Track Your Baby’s Milestones — Sleep

When bubba refuses to go down for the count, don’t take it lying down ― do something about it!

If you thought you’d lost sleep over various aches and pains when you were pregnant, getting sufficient shuteye as a new mum is w..a..y tougher. Now that your little one is here, establishing a bedtime routine, waking for night feeds and resolving naptime struggles are some of the things you will need to grapple with. Here’s how: 

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* Typically, newborns sleep about 16 hours in a day, waking                     every two to four hours for milk feeds during the day and night.

* Besides yawning, signs like having difficulty focusing, fluttering her eyelids and jerky arm and leg movements will show that baby’s ready to nod off.

* Being consistent in keeping to a bedtime routine calms your kewpie and lets her know what to expect. Try this: Start with a warm bath, then feed and burp her before laying her down to sleep for the night.

* While bubba will likely feel more secure sleeping on her tummy, it can increase her risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which happens most commonly in children between 2 and 4 months old. So, make sure you put your sweetie to sleep on her backs.

6 to 12 months

* By 6 months, most babies would have been weaned off night feeds and should sleep through the night.

* However, they might experience sleep regression — waking up for brief periods at a time at night — due to separation anxiety. They will also recognise that even though you might be out of sight, you are never far from them.

* Video monitors can help you keep an eye on him if he does wake up at night. If you have to visit his room, keep it short. To soothe his crying, don’t pick him up or feed him, try giving him a back rub instead.

* Teething pain could be keeping him up at night, applying teething gels can soothe his irritated gums. Put a small amount on some clean gauze before rubbing it on baby’s gums.

 Click to learn about your kiddo’s sleep patterns after he turns 1…