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How to help your baby sleep better

New-born babies bring love, happiness, and that new-born baby smell that you just can’t seem to get enough of. On the other hand, they need constant attention and are notorious for depriving parents of much needed sleep.

Eager to help parents regain some semblance of a sleep schedule, TheDozyOwl.co.uk https://thedozyowl.co.uk/ spoke exclusively to Lisa Lewis, a certified, qualified and experienced Sleep Consultant for some expert tips on how to aid your baby in getting a good night’s sleep.

1. THE 5 Bs:

 “These are my mantras for getting babies to sleep every night. The 5 Bs are ‘sleep cues’ that enable the baby to start remembering what needs to happen come the evening time.”

BATH

When bathing your child, it’s always preferable to leave this part until the end of the day. It’s important for our core temperature to rise, ready to fall which is needed for sleep.

BEDROOM

Once your baby is in the bedroom, ideally, they stay there! We hope at this point they understand this is now the place they stay for the night. Make it a nice cosy and relaxing, quiet and dark space ready for them to sleep in.

BOOKS

Babies/children are never too young for books! This is a time to hear their parents or child givers soothing voice which will give them some familiarity in a calm environment to evoke sleep. Or try singing some nursery rhymes very quietly too.

BOTTLE/BREAST

Whether you bottle or breast feed, try to be in a comfortable seated position whilst feeding ready for their sleep. This is another lovely calming time of their day.

BED (COT)

Ideally, always put your baby down to sleep when they are sleepy and not in a deep sleep. This is so they will learn to self-settle when they wake in the night, so will not need your help.

2. PINK NOISE:

“You may be familiar with white noise (washing machine, hair dryer etc.), but the pink version is a softer one.”

‘Coloured’ noises have been shown to have power as sleep aids. Pink noise has lower sound frequencies and therefore more pleasing  to the ear than the harsh tones of white noise. Examples of pink noise are: Nature, rustling of leaves, ocean waves, rainfall and heartbeats.

Several studies on pink noise have even shown that sleeping with it can also improve short and long-term memory.”  

3. YOUR SMELL:

“A great tip for helping babies to sleep is to give extra comfort and you can do this by leaving an item of clothing close by… with your smell on. The familiar smell will help comfort the baby and remind them that you are there. Be careful of its proximity to your baby and do not leave it loose. Have it tied tightly to one of the cot railings out of arms reach.”

4. THE 5am CALL:

 “5am is when our body temperature is at its lowest in a 24-hour day. This is why many babies wake early and cannot get back to sleep. You could pre-empt this by adding an additional blanket (safely) just before this time, or before you go to bed for convenience.”

5. LET’S GO OUTSIDE:

 “Swedish research has claimed that babies who are put out to sleep in the garden/outdoor space between the hours of 12-4pm sleep much better at night. It doesn’t matter too much about the cold weather, take a leaf from the Danish and wrap them up as warm as can be and leave them outside to get some fresh air into their lungs. I always suggest this tip to clients who are having trouble with new-borns settling into a night-time routine.”

6. COLOURS:

 “Black and White mobiles are perfect for new-borns. They have a limited range of vision (roughly the length between theirs and their mother’s face while feeding) and monochrome patterns stimulate the development of the optic nerves holding their attention longer.”

Mirela Sula is the CEO and Founder of Global Woman Magazine and Global Woman Club. Mirela has worked in media and education for the last 20 years and has a speaking experience from all around the world. Her background is in psychology and counseling, journalism, teaching, coaching, women’s rights, and media training. Mirela is also the organiser of the Global Woman Summit and Global Woman Awards. She has appeared on Channel 5, London Live TV, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, Sky TV and has also been featured in the 'Evening Standard', 'The Guardian', “Marie Claire” etc. She is best selling author and has helped more than 100 women to publish their books. It was in 2014 Mirela created Migrant Woman Talks, a platform for women to share their stories and experience of life in a new country. By the end of 2019 Mirela had created more than 25 Global Woman Clubs for women all over the world, and she has helped hundreds of women to unlock their potential, start their business and take it Global! Mirela has received many awards for her work, including the ‘Inspirational Award for Women 2015’ for Human Rights, the ‘Best Up-And-Coming Inspirational Influencer’ Award from The Best You, in 2017 and the Universum Donna Award 2017 from the Universum Academy of Switzerland. Mirela is passionate about empowering women worldwide and always stands up for inclusion, diversity, gender balance and supporting the next generation. Her mission is to create a global movement to improve the future for women, by economically empowering each woman.

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