Feeding to sleep
‘Mother Nature has designed milk to contain lacto-opioids that help the baby fall asleep so use that to your advantage, feed to sleep as often as you can for those first six months. In time, the baby is able to handle their lacto-opioids and they grow out of being fed to sleep’
If your baby is slightly older (5-6 months) and you want to move them away from sleeping in the pram or sling, then Claire’s top tip is to buy an exercise ball. ‘Bouncing on the ball emulates walking much better than rocking a baby. Over the period of many weeks, slow down the bounce when you’re soothing for each sleep to the point where you’re no longer bouncing and you’re just using a gentle rock as your starting point.’ Then you will eventually be able to phase out using the ball altogether.
Here are some signs to be aware of:
• The first yawn
• Starting to fuss
• Losing interest, looking away or going quiet
• Waving arms and legs. If the baby starts to touch their eyes they have reached over tiredness, so look out for any upward movements of their arms.
By getting to know what these cues are and working on responding to your baby’s signs you will start to develop a routine.
It is so important to be aware of safe sleep guidelines and the best place to keep up to date with this information is by visiting the Lullaby Trust Website .
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