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Top 10 sleep tips

06-04-2011

Helping your baby to sleep through the night is a goal for most parents. Sleep disruption is so distressing for most mothers that the sooner your baby sleeps through the night, the better. Meg Faure, co-author of Baby Sense summarises the top 10 tips to help your baby sleep through the night. The tips are in no particular order but by implementing them all you should be in for a better nights sleep within a week. Safety Put your baby on his side or back to sleep on a firm mattress without any pillows or duvets to limit the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/ Cot death). Do not use duvets or...

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Q:Hi thereI wonder if you can help me please.  Our baby boy has suffered from colic since he was about 6 weeks old and is not quite over it yet at the age of 4 months. He is quite a big boy (7.8 kilograms) but tall ( almost 70 cm) rather than chubby. He drinks formula milk exclusively since 3 months (now about 180 ml x 5) and he has also started solids as well now, some cereal at about 8 am and some vegetables (butternut or sweet potato) at about 4 pm. He does get overstimulated during the day so since reading your book I have been putting him to bed after approximately hour and a half and it...

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As D-Day approaches, you no doubt prepared yourself mentally for your baby’s birth. Like many women, you may have joined antenatal classes as the ultimate preparation for the big day. But few, if any of us, get to attend classes preparing us with what to expect or how to manage in the first few weeks. This month on the happy days pages, Meg Faure looks at one sure way to calm your baby in the early days: SwaddlingIt may well come as a big surprise to you how much newborns cry and the one skill you will need is how to prevent crying and calm your fussing baby. Here are a few practical ideas to...

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Q: We have been swaddling her every night but now that it is very warm she is too hot wrapped up and wakes up continuously in a sweat. We have, therefore decided to stop swaddling her as she will anyway have to learn to sleep without being swaddled. We started this a week ago and the problem now is that we have to stand over her and hold her still when we put her down as she immediately rolls onto her back when left. She then begins talking to herself and will not fall asleep - she does not cry at all but it seems that she associates lying on her back with playtime because as soon as we put her back on...

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Meg Faure, Occupational therapist, co-author of Baby Sense and mother of three looks at the ancient art of swaddling and why it is an essential tool for nurturing young babies. In recent years research has indicated that babies who sleep on their tummies are more susceptible to cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). For this reason you have probably heard, you should put your baby on its back or side to sleep. Unfortunately many babies do not sleep as well on their backs as they do on their tummies. Is there anything we can do to improve our baby’s sleep in this position? Swaddling...

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