This is the question that every exhausted parent asks themselves in those early weeks of sleep deprivation with their new baby. Sadly there is no magic answer to this question. Every baby is different as is everyone’s parenting style. Parents and health care professionals can sometimes be divided between baby led parenting I.e. Feeding on demand, essentially not really looking for any kind of routine and the parents who would prefer some structure and routine for their baby. There is no right or wrong answer. It’s important that you decide which path suits your family dynamic?
In my experience I firmly believe that babies love routine as we do in everyday life and finding the right balance between feeding sleeping and wake time is a positive step towards helping your baby sleep through the night. This can be achieved by beginning some structure from day one. However it’s important to remember that if you would like to breast-feed then for the first couple of weeks you need to feed every couple of hours to help build up your milk supply.
5 positive steps to help your baby successfully sleep at night
- Include a dream feed (10.30pm) as part of your baby’s routine
- Swaddle your baby from birth and continue for 10/12 weeks
- Encourage you baby to daytime nap with family life
- 7pm-7am night time- low lighting and voices
- Three hourly feeds during the day and four hourly at night
We all love sleep…waking up refreshed and ready to start the day and your baby is no exception!