BABIES 3-6 MONTHS

 

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Your tiny precious bundle is 3 months old...you've survived the first 3 months of newborn insanity!  We all know that newborns wake a lot in the night, but over the 3 to 6 months stage you may be keen to build great sleep habits and slowly encourage longer stretches of night sleep.

A lot of questions come up during this stage, particularly around when you can drop night feeds and how to encourage your baby to sleep through the night.  Some babies still need several night feeds and others are happy with just a dreamfeed....all babies are different and never more so than during this amazing stage!

Catnapping can be a huge cause of stress for parents during this stage, it can feel you are spending your entire day either settling baby for a nap or trying to get baby to resettle.

We hope you find our information on this stage useful and that you find tips that fit well with your parenting philosophy. For further advice and to connect with our free sleep coaches make sure you join our Sleep Support Group for 4-12 month olds, you can find the link here

 

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Resettling Techniques

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When your baby is a newborn, a feed is usually offered for every night waking as the first option.  Our midwives tell us or we read about how babies tummies are tiny and they need regular feeds. So any time our precious newborn squeaks, our first option is to feed, day or night!

However as your baby moves beyond the newborn stage, its well worth knowing that not every night waking automatically means your baby is hungry. There are many reasons babies are awake or unsettled in the night, a hungry tummy is just one of those reasons. 

Yes your baby will always be happy to take the breast or bottle and for many parents they are happy to use feeding as their go to resettling technique. Babies often settle most quickly with a feed and everyone is back to sleep pretty quickly.

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