So your baby was a great sleeper until they reached 4 months. “She slept so well and then those 5 hour stretches went to hourly and now I don’t know what to do, even the naps in the day time seems to have gone to pot…”
These are the words I hear often when a family get in touch with me and please know you are not alone. What is happening here is actually a wonderful thing, even though it is ever so exhausting...
It is a sign that your baby has reached a milestone and is developing and that is surely a positive thing!
This is the one right, we all think babies just sleep all day long and are quite happy to do so but in reality it is not so true all the time. Certainly in the first few weeks this may be the case but as they get older, the weeks turn into months and now your new-born is say 8 weeks old, perhaps she is not sleeping as easily as she did even just even a week ago.
Babies change so fast, this first year is when they do the most growing, developing and learning ever. Just 1 week may make all the difference in sleep and perhaps it is not so easy to get them to nap anymore.
So we know they need sleep but how do we help them along if they are refusing and struggling to fall asleep?
Here I am going to explain some ways for you to try to help support your baby to nap.
I am often asked " Rach, what are your best tips for new-born sleep"? Babies just sleep heaps when they are born right and we don’t need to do much – or do we?
You’re expecting, it is your 1st and you have no idea what you need to do in preparation for the upcoming arrival of your little one. It is a daunting world of products and advice out there and no doubt you have been given a heap of advice from family and friends and are just now confused on what to have and what you actually need..?
Well don't fear, here in this week’s blog I will help you understand what is needed with my 5 top tips for the 4th trimester!
I have also invited some great advice from Rachel from Barefoot Birthing. We recently did a live on IGTV to discuss these topics pulling from personal and professional experiences. If you would like to watch this session jump over to www.instagram.com/barefoot_birthing/ on Instagram and it is there in the IGTV.
Congratulations on the birth of your new-born! You have waited a long time to meet your new edition and now they are suddenly here! Can you believe it?
I am sure many of you have bought many books, been to the classes and read many articles and joined mum groups and still feel slightly overwhelmed by this massive life changing event that has just happened.