Whether it’s short naps, settling them for a nap is taking longer than the actual nap, taking ages to settle at bedtime so you don’t have a meal or get to see your other half, or the despair of having a baby that wakes often in the night and can be awake for long periods of time wanting to party- many parents find getting their baby to sleep or keeping them asleep, really difficult.

This can all be really frustrating and difficult for the whole family! I’m going to guide you through different Sleep Settling (I don’t like the word ‘training’, it sounds like they’re in Baby Boot Camp!) techniques so you can see what works for you.

Here a few things to do before starting-

1. Before you start any type of Sleep Training, see your GP and get baby checked over. Make sure they aren’t suffering from any medical issues like reflux, cow’s milk protein allergy or other food allergies- many babies are either misdiagnosed with colic or just being a cry baby. Babies cry for a reason.

2. Put aside at least a week to dedicate to this task. You want baby to be in their cot for nap times for this to be successful. Babies that sleep in different places i.e. car seat/pram/sling will wake more often at night as the cot doesn’t move, and they need the feeling of motion to be able to get to sleep.

3.Make sure you have total blackout in the Nursery and in the pram. Darkness produces the sleepy hormone melatonin so will ensure your baby goes to sleep much more easily, and for longer. Light coming in from the top and sides of curtains can impact their sleep and even the light from the video monitor shining in the cot can wake them fully-so tape over the light.

4. Having a swaddle for your baby from birth will mean they still feel safe and snug like they were in the womb, just make sure it’s a light breathable material, that isn’t too tight over their hips and one that can’t go over their face – Try the brilliant Swaddle UP – this helps babies assume their natural position for sleeping.

5. Introduce a sleep aid that plays calming constant sound. This can encourage babies go to sleep more easily, help with self-soothing and also transitioning between light sleep phases so baby sleeps longer- this can also help with early morning waking’s. From 4 months your baby can have a comforter to hold – use a muslin square as that is the lightest most breathable material. Knot it in the middle so it can’t get wrapped around your baby.

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