One of the Johnson's Baby Sense Seminar experts Meg Faure offers some advice on common sleep mistakes.
We stumble into first time parenting, with no manual on how to bring up our unique baby and make mistakes as we go along. A year down the line, we look back and say: “If only I had known how to ….!” Meg Faure, co-author of the bestselling Baby Sense, offers a warning on the Top Bedtime Boo Boo’s – the things you should avoid doing so that your baby’s sleep habits will develop well.
1. Feeding your baby to sleep
If you feed your baby to sleep every time you put him down he will begin to associate sleep with feeding and eventually as he approaches 9 months, may need to be fed every time he wakes at night. In the early days, sleepy newborns tend to fall asleep at the comfort of the breast. This is not a concern. Only from 4 months old will your baby begin to form habits. 2. Keeping your baby awake all day to help him sleep better at night
A common misconception; in fact nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, if your baby gets overtired during the day he is more 3. Using the dummy at night to get your baby to resettle without a feed
likely to wake at night.
Some babies start to sleep through the night before three months of age but when they are ready for solids begin to wake earlier each night. Instead of being tempted to put him back to sleep with a dummy, rather feed your baby when he wakes if more than 4 hours (for a baby over 4 months old) have passed. By using a dummy to coax him back to sleep, you could end up with a dummy-to-sleep habit at 9 months old.4. Waking your baby at 10pm in an attempt to avoid the 2am feed
The idea that you can influence your baby’s night sleep rhythm by waking him when it suits you sounds like wisdom, but in fact most babies are disrupted by this forced waking.
For more information on how to make the right decision for you and your baby join us at the 2014 Johnson’s Baby Sense Seminars taking place in:
Durban (16 Aug),
PE (23 Aug)
JHB (06 Sept) and
Cape Town (13 Sept).
Industry experts Meg Faure (occupational therapist and Baby Sense co-author), Sr Ann Richardson (specialist nurse practitioner, author and parent coach), Tina Otte (midwife and special editor of Your Pregnancy magazine) and Dr Claudia Gray (paediatric allergist) will be covering these essential parenting themes: stimulating your baby and toddler, your baby’s health, sleep solutions, calming and connecting with your newborn, birth with sense and newborn basics.
Over and above this expert advice and the chance to meet and mingle with other new and pregnant moms, each mom will leave with an amazing goodie bag worth over R800.
You also stand to win amazing prizes including a Stokke Scoot Travel System valued at R13 000, an Angelcare baby sound monitor, Medela breast pump, maternity and newborn photo shoots and other essentials for mom and baby.
For all seminar details and bookings visit www.babysense.com/talks-and-workshops or call (021) 671 3245.