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Does my baby need to sleep for longer during the day?

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Sleep

There are some babies who will only ever sleep for one sleep cycle, regardless of what you do!

If your baby sleeps for 45 minutes per sleep and wakes up cheerful, and does not show any signs of tiredness until their next sleep, then try not to stress about the length of his day sleeps. It is likely the sleeps will increase as time goes on, and he becomes more active during the day.

But if your baby wakes up tired, grizzling or screaming after 45 minutes, it is much more likely that your baby is crying from tiredness rather than hunger, so try to resettle him for another sleep cycle and then feed him when he wakes.

The following tips should help you increase the length of your babies day sleeps:

  • Teaching your baby to self settle:
  • If your baby can't settle himself to sleep, it will be hard for him to resettle at the end of a 45 minutes sleep cycle in the day. So if you are helping your baby fall asleep with feeding or rocking, for either day sleeps or bedtime, this is a good place to start working on to improve day sleeps.
  • Learning to self settle doesn't have to mean leaving your baby to cry, it just means you need to start a process where you wean your baby off needing you to fall asleep.

Use very firm wrapping

This is one of the most effective ways to increase the length of day sleeps, even if you don't wrap your baby at night. Give it a try, you may well be surprised and delighted at the effect on your baby's day sleeping! Depending on the age of your baby, you may want to wrap with one or both arms in.

If your baby is interested in using his hands/fingers to soothe himself, then wrap with one arm out. One arm out is also good if you want him to be able to hold a comfort blankie or put his dummy back in.

We recommend using a stretch cotton wrap at least 1.2 x 1.2m. If you don't yet have a wrap large enough, try wrapping your baby in a cot sheet. If you are taking your baby for a walk to help him sleep longer, we recommend you wrap your baby before putting him in the pushchair.

Use white noise

Using white noise can be one of the most effective ways to help both newborns and older babies to sleep longer and resettle during the day.

With newborns, white noise reminds them of the swooshing and gurgling noises they heard inside the womb for 9 months. It was never quiet inside you, so it makes sense that babies find it hard to settle in a quiet room!

With babies over 4 months, white noise can still be very effective for helping with settling and longer sleeps. Older babies can hear that you are outside their room, doing things more enjoyable than falling asleep, and they may well want to be part of that! So using white noise can mask distracting sounds and provide a strong cue that it is sleep time.

Also as babies get older, they are more and more awake and alert prior to sleep time, and white noise can help with the winding down needed to fall asleep. (It is also very effective with adults who find it hard to fall asleep for the same reason!).

Play your white noise at the start of the sleep and on repeat through the sleep. Play it louder than your baby is crying, so he can hear it. You can use radio static, vacuum cleaner, dehumidifier or buy a white noise CD.
You can also use soothing lullaby music for the same effect with older babies and toddlers. Music for Dreaming is a great choice for this, and has been developed after considerable research into the effect of music on baby's sleep.

Dark room

Close your baby's curtains and make his room nice and dark. Bright light can be stimulating to a baby, and also highlights all the other fun things there are to do other than sleeping. Invest in blackout lining on your curtains, or pin a blanket or black polythene over the windows to see if that helps.

Sleeping bags

Do try wrapping your baby for day sleeps to see if that improves their day sleep. But if that has no effect, or you are not keen to try wrapping again, then definitely use your baby's sleeping bag for all their day sleeps. It is a strong cue to your baby that it is sleep time, and also ensures he doesn't kick off the covers. You can also combine one armed wrapping with a sleeping bag.

Opportunity to resettle

We recommend that you give your baby the opportunity to resettle by himself if he wakes at the 45 minutes mark. If you always rush in as soon as he makes a little noise, he learns he needs you to help him back to sleep, and he never gets the chance to practice going back to sleep.
Many babies grizzle or cry for a few minutes as they stir, wake and resettle back to sleep. This is quite normal and doesn't mean your baby is upset or ready to get up. For many babies it is jsut what they do in the middle of their day sleeps.

How long you give your baby to resettle is completely up to you, how hard your baby is crying and how old they are. However a good rule of thumb would be to give your baby about 10 minutes to see if they can go back to sleep.

What happens next

There are a number of options you can use if your baby doesn't resettle after you have given him 10 minutes opportunity:

  • Pop his dummy in if he uses one.
Try some sssshing or patting until he has calmed down. Try to then leave him to fall back to sleep, so he eventually learns he can go back to sleep.
Leave him swaddled, put him flat in the pushchair, and with his dummy if you use one, and go for a walk to help him back to sleep.
  • Avoiding falling asleep in the car. With babies over the age of 4 months, we recommend that you avoid letting your baby fall asleep in the car, as this reinforces cat napping habits. For example, your baby may fall asleep 10 minutes before you get home, and think he has had his sleep. That means he then won't settle for another sleep in his cot, your routine will get completely out of whack and you will have a baby that will be really over-tired later in the day.
  • I find it works best to either go out after your baby's morning sleep or to go out early and put baby into his pushchair for his morning sleep when you get to your destination (wrapped or in sleeping bag, whatever you do at home).

Routine

If your baby (over 4 months old) is finding it hard to settle for day sleeps or waking after 45 minutes, we recommend getting your baby into a structured routine. This will help your baby's body clock get set to sleep at certain times, will mean you can plan your day for the best times to go out and also help you with when to feed & give solids. For babies over 12 weeks try sleep times at 9am, 1pm and 4.30pm. Once your baby of over 9 months, move the day sleeps to 9.30am and 1.30pm.

If you aren't keen to try a structured routine just yet, then ensure you use the feed/play/sleep, as this will help with structuring your day, learn when your baby is likely to be tired or hungry, and also help with learning to self settle.

Should I use a dummy (or pacifier)?

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Sleep, 6 Months, 7 Months, 8 Months, 9 Months, 10 Months, 11 Months, 1 Year, 18 Months, 2 Year, Toddler, Preschooler

An attachment to a dummy or blankie can be a cause for consternation but are these creature comforts doing any real damage to your little darling? It's a funny old thing that you've no doubt experienced yourself. As soon as you become a parent (actually as soon as you break the news that you're expecting) the advice starts. One of the most contentious aspects relates to comfort objects - blankies, special toys and most divisive of all - the dummy. If it works for you, then ignore the naysayers.

How can I get my newborn baby to sleep better?

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Newborn, Sleep

Here are some top tips for helping your newborn sleep better.

  1. Think about the conditions your baby enjoyed inside your womb for 9 months (noisy, squished, jiggly, warm etc), and try to replicate those to settle her.
  2. Learn to recognize your baby's tired signs and act on them quickly.
  3. Swaddle your baby for all sleeps, which will help her settle quickly and stay asleep longer.
  4. More sleep during the day will mean better sleep at night.
  5. White noise, such as radio static or the vacuum, is very effective for calming crying and helping newborns sleep longer.
  6. Use the Feed, Play, Sleep routine during the day, so your baby gradually learns to fall asleep by herself.
  7. Once feeding is well established, use a dummy if it helps your baby settle quickly and stay asleep longer.
  8. Resist getting baby up at her first grizzle - give her the opportunity to resettle.
  9. To develop good sleep habits, try to avoid feeding your baby to sleep or letting her catnap on you after the first few weeks.
  10. Apart from feed/play/sleep, don't worry about a strict routine in the first few months. Routine doesn't become important for sleeping until your baby is closer to 4 months old.
Should I wake a sleeping baby to feed him?

Should I wake a sleeping baby to feed him?

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Sleep

In newborns who are small, you really need to consider waking the baby every three hours. It is not true that every baby will let you know when he or she is hungry, especially during the first weeks of life.

Larger babies, who have many feedings during the day, may be able to sleep longer stretches at night without waking for feedings and still have plenty to eat. It really should be evaluated on an individual basis depending on your baby.

The best way to tell if an exclusively breastfed baby is getting enough food is to closely monitor her diapers. By four days of age, the newborn should have at least four stools and they should be changing from dark meconium to light brown, and then yellow.

If your exclusively breastfed baby is not stooling much during his or her first month, you should bring him or her to the doctor to be weighed.

How do I make my baby sleep safely?

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Sleep

The way you make up your baby's bassinette or cot can help to keep him or her safe when sleeping. Here are some tips for safely making up a bassinette or cot.

For a bottom sheet, use a fitted cot/bassinette sheet, or a sheet large enough to wrap all the way underneath the mattress to prevent it coming loose and entangling baby.
Use a mattress protector to keep baby's mattress dry in case his or her nappy leaks. Keeping the mattress dry helps to inhibit the growth of fungus etc. inside the mattress. It also helps to regularly air out the mattress. The mattress protector should go between the mattress and the bottom sheet.

Babies under one year old do not need a pillow. Pillows can be unsafe for small babies as they pose a small risk of suffocation. Many parents introduce pillows to their toddlers when moving them from a bed to a cot at around 18 months of age. You may wish to use a pillowcase or cloth nappy undeneath your baby's head to make cleaning up easier if they dribble or spill in their sleep.

Make up the bassinette or cot so that baby's feet are around five centimetres from the bottom of the cot. This will look a little strange, as baby's head will be in the middle of the cot, but is the safest way for him or her to sleep as it prevents wriggling down underneath the blankets.

Use cot or bassinette sheets and blankets to make up baby's bed. They are safer than a duvet. As a general guide, in summer baby will need a sheet and one thin banket over him or her, in the winter he or she will need a sheet and several thicker blankets. Turn the top of the sheet over the top of the blanket/s so that they are all sealed together. This helps prevent baby from becoming entangled in the layers of blankets.

Cot bumpers are not recommended as baby's head may become trapped underneath one. They may be used as decoration at the head of the cot (with baby sleeping at the foot of the cot), but only until baby is old enough to begin moving around inside the cot, at which time they should be removed. It is safest not to use cot bumpers at all.

There are a number of products available to assist your baby to sleep safely in his or her cot, such as sleep wraps, sleeping bags and foam wedges. Your midwife, Plunket nurse or local baby product retailer will be able to advise you on the pro’s and con’s of these.

Why isn’t my baby sleeping well?

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Newborn, Sleep, Weeks 1-6, Weeks 6-12, 3 Months, 4 Months, 5 Months, 6 Months, 7 Months, 8 Months, 9 Months, 10 Months, 11 Months, 1 Year

There are several reasons why your child isn't sleeping well - she may be affected by one of them, by a combination of several or all of them!

No Consistent Bedtime Routine

Though most parents know a bedtime routine is a good idea, it is hard to be consistent, either because there's too much to do or because your child has so much energy that it's hard to slow her down. Still, a predictable wind-down routine is one of the most important tools your child needs to sleep well.

• Physical activity should come before the routine
• Should last 15 to 60 minutes at nighttime, and about 10 to 15 minutes before a nap
• Do routine in the same room where your child sleeps
• Do approximately the same activities each time in the same order

Your Child Needs You to Fall Asleep

It's the most natural thing in the world to rock or feed your child to sleep, but doing this doesn't help him stay asleep all night - many children who fall asleep this way awaken repeatedly. These disruptions are often caused at least partially by their dependence on certain conditions, or "sleep associations" - anything your child associates with falling asleep, including being held, rocking, sucking or falling asleep with a parent. Throughout the night, your child drifts into lighter sleep phases to check out her environment. During these "partial arousals," she's not fully conscious-and as long as nothing has changed significantly since she fell asleep, she returns to deeper sleep. But for many children, if something is different, this raises a red flag and she will need you to recreate the same conditions that were present when she fell asleep in the first place. Not all associations are bad; what's important is that your child can recreate them on his own and put himself back to sleep.

Poor Sleep Environment

Your child's environment plays a very important role in her ability to sleep well. She needs to be protected from disruptions that can prevent her from settling to sleep, sleeping deeply, and sleeping for the right length of time.

• Your child's cot or bed should be all about sleep, and whatever doesn't contribute to sleep should go

• On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being dark, your child's room should be an 8 or 9

• Protect your child from distracting sounds with white noise. You can use a fan, air purifier, or white noise machine
• Dress children in something warm enough to protect them without a blanket

Misusing Sleep Aids

Sleep aids include pacifiers, swaddling, music and blankies. Although some sleep aids lead to sleep associations, not all are detrimental. What's important is that you know when they are appropriate and when they interfere with sleep.

Mistimed Sleep Schedule

Allowing your child to stay up until he seems tired is one of the surest ways to guarantee a bumpy night of sleep. One reason is that your child will probably wake early, is due to morning light; the other is that your child will likely become overtired. For children of every age, there are optimal "sleep windows" in which it is easiest to drift off into sleep. If your child goes too far past this window, his body becomes stressed and produces the hormone cortisol, which acts as a stimulant, like caffeine and can cause your child to act "wired" or appear to get a second wind.

Most children do well with a bedtime between 7:00 and 8:00 PM; 8:30 is the latest bedtime we recommend up to age 10. Choosing a consistent bedtime doesn't mean that your child won't ever be able to stay up late for a special occasion or a family night out; if he does stay up late one night, try to put him down on time the next. Most children need at least 11 hours of sleep to function well. And bedtime is the time when your child is in her cot or bed with the lights out.

Limit Testing

Your child may not want to go to sleep because he doesn't want to miss the action, and your older child wants more control than he did as a baby. Put the two together, and you have a child who will do everything he can to stall and prolong bedtime. We hear stories from parents about their children's award-winning performances as they try to delay bedtime. Pulling out all the stops, they act as though they're in the Sahara dying for water or insist that they'll waste away in the middle of the night unless they have a bedtime snack. If your child isn't highly verbal yet, she may simply tantrum when you try to put her to sleep. Either way, the drama can be intense and almost always gets a reaction from parents. It can be tempting to give in to the demands of your adorable toddler, but delaying bedtime isn't good for either of you.

Night Noshing

To be successful in learning how to sleep your child needs to have one clear, consistent response to his night wakings. If you sometimes feed him when he cries and sometimes do not, he'll become confused and will cry longer and harder overall. You may be wondering how your baby will make it all the way through the night without feeding. You have every reason to be concerned about this if your child is used to eating at night, but by the time a baby is 5 months old and weighs 15 pounds, she should be able to sleep all night without a feed. If you have a toddler who is growing well, he is perfectly capable of taking in all of the necessary calories and hydration during the day.

By Jennifer Waldburger, LCSW, and Jill Spivack, LMSW

How does Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or cot death occur?

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Sleep

Whilst incidences of cot death, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as it is officially known, have dropped dramatically over the past ten years, SIDS still claims the lives of up to 45 New Zealand babies each year.

SIDS is the name given to all sudden deaths of otherwise healthy babies, that is not attributed to any other illness of disease. Babies who die from SIDS are usually healthy babies, and in most cases an autopsy is unable to determine a specific cause of death. As a result, the causes of SIDS remain a mystery, however much research has been done, and continues to be done, and the number of babies who die from SIDS is continuing to drop as more and more risk factors are identified and addressed.
The most common age for SIDS to strike is between 2-4 months of age, although it can occur any time. SIDS rarely affects infants under one month of age, or over six months of age.


Some babies are at higher risk than others, and there are precautions you can take to keep your baby safe when he or she is sleeping.
Babies at higher risk of SIDS include:

  • Those whose mothers smoked during pregnancy
  • Those born with a low birth weight (less than 2500g)
  • Male babies
  • Those who share a house with a smoker who smokes inside
  • Those who bed-share with an adult/s, especially if the adult is a smoker, has been drinking, or has taken drugs
  • Those who sleep on their tummy or side
  • Those who are not breastfed.

You can help to protect your baby from SIDS

  • Put your baby to sleep on his/her back. This is safer for most babies, unless you have been advised otherwise by your midwife or doctor. If you are worried about your baby developing a flat head, you can turn his/her head to alternate sides at each sleep.
  • Don't smoke, and don't allow smoking inside your house or around your baby. If you do smoke, it is safest to smoke outside, away from baby.
  • Breastfeed your baby where possible, for as long as possible
  • Have regular Well Child checks with your Plunket Nurse, doctor or other Well Child provider
  • Immunise your baby - as well as protecting your child against nasty diseases, some research has shown that babies who are immunised have a lower incidence of SIDS.
  • Don't sleep in the same bed as your baby, especially if you smoke. Baby is safest in his/her own cot or bassinette.
  • Put baby to bed with his/her feet at the end of the cot. This will help to stop baby from wriggling underneath the blankets.
  • There are also a variety of products designed to help protect against SIDS, ranging from baby monitors and cradle alarms, to sleep wraps and sleeping bags that stop your baby rolling over in his or her sleep. For more information about these products talk to your midwife, Plunket Nurse, or local baby goods retailer.
Most importantly, trust your judgement as a parent. If you feel that something is not right with your baby, take him/her to the doctor.