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Navigating the Night: A Holistic Approach to Managing Night Wakings

Welcoming a new member to the family is an incredible journey, but it comes with its share of sleepless nights. As a holistic baby sleep consultant, I understand the challenges you face when it comes to managing night wakings. Let's explore effective and nurturing strategies to ensure both you and your little one enjoy restful nights.

Understanding Night Wakings

First and foremost, it's important to recognise that night wakings are a normal part of a baby's sleep pattern. Babies wake up during the night for various reasons, including hunger, discomfort, or simply to seek comfort and reassurance. Instead of viewing night wakings as a problem, let's shift our perspective to see them as opportunities for connection and bonding. Newborns need to wake for their survival, to feed. 

Creating a Soothing Bedtime Routine

Establishing a calming bedtime routine is  important for managing night wakings. A consistent routine signals to your baby that it's time to wind down. Include activities such as a warm bath, gentle massage, or a quiet story. This routine helps your little one transition into a restful sleep, making night wakings less disruptive.

blue eyed baby looking at camera wrapped in white sheet

Responsive Settling

Responding promptly and lovingly to your bub’'s cries during the night is crucial for building trust and security, especially during the newborn phase. Attend to their needs with warmth and reassurance, whether it's a feeding, a nappy change, or simply offering a soothing touch. This responsive approach fosters a strong parent-child bond and helps your baby feel secure during the night.

Establishing Healthy Sleep Associations

Encourage positive sleep associations to help your baby self-soothe during night wakings. Introduce a comforter from 7 months of age, play continuous pink noise all night and use TOG rating sleeping bags. These associations bring comfort to your baby and help them to return to sleep quicker.

Maintaining a Comfortable Sleep Environment

Ensure your baby's sleep space is conducive to restful sleep. Keep the room comfortably cool (18-22ºC), use soft, breathable cotton bedding, and eliminate potential disruptions such as loud noises or excessive light. A comfortable sleep environment can minimise night wakings caused by discomfort.

Balancing Day and Night Feedings

For younger babies, night feedings are often necessary. Gradually, as your baby grows, you can work on creating a balance between daytime and nighttime feedings. Filling the tummy with calories during the day can contribute to longer stretches of sleep during the night. Just because your baby is 6 months old and has doubled their birth weight does not mean they no longer need overnight feeds. 

newborn baby breastfeeding

Seeking Support

Navigating night wakings can be challenging, and it's okay to seek support. Reach out to your partner, family, or friends for assistance, allowing you to take turns for nighttime settling. Additionally, connecting with other parents or seeking guidance from a sleep consultant can provide valuable insights and reassurance.

Embracing Flexibility

Remember that every baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Embrace flexibility in your approach, adjusting strategies based on your baby's cues and needs. Trust your instincts as a parent and be patient with the process.

Managing night wakings is a journey that requires patience, understanding, and a holistic approach. By creating a soothing bedtime routine, responding with warmth, establishing positive sleep associations, maintaining a comfortable sleep environment, and seeking support when needed, you can navigate night wakings with confidence. Embrace the beauty of nighttime bonding and cherish these precious moments with your little one, I promise you’re not the only one awake!

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