After talking sleep and sleep essentials with our Baby Basics Mamas & Walmart.ca – we got around to the nitty gritty with our sleep consultant. Here are your top four sleep questions answered!
“My baby was sleeping through the night and then she got sick – and now she is up every 2 hours and will only settle if I feed her. How do I get her to sleep through the night again?”
When a baby is sick, I say do whatever you need to do to help them feel better. Once they are better then give them a chance to sleep again. They might wake up a few times, but if they were able to return to sleep without your help before – don’t go in, leave them and they will remember how to sleep again.
“At what age can I sleep train my baby?”
I don’t recommend sleep training before your baby is 4 months old – and that is calculated from their estimated due date. Their biological clock is still maturing for the first 4 months, so although you might be ready, they aren’t. Up until 4 months of age, help your baby sleep. The key is to do what you need to do to keep them well rested and well fed so that at 4 months they are ready to learn.
“What is a dream feed and how do I know when I should stop feeding during the night?”
A true dream feed happens before you go to bed (usually around 10-11pm). You would go to your baby and feed them while they are asleep. If they wake up and you go to feed them, or if you feed them and they wake up – then it is not a dream feed.
If you are unsure about whether or not your baby needs to be fed during the night, ask your doctor. If there are no medical concerns, and you are ready to drop the feeds then you can do it.
“I just transitioned my baby from her bassinet to her crib. She naps well in her crib but seems to hate it at bedtime. What do I do?”
That is great that she loves it for naptime. Be patient and consistent with the nights and she will be sleeping long stretches in no time. If she is under 4 months, help her out. Try standing by the crib and placing your hand on her tummy – or using your words to soothe her. If she cannot settle, pick her up and help her fall asleep. If your baby is over 4 months, find a sleep training method that you are comfortable with and respond to her wakings with that method. Make sure that her crib is safe and clear of blankets, stuffed animals and bulky bumper pads.
BIO: This blog was written by Jamie Contarini, Certified Sleep Consultant with Good Night Sleep Site Halton and Proud Mama of two boys.