Today’s guest post is from Jo Tantum, one of the UK’s leading baby sleep specialists. Jo has a maternity nurse background and over 24 years of experience of getting little ones to sleep without distress. Jo is a regular speaker at the Baby Show Live and a guest expert on Channel 5’s Live with Gabby. Together with her best-selling book Baby Secrets available on www.babysecretsltd.com and Prima Baby Magazine column she has helped thousands of parents worldwide.
Babies need sleep, so that their developing brains can process everything they have learnt during the day. Getting your baby to sleep through the night is every first time parents biggest concern. So here is my special ‘Seven Secrets’ guide to getting it right:-
Follow a bedtime ritual consistently every night. Babies and toddlers relish routine and ritual, they like to know what’s coming next which provides certainty.
Treat every hour between 7pm & 7am as night time which means darkness, calm and quiet voices. Take your baby into the nursery and add a few drops of calming Sleepytime Room Aroma into a bowl of warm water. Ensuring bath water is tepid use Sleepytime Hair & Body Wash to gently cleanse your baby. Follow this by wrapping your baby in a super soft Cuddledry towel, gently pat dry and enjoy bonding whilst massaging baby with Sleepytime Organic Massage Oil. Dress your baby in a soft comfortable grow and a sleeping bag dependant on temperature. After a nice story give your baby the last feed of the day in his nursery. Wind, lay him down, pat gently, say night night quietly and come out of the room.
Try not to let your baby fall asleep in your arms or while feeding in the day time – always lay your baby down awake. The exception is at 7pm and night time feeds when it’s unavoidable as baby is so sleepy so don’t worry.
Use ‘Spaced Soothing’ to calm baby and reassure him that you are there for him without having to pick him up. ‘Spaced Soothing’ techniques are explained fully in the Baby Secrets book.
Don’t rush to your baby at every sound – many of the noises a baby makes are his attempts to fall asleep.
Give your baby a late-night feed or ‘dream feed’ at the same time every night even if you have to wake him to do so. Continue until he is ready to sleep through the night.
Finally, teaching your baby to have good naptimes is also a key to sleeping well at night. A baby who is overtired when they go to bed is only going to nap and not go into a lovely refreshing deep sleep.
My website www.babysecretsltd.com is packed full of useful sleep hints and tips plus great products for parents and babies. For one to one advice my e-mail and telephone packages offer great support. I’m also exclusively giving advice to my newsletter members every month, to sign up click – ‘monthly tips’. I’d love to hear how you get on with the seven secrets, so why not drop me your story on twitter @jotantum and one lucky winner will be selected to receive a signed copy of my Baby Secrets book.
Jo has very kindly given us two of her fab sleepytime gift sets to give away. To be in with a chance to win one, simply leave a comment on this post before 14th March, telling us your top sleep tips – what helped your baby get a good night’s sleep?
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