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This will give them something to attach to and will also act as a sleep cue. Each time they see their comforter, they know that sleep is imminent. Babies love and need a sense of attachment in order to be able to become self-soothers.
and reliant on too many different techniques. The best settling technique should be when your baby is lying down flat on their back in their crib, and you are using touch and voice techniques to soothe them to sleep.
ENSURE AT LEAST ONE, PREFERABLY TWO OF THEIR SLEEPS ARE IN THEIR CRIB DURING THE DAY
MAKE SURE YOUR BABY’S ROOM IS DARK AND QUIET FOR DAYTIME NAPS, TOO
The more regularly you put your baby to sleep in their crib, the quicker they will learn and understand that this is their dominant sleep space. They will form an attachment from an early age, and the consistency will help them to feel comfortable and secure. This will help them to sleep better. DON’T OVERSTIMULATE YOUR BABY WITH ACTIVITY
Young babies can become overstimulated very quickly and, when tired, will resist sleep. It can be very tempting to be out all day at different activities, but try to limit it to once or twice a day maximum. This way, you ensure they are getting enough nap time. BE CONSISTENT IN THE WAY YOU SETTLE YOUR BABY TO SLEEP
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Your baby will fall asleep easier in a dark and quiet room. It is a good idea to prepare their room this way each time they go to sleep both during the day and at night. ENSURE YOU ARE IMPLEMENTING A BEDTIME ROUTINE EACH NIGHT AT THE SAME TIME, WITH THE SAME SET OF RITUALS
You can begin a regular bedtime routine straight away. It is a good way to get your baby calm and settled just before putting them to sleep. Giving them a bath with a dash of lavender oil is also helpful, especially if your baby is experiencing colic. FEED YOUR BABY WELL DURING THE DAY TO BOOST THEIR CALORIES
Ensuring you are feeding your baby well during the day will help them sleep better at night. If you are breastfeeding, make sure that you also eat well, so your milk supply is at its highest. A diet of many carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables is best. �
Advice from leading Australian sleep expert, Natalie Herman
Published on Feb 9, 2017
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