The Key To Sleep Success
There is so much great information out there, but we like to keep things simple because, we know, the LAST thing you need as a tired mom is to have to remember a million more things and to be earmarking pages and bookmarking sites to figure out this crazy sleep thing! WeeSleep™ promises you, you will accelerate your sleep success by leaps and bounds by simply focusing on the items below.
1. Babies will do a lot of sleeping and eating in the first few weeks and will not be on any type of set schedule. Take care of your baby’s nutritional needs and honor their sleep!
2. Never wake a sleeping baby! The only exception would be if your baby for some reason is underweight or the doctor has advised frequent feeding. If your baby is sleeping, let her sleep! Our advice would be to avoid letting her sleep over 5 hours during the day in order to ensure nights and days don’t get mixed up.
3. Your baby’s body clock (Circadian Rhythm) will develop naturally as baby develops. By about 3 months it will work more like an adult’s, and will get more and more consistent with time.
4. Swaddling a baby up to 3 months really helps with keeping baby comfy and cozy and controlling the “startle” (Moro) reflux that can wake babies. After 3 months (or, if you are anti-swaddle) it’s time to use a sleep sac.
5. Try not to let the books scare you with how many hours your baby “should” be sleeping or what your schedule “should” look like. Follow a Wake, Eat, Play, Sleep schedule and you will be just fine and way less stressed!
6. During the hours of 5 and 6 am, little ones are in a REM (light and dreamy) state of sleep where little things can wake them—a noisy muffler next door, birds chirping, etc. Don’t be surprised if your child stirs or wakes during this time. Give them a few minutes to try and fall bask to sleep before rushing in.
7. A dark room is best for napping and night time. Blackout blinds will be your best friend!
8. Baby’s sleep can be interrupted by stimulated items in the room—flashing turtle lights, bright aquarium toys, etc. Less distraction = less stimulation! Much better for infant and toddler to sleep!
9. Try not to move your toddler to a big boy or girl bed until the age of 3. At this age they are better able to understand consequence and it will make for a much easier transition. Plus it is safer when they are older.
10. A bedtime routine is KEY to do help your baby prepare for the long sleep. Do the same thing every day. Babies love consistency and routine! (Our favourite — bath, massage, jammies, sleep sac, story, song and g’night kisses!)
It is very easy to get caught up in what should and shouldn’t be going on with your baby’s sleep. Take a deep breath and know that you are not the only one having issues. Everything you are experiencing is 100% normal. You are not doing anything wrong. Be consistent. Trust your gut and be in the moment. It will make the sleepless nights and crazy days a little more bearable. And when you are less stressed, so is your child. Being a mom is an amazing gift. Cherish, enjoy and know that sleep will come and issues can be resolved.