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shift Sleep can often be a challenge for new parents, but is there a way to (eventually) move away from night wakings? What to do if your baby JUST WON’T SLEEP! By Vanessa Christie (MSc, MN, IBCLC, RHV, RNC) - independent Lactation Consultant, registered Health Visitor, birth trauma practitioner and Children’s Nurse

Sometimes you may well feel that you’ve ticked off every box and tried everything you feel happy with, and yet your baby Still. Won’t. Sleep. Being deprived of sleep truly is horrific. Plain and simple. So, if and when you find yourself in the midst of it, be mindful of the following: • Talk to someone you trust about what’s going on and how you’re feeling. Whether it’s a family member, friend, Health Visitor, GP or anyone else, sharing it will often lighten the burden. Closed online groups on Facebook and other platforms can also be an invaluable source of advice and a place to find a virtual hug. • Research has shown that it is not how many times a parent may wake in the night that can contribute 12

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to exhaustion and possible postnatal depression but how long it takes them to get back to sleep after each waking. Practising mindfulness and relaxation techniques can do wonders in boosting energy, renewing confidence and helping you to sleep more effectively when you get the chance. The benefits of this won’t only be apparent for you but can also rub off positively in settling your intuitive baby. • Are you able to call on anyone else to help you out? If people ask you if there’s anything they can do to help, say a big fat YES. It may be watching the baby for an hour while you rest, or bringing you round some comforting homecooked food but whatever help they are willing to provide, there is absolutely no shame in accepting it. • If your instinct is telling you that your baby’s interrupted sleep patterns exceed what should be considered ‘normal’ and his waking hours are often fussy and unsettled, then keep on seeking answers. For example, if you have a niggling doubt about a possible allergy or other concern, then insist on a second opinion. • If you decide to contact an independent sleep consultant, be sure to ask them about their

Have You Seen The Sleep Fairy? is a beautiful illustrated children’s book designed to help families get a good night’s sleep. RRP £7.99 paperback and RRP £3.99 ebook. Available to purchase from online retailers including amazon.co.uk background, philosophy and approach, to ensure that you feel comfortable with their practice. Many have plenty of experience with babies (often as nannies or private m a t e r n i t y nurses) but tend not to be trained in holistic assessments of babies and their families, or appreciate the full consequences of some of their advice. • And finally; always know that having a baby who settles on their own and sleeps for long periods of time is NEVER a marker of how successful you are as a parent! For online, phone or in-person consultations, please see www.vanessachristie.com for more www.mums-magazine.co.uk

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