Saturday, 31 January 2015

Sleep baby sleep

Sleep, baby, sleep,
Your father tends the sheep
Your mother shakes the dreamland tree
And from it fall sweet dreams for thee
Sleep, baby, sleep
Sleep, baby, sleep

Lovely words and how wonderful it is to see your baby sleep. But, all parents know that it’s a big task to make your babies sleep. Very tiring, isn’t it. So why not today we talk about some of the magical tricks that can soothe your baby and put her to sleep.

·        None of us like being kept awake when we are craving sleep, so rather than waiting until your baby is ‘past it’, put her to bed as soon as she shows sleepy signs such as becoming quiet, losing interest in people and toys, and fussing.

·        Silent nights could be at your fingertipsMassage your baby in the night 15 minutes before her sleep.

·        The calming, repetitive sounds of traditional lullabies recall the ‘womb music’ your baby heard before birth. Baby music that incorporates elements such as the rhythm of the maternal heartbeat or ‘white noise’ has remarkable soothing effects, especially if played continuously through the night.

·        The motion of a rocking chair or being carried in a sling will lull baby to sleep.

·        Swaddle your baby and put her to sleep

·        Mothers and babies who sleep together, share the same sleep cycles, so these mothers get more sleep overall.

·        Teach baby the difference between night and day by keeping the lights low and attending to him quietly during night feeds. Save play and chatter for daytime.

Enjoy parenting and have a great time!

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