How to get your baby asleep and settled.

Advice from leading Australian sleep expert, Natalie Herman.

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With a beautiful nursery set up, it’s time to find a healthy sleep routine for your baby. Below is a helpful checklist of the main things you can do in order to help get your little one settled and sleeping well.

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Watch your baby’s sleep window

In general, you should be making sure you put your baby down every 1 - 2 hours (including feeding them). From three months onward, this can be stretched to 1.5 - 2.5 hours.

Implement a nap routine

Babies thrive on a consistent routine, as it makes them feel safe and secure. Develop a set of rituals and repeat these each time you put your baby down for a nap. A good routine may include feeding, changing, cuddling, saying goodnight to whomever is in the house, and playing some relaxing white noise, before taking them to their room for sleep.

Give them a comforter

When it is safe to do so, (from no earlier than four months), give your baby a snuggly comforter before each nap and nighttime sleep. This will give them something to attach to and will also act as a sleep cue.

Minimum one of their sleeps are

In their crib during the day.
The more regularly you put your baby to sleep in their crib, the quicker they will learn and understand that this is their dominant sleep space.

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Don’t overstimulate your baby with activity

It can be very tempting to be out all day at different activities, but try to limit it to once or twice a day maximum. This way, you ensure they are getting enough nap time.

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Be consistent in the way you settle your baby to sleep

From three months of age, try to focus on developing only a few methods of getting your baby to sleep so they do not become confused and reliant on too many different techniques.

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Make sure your baby’s room is dark and quiet

It is a good idea to prepare their room this way each time they go to sleep both during the day and at night.

Implement a bedtime routine each night at the same time, with the same set of rituals

You can begin a regular bedtime routine straight away. It is a good way to get your baby calm and settled just before putting them to sleep.

Feed your baby well during the day to boost their calories

Ensuring you are feeding your baby well during the day will help them sleep better at night. If you are breastfeeding, make sure that you also eat well, so your milk supply is at its highest.

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January 2017