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There are three main reasons why a baby with a dummy wakes more frequently than one without. A baby with a dummy seems to find it harder to achieve a deep sleep, their intermittent sucking seems to disturb their sleep pattern. A baby who goes to sleep with a dummy will wake up expecting to suck, but if the dummy has fallen out the baby will shout out for you to come and put it in again.

Unfortunately, by the time you may decide to go in and replace the dummy, your baby is so awake, it is harder for her to get back to sleep, even when you have replaced the dummy.

They are over or under tired

I believe the constant sucking on the dummy tricks the body into thinking there is food coming, which causes them to digest their milk too fast and makes them hungrier than a baby without a dummy. Dummy use appears to reduce the risk of SIDS, however I feel when you look at the side effects of using a dummy the reasons to not use a dummy outweigh this fact. One major reason is babies who suck on dummies tend to be more prone to ear infections. Ear infections may bring on high fevers and the use of antibiotics which both have side effects of there own.

At first you again like with the dummy will not see the problem. You will rock your new baby to sleep and your baby will still sleep for long periods. But as with the dummy, when your baby starts to surface between sleep cycles the rocking will be needed again to get your baby back to sleep. I believe it is unfair to start a habit you are not going to continue.

What happens when your baby gets too heavy for you to rock? Yes you can go out and buy a rocking chair and sit in it while you rock your older baby to sleep, but remember when your baby is 12 months old you will be getting up four of five times to rock her back to sleep between sleep cycles.

Yes this could work, but what happens if you have a second baby before your first starts to self-settle? What happens if your 20 month old toddler and your 4 week old baby both need rocking at the same time? As you can see, at some point you will have to stop the rocking. But at what age will your new baby understand why you have stopped rocking her to sleep?

This is why I believe you should never start a habit such as rocking which will trigger a sleep problem. Feeding a baby to sleep is another trigger I come across quite often. When I ask parents if they put their baby down awake, they generally believe they do. In reality, she has been aided into slumber. Therefore, when she wakes during the night, she wants that same help to get back to sleep.

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I ask these parents to bring everything in the bedtime routine forward by 20 minutes and have some play time before they put there baby to bed. Often just making this little change and asking the baby to settle from wide awake causes the night waking to disappear. I have spent the last three years mostly doing my home visits in Australia, but for thirteen years before that I was in the UK.

The thing that amazes me most is the difference in how the two sides of the world dress their babies at night. In the UK parents put a lot more clothing on their babies at night, and I believe the temperature of their homes is actually warmer than the night time temperature in most of the homes I visit in Australia. In the UK they have a different type of central heating which keeps the house at a more even temperature throughout the night. I am not sure if it is even the warmth the babies like or if it is that with more layers on they feel cosier and more secure.

But I do know that the extra layers can stop babies from waking at night.

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I often go on home visits to homes where the parents are convinced their baby could not possibly be cold. Over and over again just trying this extra layer helps the baby to sleep all night. If your baby is cold at night, the waking normally happens at about am. The most important thing you need to do when moving house is make your baby or toddler, feel as safe and secure as possible.

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The easiest way to achieve this is to have your baby or toddler in a good feeding and sleeping routine. It is very important that your baby or toddler is in the same bed in the new house. So if you are not going to be able to set up the usual cot by the time your child has to have its first sleep in the new house, I recommend you put your baby in a travel cot and that you have had your baby or toddler sleep in it for the four nights prior to the move. It is very important that your baby or toddlers routine is the same coming up to bedtime.

Is your baby happy when she wakes?

If you usually give your baby her last feed then you need to do this. Place your baby in their crib awake. Avoid using your intervention at every sleep time such as rocking, feeding or holding. Keep your young baby swaddled for sleep. Most will transition out for the swaddle between four and six months.

Rule out hunger. You can experiment with scheduling feeds before sleep times instead of upon waking to rule out hunger as a cause for your child waking prematurely. The exception to this is babies with reflux. Get out in the sunshine every day. Natural sunlight exposure stimulates melatonin production sleep hormone and is essential for regulating sleep patterns. Attempt to resettle your baby if he or she wakes under 45 minutes. Between three to four months, 45 to 60 minutes is a realistic expectation for nap length. If your baby sleeps for less than 45 minutes , then you may attempt to resettle them back to sleep for a maximum of 20 minutes.

You may choose to hold your baby and listen as they cry or fuss, or use your presence and gentle validation as they remain in their sleep space.

Your chosen method of helping your baby feel safe will depend heavily on their needs in the moment i. Re-set their body clock. Rouse your child gently without waking him or her completely. The aim of this process is to extend the nap by assisting your child to transition into the next sleep cycle without waking them. This is most effective for children under 12 months. Because this is considered to be a behavioral method, long-term improvement to nap length cannot be guaranteed. Visited 2, times, 17 visits today. Share This. You May Also Like. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.