BUILD A SOLID SLEEP FOUNDATION
This is not sleep training!
In these early weeks and months their is such rapid change.
✓ Unaware of night and day
✓ Knows no reality apart from mother/father
✓ Sleeps most of the time except for feeding
✓ Will poo during the night requiring nappy changes
✓ Can only tolerate being awake for 45 min to 1 hour
✓ Stop crying when picked up
Implications for sleep:
Important to regulate body clock by exposure to 12 hours
of light and 12 hours of dark per day, and make day and night distinctly different. Also to try to settle babies where they will ultimately be sleeping, using sensory cues such as shushing, patting or placing a gentle warm hand on their tummy to help them sleep. Night feeds at this age keep babies safe and reduce the risk of SIDS.
✓ Much more alert and responsive
✓ Infants crave social interaction
✓ Distractibility may become a problem
✓ More aware of toys
✓ Will probably not need changing during the night
✓ Sleep cycles will lengthen and deepen by around 12 – 16 weeks onwards (sleep leap)
✓ Can go longer being awake in-between naps with around 1.5 hours to 2 hours
Implications for sleep:
Plenty of interaction and stimulation in the day is very important, floor tummy time and providing a rich sensory experience all help, overtiredness can become a problem at this age but short naps are also common and also rejuvenating so please don't get bogged down trying to get your little one to nap longer - random timing of naps is still common, and most babies will wake at least every 3-4 hours at night for feeds. If you haven’t already done this, begin a bedtime routine, so that your little one begins to know what is coming next.
Its more than just sleep
4-WEEKS OF SUPPORT
You will receive 4-weeks of support from me (from 2-weeks after your baby say's hello! or after your consultation). These are usually weekly 20 minute catch-up calls where we discuss a range of new baby topics including sleep! You have unlimited email access to me within this time.
A private 90-minute in-home or video consultation, we will talk about all things newborn, what to expect in the first few weeks and beyond and when and what stepped changes to make as your baby grows.
NEWBORN SLEEP GUIDE
A detailed sleep guide taking you through the first 0-5 months, this covers so much more than sleep, we explore getting ready, feeding, where baby will sleep, what to expect in the first 5 months, colic, allergy, reflux and the fussy baby and how to set up a flexible routine when you and your baby are ready for that.