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In this basic time line you can learn the best and recommended times for your child to have a nap, eat and go to bed . This time line will be changing as your child grows and the naps suddenly will be reduce until they end n just one NAP at mid day (around 12-15 months).
Also bare in mind that the newborns have feeding times during the night, but essentially by 6 months you want to achieve a routine similar to this time line.
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Is your kid an early riser?
It has been proven by any of us that here in Australia many Kids become an early riser as summer days hit this side of the hemisphere and you wonder why this happens. Some regions understand and have accepted and every summer they change the clock to summertime, this helps to make use the daylight more efficiently and if you think it is logic in sense of sleep.
Our bodies follow circadian rhythms and are just logical that when the body receives some sort of light since noise and change of temperature it feels like waking time. This especially for younger kids and babies.
So here are some tips to make easy those early waking times.
· Move bedtime earlier 15-30 minutes
· Make sure the windows or room remains dark as possible in the morning
· Hot? make sure the room is ventilated
· If you hear a call in the morning before a reasonable waking time, wait a few minutes before responding.
· If you have a kid under 3-keep it in the cot-wait the longest possible, he/she may resettle without help (make sure room is dark) If there is a window and they can see daylight is more likely they don’t want to sleep back.
· If you have a kid sleeping in a bed- reward to staying bed until the desired time
· Place a digital clock and teach the number to recognize, so that means is time to get up.
· If still dark and he is waking up, after waiting: go to room explain that is not the time to get up and try to resettle.
· If none of the above work for you-then is time to reinstate a mid-day NAP
If you have any questions or need a hand for any of these situations, please call or email always happy to help.
Direct Approach: “Crying out Method"
They majority of mums have a fear of sleep training with the help of a Sleep consultant, they fear the crying out method. This method is NOT used by Zzleep my baby, however I will explain the science behind it.
In the Sleep Consultant circle this method is known by the “extinction” and is based on Ignoring the cry or call of your baby this is the most difficult for parents and especially for the mum if she still breast feeding, as she won’t know with certainty if the baby is hungry.
When this method is applied the crying in a baby will increase, and if is the technique chosen by the family is necessary to have an action plan and routine in place for the consistency and effectiveness.
Surveys have demonstrated that lots of families still using this approach due to advise by other parents or as the last resort, especially when they don’t know about the existence of the professionals in the field, Zzleep my baby can help you with gentle techniques for the baby and the mother.
Liliana Amaro-Sleep consultant.
- Establish a regular sleep time for your baby.
- Create a consistent, enjoyable and short bed routine.
- Avoid feeding your baby to sleep. If necessary feed him earlier.
- Put your baby to bed drowsy but awake, this will encourage him to fall asleep independently. A baby that can self-soothe to sleep at bed time, will be able to do it at any time during the night.
Mus that follow routines will be able to enjoy a more predictable and balanced life style.
Step 1: Choose an early bedtime.
The best time to put your baby or toddler to bed is sometime between 6 and 8 o'clock in the evening. This ensures that your child will
be able to get solid 11-13 hours of sleep during the night. (And yes... that is how much sleep children should be getting every night
up until the age of about 10.)
Step 2: Put your child to sleep in the same place every night.
Whether your child has a room of their own or shares a room with parents or siblings, it's important that you put your son or daughter
to sleep in the same place every night (and for naps during the day as much as possible.) Putting your child to bed in a familiar place
lets them know they are safe and that they are in a place where sleep is expected of them.
Step 3: Create a predictable bedtime routine.
Consistency and predictability are really important to babies and toddlers. When they know what to expect at bedtime, it makes it
*much* easier for them to make the transition from waking to sleeping - and that's why creating a bedtime routine is so important!
A good example of a bedtime routine might be something like this:
6:20 p.m. Bath time
6:35 p.m. Put on pyjamas
6:40 p.m. Nursing or bottle (NOTE: Do NOT let your child fall asleep while feeding!)
6:55 p.m. Story or songs
7:00 p.m. Into cot or bed
Your bedtime routine shouldn't take more than about 45 minutes, and it's VERY important that the routine is the same every single
night. The repetition and predictability are what let your child know that he or she will soon be expected to fall asleep.
Step 4: Put your baby to bed AWAKE!
If you've been rocking, nursing, or otherwise soothing your baby to sleep, this is going to seem like a tough one... but it's actually the
most important step! It's only by letting your baby fall asleep WITHOUT your help at bedtime that he or she can learn the skills
necessary to stay asleep through the night.
Step 5: If your baby wakes up during the night, wait a few minutes before intervening.
Everyone - babies and adults alike - will actually wake up several times every night. For most adults, these waking are so brief that
we don't even remember them the next morning. However, many babies will immediately start to fuss or cry when they wake up.
This is simply because they haven't learned how to fall asleep on their own. If a baby has been nursed or rocked to sleep at bedtime
since birth, it's not surprising that they wouldn't know how to fall asleep independently. The good news is that many babies can figure
out how to get back to sleep within just a few minutes of waking up in the night!
If your child continues to fuss or cry for more than a few minutes, you'll want to go in and offer some comfort, but it's important to let
your child do the work of falling back to sleep. You can speak softly to your child and do some gentle rubbing or patting, but you should
avoid picking your child up and rocking or nursing back to sleep.
So there you have it... the 5 most important things you need to know about getting your child to sleep through the night. Of course, it's
important to keep in mind that every child is a little different - there's no "magic formula" that will work 100% of the time for every baby!
My passion and profession is to help parents like you, developing customised plans for solving child’s sleep problems.
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MAGIC SLEEP TABLE
NAP TIME (HRS)
TOTAL SLEEPPER DAY (HRS)
1 or 2
1 - 2
1 or 1.5
The following list & tips are for travelling with kids under 5 years of age
If you are travelling overseas on a flight longer than 6 hours this list & tips can be useful for you.
If you have a breastfeeding baby, this is the best time for you to travel as the baby only needs you and if they are a good sleeper, you won’t have any issues especially if your flight is overnight. I do recommend to sleep train your baby at least 4 weeks before travelling. (www.zzleepmybaby.com)
Travelling with a baby that is less than 1 year old is highly recommended, more if they are not crawling yet as they are more likely to sleep most of the trip, some airlines offer a bassinette, make sure you book it or ring the airline to make sure you get one.
If you have a toddler that is 2+ years of age, they are more likely to have their own seat on the plane, so this trip will be more pleasant for you. You will need to pay for a ticket, though.
If you have a toddler age between 1-2years this is when I will suggest avoiding long trips. It is more likely that you don’t get a bassinette as there is a weight and length restriction, also if they are travelling free you won’t get a seat for them, so you will be ready to have them on your lap. Many airlines don’t allow anyone to sleep on the floor of the plane so please don’t see this as an option. This age is the most difficult as your child will be mobile, heavy and noisy. If you are lucky and it’s not a busy flight, you may get an extra seat.
Prams are allowed and welcome all the way to the gate, they need to be tagged at the check in but let me warn you that they are treated very bad and thrown around so don’t be surprised if it is broken or scratched.
When travelling with kids, packing can be a challenge especially if there is a difference in the weather, I recommend to make a list and pack with a lot of anticipation (1 week).
Note: some airlines have nappies, baby food and toys, some don’t announce it but they are prepared.
☐ Napies-1 per every 2hrs of travel
☐ 2 Full changes of clothes
☐ 2 Burping cloths if breastfeeding
☐ Powder milk or formula in an air tight container to shake. I recommend Tupperware sippy cups.
☐ Wet Wipes (40).
☐ If you are using a bassinette I recommend something to cover the face of the baby from the light of the screens.
☐ A set of headphones for a child as the aeroplanes ones are more likely to not fit properly.
☐ A good travel pillow is highly recommended for toddlers, can also be used for breastfeeding support.
Changing nappies on board is easy!!
☐ Have a changing pack: small bag with nappies, rash cream, tissue, 1 or 2 nappies, wet wipes, changing mat is good too
☐ There is usually toilets with changing table - it is big enough so don’t panic
☐ Don’t stress and just think is like any other changing table
☐ Hold baby with one hand if you feel a turbulence and hold yourself.
☐ If you are travelling at night time, you won’t need many changes
TRAVELLING WITH TODDLER AND BABY
☐ Ask for a window seat for the toddler, this will allow him/her to have a rest on the side rather than on you.
☐ If you are on a long flight you can select your seats and definitely recommend the side ones.
☐ If you are travelling overnight, don’t worry about the toilet trips because if your baby sleeps well your Baby won’t need many changes and if you are alone and your toddler is sleep just call the air attendant and they will watch your toddler for you.
☐ Get some treats for your toddler and reward the good behaviour.
☐ Make sure your toddler has a nap the day that you are travelling as unexpected delays can keep you at the airport gate longer than expected if your baby sleeps well you won’t have any issues as she/he is more likely to be asleep most of the time.
Now enjoy your trip and your experience!
Before introducing any medication to a baby I would suggest to analyse the following questions and if you have specific answers for all of them, perhaps medication is the right path for your baby.
-How the reflux diagnosis was made?
-Has the doctor given you a time frame for the medication to work and “cure the baby”?
-Are you aware of all the side effects of medication in babies?
-If your baby is on medication, have you seen any improvements?
-How many types of medication are you using and why?
-Have you increased the doses of medication before any improvements?
-Do you know that most babies outgrow reflux after 4 months?
If your baby ticks more than 7 from the following list then you can consider this as a chronic Reflux case.
1. Is not eating
2. Is not gaining wait.
3. Each feed baby arches his back.
4. Irritated throat.
5. Struggling to feed properly.
6. Bad breath from stomach acids.
7. Not sleeping well.
8. Recurrent ear infections.
9. Has asthma.
10. Has eczema.
11. Crying for hours.
12. Projectile vomit.
If your questions can’t be answered easily and your baby scores less than 7 from the list above then the following tips can help you to pass the mild reflux stage of your baby
Tips to pass the mild Reflux stage
*Feeding by demand is the common cause for overfeeding, vomiting the extra milk is the result.
1. Establish a feeding routine.
2. Feed baby after waking up.
3. After every feed maintain the baby in vertical position for approx. 20 mins.
4. Lie baby slightly upright in bed
5. Check that the nappy is not too tight
6. If breastfed, check mums diet to avoid too much food that contains acid like chocolate, tomatoes, strawberries, lots of fat, coffee, etc.
7. Avoid lack of sleep - Gastro system not functioning properly.
8. Check that baby is not swallowing too much air (aggressive eating)
9. Burping after feeds.
10. Check for delayed maturation of gastrointestinal track (if baby is premature).
11. Check for the over-reactive letdown.
I hope the information above was helpful, if you have any concerns, questions or wish to have a chat, please do not hesitate in contacting me, my details are on at the top of each page.
Certified Sleep Consultant.
The information above is Not Medical Advice. The advice you receive from me is for informational purposes only and is intended for use with common early childhood sleep issues that are wholly unrelated to medical conditions. My advice is NOT intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified health practitioner regarding any matters that may require medical attention or diagnosis, and before following the advice and using the techniques described in the provided information. Reliance on any information provided by Liliana Amaro is solely at your own risk.
Before beginning with naps is very important to answer the following questions and have very clear that the naps will be predictable and constant once the night sleep has consolidated and without dramas. If your baby doesn’t sleep well during the night is a warranty that the naps will be occasional, with different duration, this means that won’t be routine and your day will be difficult.
One solid night of sleep in babies from 0-3 months is when they sleep in 4 hr blocks, and if the baby is older than 4 months 6 hours is the Ideal sleep length and for babies from 6 months, 8 hrs or more.
The key questions are.
1. How many naps you baby need during the day?
2. What is the minimum duration of this naps?
You can check on our website the “Magic Sleep Table” this shows and an average of sleep length for the babies and kids up to 5 years.
If your nights are good but your day naps are all over the place, this is the right information that will help you to get on the right track to establish the predictable naps. Remember your baby is developing and sleep is needed it as eating. The parents need to learn that sleep for a baby is vital need at day and night.
How to achieve an effective nap
1. Put your child to sleep in the same place;
Putting your child to bed in a familiar place lets them know they are safe and that they are in a place where sleep is expected of them.
2. Before beginning the Nap create a relaxing and fresh atmosphere.
Is a very important cue for those babies that are more than 6 moths up to 4 years of age. Is advisable to close the curtains, put soft music, in hot places a Fan can work and temperature of 21°. Television is not advisable.
3. Put your baby to sleep in a Dark place.
This is very important if the nights of your baby are good nights, this is the key to stimulating the sleep during the day. Darkness activates the hormone called “melatonin”. Don’t worry if you cannot stay at home during the day, a jumper, the dark fabric can help you to block the light away from your babies face.
4. Create a predictable routine.
A short routine is advisable, will be the indication for your baby that is time to nap.
-9:00 put in cot awake
5. Wait a few minutes before intervening
If your baby makes a noise before completing 1 hrs nap, do not respond immediately, give him the chance to get back to sleep.
This are the 5 basic steps to achieve longer and constant naps, if you have any doubts or wish to implement a routine for your baby or toddler do not hesitate in contacting me to begging soon
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