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Sleep Well With Sleepezy

Helping baby to sleep
June 11, 2007

A warm welcome to you,

I receive many questions from parents (new and not so new) about their baby's sleep. If you're having trouble getting your baby to sleep there are many things you can try. Here's one.

A sleep routine for baby - Babies enjoy routines, it helps them to feel secure. Make sure the routine you establish is simple and something you will enjoy too. Otherwise you just won't stick with it.

Routines are good for parents too. You probably have a lot of them in your life already, Do you do the same things in the same order when you get up in the mornings? This is your morning routine and it saves you time because you do things without having to think about what to do next.

So baby's routine can be feeding, bath, cuddle and sleep for example. Baby will soon learn that sleep is supposed to happen after this and it will form a good habit.

I've put up a new page on the site Helping Baby Sleep FAQ So if you've any questions that are not addressed here, feel free to ask. I'll always answer, even if it takes a few days, and your questions may be put up on the page to help others if appropriate.

I won't reveal any details except for your first name to protect your identity, so please ask away!

My little daughter is a restless sleeper and won't sleep unless I rock her, sing to her or go into her room several times a night. Please help! (Anne)

Teaching your baby to go to sleep on her own is one of the best things you can do for the following reasons:

  1. It will teach her good sleep habits, something that will last her the rest of her life
  2. It will make your life so much easier!

It's important that baby doesn't associate you with going to sleep. If she does she will have difficulty sleeping if you are not there. Have a favourite toy such as a teddy, a blanket or anything that's not hard or sharp that she can take to bed with her. This will then become her "security" and will comfort here when she wakes up at night, helping her to go back to sleep on her own... continued in Helping Baby Sleep FAQ

It's not often something comes along that I feel can recommend these days, especially when it comes to helping baby to sleep. That's why I was excited when I read a friend's copy of this book. Her daughter recently bought it and has had surprisingly good results.

Does your baby wake up in the middle of the night crying out for his/her bottle, pacifier, a story, wants to be rocked, etc..? You're about to learn exactly what to do to cure this problem! (page 21)

You'll enjoy this easy-to-read solution, it works for babies and older children too - SleepyTime Secrets

"Your book is fantastic. I hope you don't mind, I passed your book on to some of my friends, they are all very grateful for your help. Honestly, before having my baby I would never have thought bedtime would be so difficult, you have been a lifesaver, thank you!"
-- Paula Riddick (LA, USA)

I want to try the cry it out method but I can't just leave my baby when she is upset? (Alex)

This is called the Ferber method and a lot of parents swear by it. It can be very effective if done properly. However this doesn't suit everyone and if you become upset at hearing your baby cry, this might not be for you. This is only for babies 6 months or over so please don't try it on younger babies.

Don't feel guilty about not trying it. It's not the only way to go. Just because this method works for some parents it doesn't mean it's right for you or your baby. At the same time don't feel guilty if you do try it. Sometimes it's the only thing that works for sleep deprived parents.

Having said all that, the main advantages of the Ferber method is training your baby to recognize that night time is for sleeping. Let her know that you are there for her but your not going to pick her up each time she cries... continued in Helping Baby Sleep FAQ

Article of the month

For our EFT fans, this article on how to soothe a frantic baby is an eye opener! You may need to have an open mind on this....
Go and watch the free video to learn how to do this for yourself!

As always if a link doesn't work, copy and paste into your browser.

Until next month, my very best wishes to you.

Wendy

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