It’s always a good idea and good practice for you to put your baby on their back to sleep, no matter what their age is but ESPECIALLY in the first 3 months.
Babies who are between 0-3 months have not mastered the skill of rolling over on their own, and their neck and back muscles are not strong enough to hold up or change their head’s position to take in oxygen and breathe properly when they are on their tummy.
The best way to do this is to swaddle your newborn. Not only will it give the snug and safe effect to lessen the startle reflex, the swaddle will keep your baby safe from rolling over.
But when your baby is in the 4-6 months range, this is when most babies are able to roll over themselves.
At this age, even though you see that they prefer to sleep on their tummy, always put them down in the cot or bed on their backs. When they roll over themselves, then simply allow your baby to sleep on their tummy.
She likely also has the muscle control and neurological...
When the usual lullaby or pre-bedtime snuggles don’t work, here are a few reliable tips for moms and dads when you want to quickly lull your child to sleep
Enforce a regular (early) bedtime
Having a bedtime that’s about the same very day (including weekends) can be very helpful to assist your baby to fall asleep quickly. That’s because the circadian rhythm and body clock work in favour of this. Falling asleep from the end of a bedtime routine in 15-20 minutes is a healthy range.
2. Create the ideal sleep environment
The bedroom environment should make them feel comfortable, safe, relaxed and sleepy.
Sound: You could use white noise or a lullaby in the background
Sight: You could have the bedroom completely dark using blackout curtains/blinds or opt for night light. Make sure to use a warm coloured night light and placed away from your baby’s sleeping place.
Smell: Use a lovey that has mummy’s scent or diffuse calming essential oils. ...
Ahh baby sleep and their forever changing pattern. Just when you think you got it all figured out, their sleep pattern changes again.
What gives, right?
Well, your baby goes through the most rapid and number of growth + development in the first 2 years of their life.
With all that brain and motor development and the excitement that comes with new developmental skills, it’s no wonder their sleep gets affected by it.
In my FB live in our free community of Rhythm of Parenting, I covered this topic to summarize all the common sleep regression points, what to look out for, how to manage them and how long you need to ride it out.
In the Rhythm of Parenting FB community, a couple of moms asked this question because one of them just had her second baby and the other one is thinking of trying for a second one soon, but she has fears about what that would be like having two little babies so close in their age gap.
So the topic in this FB live was about what you can do to prepare your first child for the arrival of the new sibling and what NOT to say.
Here is the summary from that FB live:
Depending on his age, you can prepare him by reading books, showing pictures, role-playing with dolls, or simply talking about the coming event.
Don’t say his new sibling will be his playmate because he will be disappointed when he discovers that the baby can’t do much. He won’t understand “in future” as he doesn’t have any understanding of time yet.
Be prepared that your child will still feel angry and resentful. Show plenty of love and attention esp 1:1 time. 10-15 mins is good...
Bedtime problem can cause huge frustration for parents with toddlers. Toddlers here I mean from the ages between 1 and 3 years old.
What are the top 3 causes to bedtime problems?
Unrealistic bedtime – parent wants the child to fall asleep at a certain time but it’s probably too early because nap was taken too late during the day. An appropriate bedtime varies from one toddler to another. It depends on what time the child wakes up for the day, their activity level, whether or not they are still taking naps and if they have parents who come home from work late. In general, 8-9.30pm is the norm in our culture. Setting limit here is to change your expectation when bedtime should be.
Naps – The younger your toddler is in the age range, the more likely they need a nap ranging from 1.5-2 hours. But if you have a toddler who’s on the older range at 3yo, some may still need a nap at most 1 hour and some completely drop the naps altogether. By capping the...
The following question is one of the most common questions I get from new clients and while I’m sleep coaching my clients.
My baby has been self settling himself to sleep since he was a wee baby and he has been sleeping really well. He’s now 2 years old and other than occasional travel overseas and adjusting to jet lag, there hasn’t been much change to his environment or routine. Nowadays though, he screams bloody murder when I place him in the cot. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what could be causing this sleep to get so disrupted. Is this normal for a 2 year old?
My answer: Yes, that sounds very normal for children not just for 2yo but at any age as they are continuously developing and going through a number of changes. They’re also sorting out in their brain of their new experiences.
As a sleep coach/consultant, I would investigate the root cause of why and when this started. To be honest, sometimes I can’t help my client to pinpoint...
Most new parents feel that their pediatrician knows everything there is to know about babies and children. Well they should, in medical and health issues. And parents should get their pediatrician’s or a health professional’s advise on those areas.
However, it’s not a well known fact but pediatricians get VERY little training on child sleep. They are under-skilled and under-equipped to give you any specific advise other than telling you that they need to sleep this much, nap how many times, and that’s it usually.
I’m not putting them down here. I LOVE and respect all my kids’ pediatricians and without them, my kids won’t be as healthy and taken care of so well when they were sick.
I’m merely pointing out the fact that they’re not the best people to ask for baby sleep advice.
Case in point: I had a pediatrician who emailed me and reached out where she could get more training.
You’ve probably read all about them – 4 months, 6 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years sleep regressions.
According to these claims, babies tend to go through sleep regressions around these timelines in their first two years of life. So they give a lot of examples of why your baby who used to sleep so well or take good naps is now up all night and refusing to go down for a nap.
In my experience, there are a few reasons why babies “regress” in their sleep:
new motor skills that their body just wants to practice all day and all night that affect their sleep just a little
their wakefulness period is longer so they are in nap transition
a new or old sleep habit is introduced to the way they go to sleep
new sibling or stress in the family dynamics
And these reasons could happen at ANY time and just so happen, coincide with the sleep regression timeline. It’s hardly got to do with the age specific reason.
Q: Did your toddlers resist bedtime? And how long will this phase last? We have had to stay in the room or bring our 2yo daughter into bed. She refuses to get into the cot, tries several delaying tactics – keep asking for milk top ups, make us get this get that… then when she finally gets in she will scream and stand.
I have a 2 year old too so I KNOW what this mom is talking about. I’ve done the 2 year old stage twice before as well.
Even though they are stubborn, defiant, and bossy, they are just so cute and funny. 2 year old is my favourite age to parent and to work with hands down!
How do we tackle this bedtime resistance?
What I’ve come to realise when it comes to eliciting cooperation from a toddler is to first give them what they want.
What do toddlers this age want? Number one, they want connection and our attention. They demand this, in fact.
You’re not gonna believe it, but this is the secret sauce.