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BABY'S FIRST YEAR
months. The two naps a day will stay with
them until around 15 months.
And it's never too early to start a
soothing pre-sleep routine, whether for
naps or bedtime. 'A flexible routine based
on their natural patterns from as early as
six weeks will help your baby develop good
associations with sleep and help your baby
understand their sleep triggers,' says Jo.
'If your baby does have trouble settling,
place a curved hand on to his side so he
knows you're there and give him a slight
push and pull with your other hand on his
chest before eventually withdrawing your
hand, when he is almost asleep.'
Sleeping through the night could be a
possibility when your child is about four
months old or 15 to 16lb in weight, but
each baby is very different.
'It's all about working out your baby's
natural sleeping patterns,' says Jo.
'Keeping a log can help - but be
sure not to beat yourself up if it doesn't
happen as soon as you'd like.'
HAVE TO CUDDLE
HIM TO SLEEP'
23, from north west
London, got into
bad habits with her
'For the first six months, Coby
slept happily in our bed. It was
only when we tried moving him
to his own room that we had
problems. It would take hours to
put him to sleep and we'd have
to sit and cuddle him as he cried
- it was heartbreaking.
'Even when he did fall asleep,
he would wake five or six times
in the night and we'd end up
bringing him into our bed and
giving him a bottle because we
were so exhausted.
'We called on Gillian Assor,
who runs a nanny business,
Nanny To The Rescue, and she
explained we should leave Coby
in his cot, but stay with him,
patting him and shushing him
but not lifting him up. It was
so hard. The first night took
three-and-a-half hours, the next
just 20 minutes, and by the
third he dropped off just as we
lay him down. All it took was
consistency and a plan.' >
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