What age can I begin sleep training my baby?
As soon as your baby is born you can start to establish good sleep habits. However, problems can often occur and between 5-6 months is generally an ideal time for implementation of more structured sleep routines if you are experiencing difficulties
Why has my baby started to wake during the night?
Your baby’s sleep pattern may be affected by many things, such as illness, teething, holidays or changes in routine. There may also be developmental reasons depending on your baby’s age. We can help to evaluate what’s happening to ensure your baby is back on track as quickly as possible.
How can I get my baby to nap for longer?
All babies have their own sleep preferences and needs. Some take two long naps of an hour or more a day, while others prefer three shorter naps of about 45 minutes. Both are completely normal but if your baby wakes after 20 or 30 minutes, we can evaluate the issues and make the necessary changes to help your baby nap for longer periods.
How do I settle my baby to sleep while he’s still awake?
A regular bedtime will set your baby’s internal clock so he’s naturally sleepy at a predictable time. Create a consistent bedtime routine which lets him know it’s time for sleep. Make soothing activities, such as a warm bath and massage part of the routine to relax him and help him understand it’s time for sleep.
My baby won’t sleep. What can I do?
Most newborns sleep erratically, so you probably won’t see a pattern emerging any earlier than approximately 10 weeks. After this time you can help your baby into a regular pattern of sleep, as long as you are consistent. Let us help you to understand your baby’s sleep patterns and resolve any issues you’re having. Please call us to arrange a consultation.
My baby is awake all night and sleeps all day. When will this change?
Babies do not produce melatonin the first six weeks or so of life. This is why day and night confusion is very normal among newborns, and there’s not a lot you can do to change it. After six weeks of age, however, you can start to communicate that daytime is for fun and nighttime is for sleep. Try to take your baby out of the house for at least an hour each day. New experiences and fresh air are stimulating. Sunlight also helps reset babies’ sleep clocks. Try to make nighttimes calm, quiet and dark so your baby begins to understand the difference between day and night.
Help! My baby won’t sleep unless she is being held. What can I do?
You shouldn’t worry too much about your baby’s independent sleep skills until he or she is about 3 months old. However babies can very quickly get used to sleeping in our arms or being rocked which isn’t always beneficial to us in the long run. Depending on the age of your baby we can suggest different strategies to overcome this and help your baby to sleep independently.
At Dawn Grey Newborn Consulting we can help you with:
- How to time your baby’s awake times so he falls asleep without a fuss
- The ideal time to feed your baby
- The importance of establishing a routine
- How to avoid digestion issues to make your baby more comfortable
- Creating the right kind of environment conducive for sleep
- Using sleep aids to help your baby sleep anywhere
- Experimenting with different nap arrangements
- How and why you should put your baby down to sleep drowsy but awake
Please call or email to discuss how I can help you.