Over the next couple of weeks we will talk about sleep.
Starting with babies, then children, teenagers and ending with parents.
When we bring that tiny bundle home from hospital we think they already are programmed to sleep. What we often don’t realise is that they don’t yet know what is day or night, we have to teach them that.
Sleep is the number one issue that parents seek support for. Just like adults’ babies go through 45-minute cycles, alternating a deep sleep with REM (rapid eye movement), when the brain is active and we tend to dream. Research shows that babies spend on average 50 to 60 per cent on their time asleep
In the first 6 weeks babies wake up at least twice through the night, this is because their stomachs can’t hold enough to sustain them longer than that. It starts off at around 2 or 3am and 5 or 6am and we work at stopping the 2am feed first. This usually takes at least 6 weeks and depends on your baby’s temperament and size amongst other factors.
I will cover some points for safe sleeping in this article but please send me any questions you have if you need any advice or have any concerns.
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