Babies love to sleep, eat, repeat. Right? Except the sleep can be quite a bit of work, sometimes. There’s no magic formula but try these baby sleep tips from the list below and you might find you are helping baby sleep and you get a bit of rest too.
Sep 22, 2020
Figure out a baby sleep routine for both daytime and night-time. Bright lights and activity in the day, and dim lights and baths in the evening. They should know what to expect over time.
Consider incorporating a bedtime routine at around three months old if one isn’t already established.
Try not to overstimulate in the evenings. Use soft voices and make less eye contact during night sleep times. Even if baby wakes up to play.
Try not to tiptoe around a sleeping baby. While differentiating between day and night is helpful, silence in the house could turn them into a light sleeper when they go anywhere else for naps.
Try to get baby used to napping out and about while young. They have a few years of napping ahead so it will be better if they get used to going with the flow a bit.
Get a cool, breathable cover for the baby buggy for naps on the go.
Try white noise. It’s said to remind them of the womb and help them relax. Look for apps or go on YouTube.
Watch out for certain sleep crutches. Rocking might work now, but soon they’ll be a lot heavier and might expect it every night.
Try gradually weaning them off cuddle/rocking time before a sleep association is established. Go from rocking to a rhythmic pat and "shhh" to sleep. Once that works, next time decrease the number of pats and "shhhs". Eventually you will be able to put baby down and walk away with this gradual approach. It’s a chance for baby to learn to self-soothe.
Learn to recognize baby’s signs of sleepiness. If they’re yawning, stretching, or rubbing eyes and ears, it’s probably a good time to try for a sleep.
Try blackout blinds for night-time sleeps.
Understand that every baby is different. What works for some may not work for others.
Talk to someone if things get too difficult. Remember you can only do so much.
Talk to a doctor if sleep deprivation becomes an issue.
Try and split feeds with your partner or ask a friend or relative for help so it’s not always you getting up in the night.
Consider a night nurse or a nanny if you need some rest and don’t have other support.
Remember, your baby will eventually sleep through the night—there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
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The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.
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