- Use a dummy to settle your baby at the beginning of his sleep, it can reduce the risk of cot death. If you are breastfeeding wait till you baby is about 2- 4 weeks and breastfeeding is well established.
- Always try to put your baby down to sleep awake, so they learn to self soothe and get used to their surroundings.
- Make sure your baby’s room isn’t too hot. An ideal temperature is around 18°C.
- Put in place a regular evening routine so your baby picks up on sleep associations (for example, a bath, a massage, feed and bed). Try to make this routine transferable, so that it can remain the same when you go away for the night.
- Have a ‘sleep phrase’ that you use whenever settling your baby e.g gentle shushing, ‘ night night’, ‘sleepy byes’, you can use your babies name in the phrase too.
- Don’t worry if your baby grizzles when you put him down to sleep, leave them for a few minutes, if they start to cry try to resettle them, try not to pick them up, just use your sleep phrase and put your hand on their body, when they are quiet leave the room again . Repeat this process till they are asleep.
- Maximize the differences between daytime naps and overnight sleep.
- Swaddling can help babies sleep for longer.
For more information
- Night Nannies Expert Advice