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Baby sleep #1

Baby Sleep

Let’s talk about baby’s sleep. (I’ll try to scrape the surface in this short article.)

Babies sleep patterns start to develop around the 8th month of pregnancy. They are naturally in-tuned to your circadian cycle and your sleep patterns. (after all they are literally part of you) When I do the preparation consultation, we discuss pre and post natal development of the baby. One of the topics is emerging sleep patterns.

What you do during your pregnancy greatly impacts your birth and postpartum period, not just for you but for your baby too. We all know about importance of exercise, diet, supplements, sleep and rest. Focusing on the sleep, now we know that babies even in the womb respond to habits and patterns, as they will when they are first born.

Having regular exercise (aka walk or going up and down the stairs) and rest during the day, specific times when you lay down for the night sleep, turning off phones, tv and instead listening to podcasts, audiobooks, relaxation music, cutting caffeinated drinks and foods in the early afternoon, etc. can have a positive impact on the sleep for both of you.

Why is the baby moving more when you sit down or trying to sleep?

When you move, walk and “do stuff” baby finds it soothing. It’s like being rocked. It’s comforting and relaxing.

When you stop the movement, of course baby will realise it and become more active, almost like saying “I am awake now. Whats going on? Why did you stop?”

To be honest that is the natural reaction. When you understand this , you can then see why so many babies prefer to be in your arms, rocked, cuddled, and falling asleep on you when they are newborns.

Furthermore, babies are born underdeveloped in so many aspects and need extra time to carry on developing.

You may heard of the 4th trimester. I call it the “major transitional period”.

Babies are no longer protected from bright lights, touching, changing temperatures, sharp noises and are deprived of the constant soothing noises of heartbeat and breathing. In a same time they are literally thrown into this “whole new world” of learning to suck and swallow, digest, bowel movements and urinating, and lets not forget about breathing. But thats for another article.

During this transitional period, they need our help and understanding to make it a smooth and enjoyable experience for them and new parents too.

That’s why more and more parents seek out the help of infant sleep consultants and newborn care specialists.

Nobody expects you to be an expert in child development and newborn behaviour.

But if you feel (as many parents do) that “this shouldn’t be this hard” or “I know this could be better if I just had some help” , then finding someone who specialises in baby sleep habits and their correction can be the difference between torturous sleepless nights and well rested happy parents and babies.

Now you know that babies are born to learn from the first breath they take. They must do all the learning straight away for survival. It can be super overwhelming for them. Sleep is a learnt habit and anything you do can be an associations they link to the sleep.

More about sleep, sleep cycles, development, habits and good sleep associations coming soon.

Until then xxx

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