by Emma from little lullabies sleep solutions
Abi in Beeston asks: “My little boy is 3 months old, should I try to get him into a nap routine soon?”
Emma: “By following age appropriate wake windows you will automatically establish a rhythm for your babys day that flows rather than being set in stone. For a 3 month old the wake window (length of time between waking and next nap) is about 1hour 30 minutes.”
Paul in Nuthall asks: “How long do children go on waking during the night? My 2 year old still wakes a few times, and I think he should be sleeping through by now.”
Emma: “We all wake during the night for brief spells due to our sleep cycles however adults and children with good sleep habits have learnt how to resettle themselves. There can be many reasons a 2 year old wakes in the night; over tiredness, time to drop the daytime nap (sigh…) separation anxiety, reaching a developmental milestone such as potty training, environmental factors or reliance on something/someone to fall asleep in the first place.”
Poonam in Sherwood asks:“My 4 week old doesn’t sleep for very long. Less than an hour at a time, during the night or day. Is this normal? Should I feed him every time he wakes?
Emma: “This is completely normal. At 4 weeks you baby is very new to the world and you’re adjusting to your new role. However there are very gentle steps you can take to help your baby sleep longer when they’re ready.
“Clearly differentiate between day and night. Set up a simple short nap and bedtime routine. Avoid over stimulation and follow the appropriate wake window.
“Every baby’s sleep needs and patterns will continue to change as they grow and develop, so remember, sleepless nights won’t last forever. There are things you can do to help you and baby get into good sleep habits, like being aware of signs of tiredness during the day and being consistent with a bedtime routine.
Contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org
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