed or rock them to sleep. Try putting them on their back when they’re looking sleepy, and let them slowly drift off. Learning this skill will help them get back to sleep without you. Help them bond with a security object – choose a baby blanket or stuffed animal and keep it near you for a while, so it takes on your comforting smell. If you’re breastfeeding, you could even try expressing some breastmilk onto a small piece of muslin, then popping it in their cot. Babies have a strong sense of smell, so if they wake suddenly, your familiar smell may help them settle again. Try not to hold, rock or feed your baby until he falls asleep, or be inconsistent with his bedtime routine. Instead, put him to bed when he's drowsy but awake, which will help him learn to fall asleep on his own. Ideal wake times range depending on the age of your newborn and time of day. In a nutshell, the younger they are, the less time they’ll be able to stay comfortably awake (ie. 30-60 mins). And as they get older, awake time can stretch to as long as 90 minutes. Let’s remember, newborns are busy learning how to keep their bodies at the right temperature and how to breathe. So give them, and yourself, a little break when it comes to expectations. If you're looking for a compassionate, effective and evidence-based approach to sleep or just advice on one thing like 4 month sleep regression then a baby sleep specialist will be able to help you.

If you are considering co-sleeping, talk to your health visitor about safety issues. A bedside cot with an open side is a happy compromise that offers a safe environment while keeping your baby nearby. Be aware that baby sleep changes significantly at about 5 months. A baby who is fed to sleep and has been sleeping all night will likely start waking again after 5 months. If the feeding to sleep continues, many babies go back to waking 4-6 times or more every night, wanting the powerful breast milk/sucking/cuddle combo to get back to sleep. Put baby in a cot, crib or Moses basket to sleep. Never fall asleep with baby on a sofa or chair; this can increase the risk of death by 50%. Bedtimes are a special part of the day, and a great opportunity to focus solely on your baby. Adding massage to your routine is a wonderfully relaxing experience for both you and your little one. Massaging your baby after their bath, is an excellent way to bond with your little one, and enjoy some peaceful time together. A nightlight is a good way to prevent you from tripping over any toys in the middle of the night and making a noise that might wake them up. It also means you won’t have to turn on the big light and make it harder for them to get back to sleep. A sleep expert will be with you every step of the way, guiding you on how best to find a solution to your sleep concerns, whether its ferber method or one of an untold number of other things.

Sleeping Soundly Is A Basic, Teachable Skill

Consistency is key so try and keep to the same routine as much as possible, so your baby knows what to expect. Do the Bedtime feed at the beginning of the bedtime routine so you can put your baby down wide awake. Aim for two naps a day at approx 9am and 2pm with bedtime around 7pm. Get into the habit of doing the same things before bed. This helps prepare your baby for sleep. It also helps him or her understand that the time has come for sleep. Simple things like a bath, some quiet time including reading to your baby, a final feed and a kiss can be part of this routine. If you feel that the sheets are too cool and possibly waking your newborn up, warm them up before placing her down. You might even decide to lay a hot water bottle on the crib mattress to warm it up, but make sure it’s just warm and not hot, and remove it before you lay your baby down. Remember, your baby’s skin is more sensitive than yours. You can check out supplementary particulars regarding Sleep Specialists in this NHS page.

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