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BABY'S FIRST YEAR

REST ASSURED
Lucy Shrimpton,
author of The Sleep
Nanny System,
tackles common
sleep issues

Speed napping and waking
after 45 mins

This is most common when the
baby was put to sleep through
rocking, feeding, motion or
sheer exhaustion.
When they transition from deep
sleep into lighter sleep, towards
the end of the cycle (about 30 to
45 minutes), they can rouse out
of sleep and not know how to get
back. If they're between six and
12 months and wake up crying,
try to settle them back to sleep,
but if your baby wakes up happy,
they just might be done.

Can't sleep anywhere but
in their own cot

Waking every day at 5am

This is one of the major bugbears
in a baby's first year and can
drive parents mad. It's most likely
due to overtiredness and often,
going to bed earlier can fix it.
If not, keep a log of daytime
naps and see if you can squeeze
another one in or try to stretch
one longer. But whatever you do,
don't go into wake mode at 5am.
Keep him in the bedroom with
lights and voices low until at least
6am so the early waking doesn't
become habitual.

Falls asleep nicely at bedtime
but wakes in the night

If you know your baby is feeding
enough in the day, then this is
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most likely down to not being
able to self-settle.
Even adults wake three to six
times per night but naturally go
back to sleep.
If a baby is being put down
at bedtime and falling asleep in
under five minutes, he is not truly
self-settling, most of the work has
been 'done for him' before being
put down.
The best thing to do is to move
bedtime a bit earlier and put him
to sleep when he's less zonked
and a bit more awake, so he truly
learns how to self-settle.

Will only be rocked to sleep

Your baby will hold out for this
as long as it keeps happening so
stop doing it and help him learn
how to do it for himself, subtly,
by stroking or patting him first
then eventually withdrawing the
contact altogether.

JO SAYS
'Write a babylog to remember
when your new
one sleeps and
feeds. Observing
and recognising
when they need
sleep will allow
you to see
the signs and
symptoms to
establish healthy
sleeping routines'

WORDS: LAUREN LIBBERT, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES

Many babies will sense the
change of atmosphere if they're
away from home, which can
make them feel unsettled. Try
some gentle, rhythmic shushing
in order to reassure him. Make
sure the room is dark and quiet.
Very alert little ones may
struggle to sleep in a pushchair
if not at the right level of 'tired'
so a snooze shade or draped
muslin works well, as does a
good pace and rhythm with the
pushchair to lull them off.



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