One thing every parent looks forward to is the day baby starts sleeping all night. No more night feeds just a good six hours uninterrupted sleep. Even though you might look forward to this, the first night baby does sleep all night you will wake up in a panic and rush to check on him.
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but you baby probably won’t sleep all night until around 6 months old. Some babies may start sleeping through around 3 months but the average is 6 months. When he does sleep it is important to establish sleep patterns very early on.[…..more]
Babies do need to have night feeds for awhile and in the first couple of weeks you need to wake them for these feeds. If you want more information about night feeds click here for a really good article on the subject.
Routines are important for baby. Things like a regular bath time, feeding baby at regular times and establishing a bedtime routine. Some babies are harder than others to settle but perseverance on your part will win in the end. If you establish bad patterns at an early age they are very hard to break.
Babies cry. That is a fact of life and some mums get distressed when baby cries. Just remember this is his only means of letting you know if there is a problem and it won’t take long for you to distinguish between the ‘I’m hungry’ cry or ‘I need changing’ cry or ‘I have a pain’ cry.
When you have fed baby and he has burped like a bricklayer, has been bathed and changed and you put him in his bed to sleep, pat and comfort and make sure he is comfortable and walk away. If he cries let him cry for a few minutes before you go and check on him, after all he is exercising his lungs.
After a few minutes if the crying doesn’t stop go back and make sure he is clean and dry pat him and comfort him until he settles and then leave him alone. You may have to go back several times but eventually he will sleep.
Picking him up and nursing him to sleep is telling him at a very early age that crying has it’s rewards. I don’t believe in letting the baby scream himself into exhaustion but I do believe a little controlled crying never hurt any baby.
To help you get started establishing baby’s sleep patterns I have a free ebook available. This little 12 page booklet has helped a lot of other new mums and I am sure it will help you too. If you would like me to send you a copy please leave a note below and I will email it to you.
There is also a digital program that will help you get you baby to sleep.
Having a little person in the house can be exhausting but it is always rewarding. You really can take every landmark in your baby’s life personally, after all you are the manufacturer and you deserve the credit.
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