Sleeping and Settling

Here are some insights and key points to help understand why your baby might be unsettled:

  • Wind and or digestion discomfort - All babies have wind after feeding, but to what degree is variable.

  • There is also the possibility of allergies or a type of reflux which can take parents weeks to diagnose - seek advice earlier rather than later.

  • Over Stimulated Babies - Babies are often keep awake for too long in the early weeks and then are harder to settle as habits can form. Understanding how much in our environment stimulates our babies helps us to know why some babies cannot cope with too much in the early weeks of life.

  • Milk intake - The snowball effects of a baby who is not sleeping for long periods and is over-tired are that they often do not have the energy to feed well and therefore they are unsettled due to being hungry also. Mothers need rest and often supplements to help their bodies cope with the stress on the body. Milk production often needs to be worked on through good feeding habits and a recommended breast feeding diet.

  • Creating a routine - Many of today's mothers feel a lack of confidence through the lack of knowing what to predict when looking after a newborn. All babies require is love and confidence, and they will be settled, but this can be hard to deliver when you are unsure yourself of their needs. Some people are happy to 'go with the flow' but many parents just feel vulnerable and confused. Creating a daily routine helps mothers who feel this way, as you and your baby will understand each other through creating a daily pattern which is consistent for the majority of the week. Babies thrive on repetition and consistency.

 How to help your baby settle:

  • Learn effective winding and settling techniques.

  • Ask or read about how long babies awake periods are and the progression as they grow.

  • Seek help through your health professionals.

  • Talk with Baby Advisors who at a fee can come into your home to watch and guide you.