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sleep school: how to get your BABY TO SLEEP

Nikki Yazxhi

how to get your baby to sleep


{we definitely did, whe our kids were babies}.. so when we had the chance to talk to a baby sleep expert, we asked what we wanted to know!

We spoke to Amanda Rentsch, Midwife on Johnson’s Baby Professional Team to get her expert tips on settling, and getting your new bub to sleep:

What are the top 3 common reasons why a baby won’t sleep or settle?

The three most common reasons for a newborn not settling include:
1. They’re either overfed or have had an insufficient amount. It’s very common to overfeed formula fed babies and many parents are concerned when breastfeeding that their baby is not receiving enough milk. Poor supply of breast milk when fed directly from the breast is a very common reason for unsettled babies either due to poor attachment or supply issues.

2. Comfort and needing a nappy change. If the baby is dirty or wet they may find this uncomfortable, especially if they have irritated skin.

3. Illness or colic (wind) or reflux, especially early evening. Constant crying and drawing legs up, usually thriving babies and not related to poor supply of milk but rather collection of wind in the lower intestines or milk refluxing into the esophagus and causing irritation.

What are some of the symptoms and signs you need to look for, that might be stopping them settling and going to sleep ?

1. Signs and symptoms of over feeding for formula fed babies include excessive posseting, large urine output, excessive weight gain. Over fed, or too much supply for breastfed babies also includes excessive posseting increased urine output and weight. In both cases, babies will be unsettled in nature. Insufficient amount of fluids includes irritability, unsettled, decreased urine output (less than 6 wet nappies per day) and not settling between feeds. Decreased bowel motion may or may not be a symptom as breastfed babies regularity is completely individual.

2. If baby has been fed recently and fed well and remains unsettle, check the nappy and change if wet or soiled.

3. Seek medical advice if concerned baby unwell. Unwell babies can either be irritable and unsettled or the opposite being very quiet and lethargic with lack of interest in feeding. They may or may not have a temperature. If your baby’s colour is not pink all over and is showing signs of working harder to breathe, ie more than 60 breathes per minute or making a grunting noise on expiration definitely seek medical attention.

How can you help relieve a baby from the above symptoms and sleeping problems?

1. Ensure if your baby is formula fed that you are preparing formula as directed and offering the correct amount. If breastfed and there is an abundance in supply, especially in the early morning feed try feeding lying down so baby doesn’t get let down quickly. Also ensure with breast fed babies they are completely emptying the first breast offered before offering the second breast. The hind milk has the fat and will keep the baby more settled between feeds. Offer the second breast only if the baby still interested. Poor supply with breastfed babies need the supply to be improved. Offer the breast on demand, whenever the baby is unsettled. Breast milk is a supply and demand situation and the more offered and taken the better the supply will become. Also ensure your nipples are healthy and intact and correct attachment is occurring with every feed. Seek advice from a midwife or lactation consultant if concerned.

2. Check and change your baby’s nappy, and if the skin is irritated, apply a soothing cream.

3. If signs and symptoms of increased temperature, breathing difficulties or colour change are apparent seek medical advice. If your baby is well but unsettled, try a warm relaxation bath (38 C) followed by a massage with fingertips lubricated with baby oil to avoid friction and distress. Complete the routine with a moisturiser safe for newborns. Finally give your baby a feed in a quite environment with low lighting and no excessive stimuli.

NEED MORE HELP: Night Light is a new site designed to provide support for new parents with baby throughout the night. It offers an online community {so you can chat to other mums};  a Reading Room; and you can contact a Tressillian team member via telephone through The Nurse’s Office, plus there’s online chat facility within The Nurse’s Office that activates from 5pm.

Visit nightlight.johnsonsbaby.com.au for all the details

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