In the early months, it’s important to be flexible and respond to babies’ needs. Three things can help with baby sleep and settling: make night and day different, put baby to bed drowsy but awake, and try a flexible routine. These things can lay the foundations for independent settling and sleep later on.Baby sleep and settling in the early months: what to expect
In the first 6 months of life, babies need to wake at night to feed. They have little tummies, so they need to feed often during the day and night to get enough food for growth and development.
Emphasising the difference between night and day
Putting babies to bed drowsy but awake
Babies, children and adults all have sleep associations. Sleep associations help us go to sleep and go back to sleep when we wake in the night. Baby sleep associations might include being in the cot, being rocked, being patted and using a pacifier. It’s completely fine to rock or feed your baby to sleep if this sleep association suits your baby and you. But if your baby gets upset when they wake in the night, it could be worth thinking about their sleep associations.
Starting a sleep routine
Safe sleeping practices can help you minimise the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). These practices include sleeping your baby on their back, making sure your baby’s head is uncovered during sleep, and sharing a room with your baby for the first year of life, or at least for the first 6 months.
Cradle cap is the oily, scaly crust that babies sometimes get on their scalps, in their body folds and on their torsos. Although cradle cap looks uncomfortable, it doesn’t usually bother your baby. READ MORE