Baby Whisperer….. newborn sleep tips
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Abby is our Perth Baby Whisperer and her clients love her! Check out her newborn sleep tips right here!
- As a Baby Whisperer I know parents get so confused by everyone’s advice around tired signs. I also know that they are hard to spot! Sometimes we are waiting and waiting and that eye rub just never happens… If your newborn is struggling to sleep and is becoming increasingly upset as the day goes on, you might find strictly pulling back your awake window helps. A newborn should only be awake 45-90 minutes, and they really struggle to cope with anything once they are over tired. An over tired baby can’t tolerate their itchy tag, or a bottle not warm enough, or a breast flow not fast enough, everything makes them cry not to mention not sleep!
- I often come into parents homes when they have reached the stage where they can’t settle their newborn to nap or sleep at night. They are struggling with multiple wake ups, and long tiresome settling episodes. On further investigation, I sometimes find families where they have believed a newborn would not disrupt their life, and the first few weeks have consisted of numerous outings, visits, work commitments and so forth. Their newborn is over stimulated, over tired and just hasn’t had the ability to settle into life earth side. My Baby Whisperer prescription is a few quiet days at home with some afternoon walks thrown in. Trust me this has never failed me! You will get your life back soon enough, but for now lets just slow things down….
- Feeding! I remember the guilt I felt when the nurse told me my daughter hadn’t gained any weight that week. I was round the clock breastfeeding and trying to soothe this unsettled baby. She needed a formula top up to get back on her growth chart, and I needed a visit to a lactation consultant. So many newborn sleep and unsettledness is related to feeding, but we are riddled with mum guilt around formula, and lactation consultants are in high demand. Get help early if you suspect there is a feeding issue.
- Fill your tool box with tricks! My Baby Whisperer tool box is jam packed which is why I love helping new parents, there’s is often very empty, and they are searching for the golden fix or answer. There often isn’t one answer to “fix” your newborn, they are probably just being a baby….but you need new tricks! Try all tricks more than once before you right them off! Some of my tricks are swaddling, shushing, rocking, front pack wearing, pacifiers, bouncing, walking, holding, colic holds, patting, shunting, and more! If people offer you advice based on what worked for them, don’t expect it to be gospel, but don’t immediately dismiss it either. If it feels ok, give it a whirl and you might be surprised that your baby loves being rocked with a pacifier, or they love swaddling and being fed to sleep.
- Don’t panic about sleep associations….just yet. We have more information now than ever before, and this is very true for parents! This can lead to unnecessary concern around sleep props or sleep associations. As a Baby Whisperer of newborns, I would rather see a newborn asleep with a pacifier and being held, than screaming and refusing to sleep all day. We are trying to gradually create healthy sleep habits over the babies first 16 weeks of life. That means regular naps, and 3-6 hours of sleep a day… if this isn’t happening, then this is our first goal! Whether its fully assisted by sleep props doesn’t matter. The self settling and sleeping unaided can’t happen before goal 1, which is regular naps and enough sleep…. We can work on the other goals after this one has been achieved. It’s never too late to wean off any sleep associations you are no longer a fan off, and this process is usually only 3-7 days…. a small sacrifice for good sleep in that 4th trimester!
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