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Helpful information to get Babies Sleeping

SleepDrops for Babies 30ml

SleepDrops for Babies are a completely natural sleep formula that will support your little ones natural sleep patterns.

Helpful information to get Babies Sleeping

SleepDrops for Babies

Support to help your baby sleep from SleepDrops for Babies

1. Timing is everything.

New Born Babies– watch for cues – yawning, staring off in space, but before fast hand movements or they get upset.

Older Baby (around 6+ months), you may want to follow a flexible sleep schedule. Don’t let them get over tired, that generally makes it even harder!

2. Develop a Sleep Ritual.

Develop a bedtime or naptime routine. Your baby will begin to expect sleep and with practice will begin to relax as soon as you start. Keep it simple and loving but be consistent. You don’t have to give them a bath every time. Change their nappy, PJ’s, draw the curtains, read 1 or 2 books ( same number is helpful), turn on music. Always keep to the same order. Be consistent it won’t happen over night but keep at it – it will pay off in the long run. As your baby grows older it takes longer so keep it simple.

3. Literally speak and tell your baby it’s time to sleep

Newborn babies might not understand much, but by using the same key phrase over and over by 6 and 9 months they will know what you are saying. Talk to your baby and tell your baby “it’s time to go to sleep now. Good night. I love you.” or something similar, and always use the same phrase every time before naps and night time sleeps.

4. Calm and soothe your baby, but NOT to sleep

After you have finished your sleep routine, you want your baby to be relaxed and sleepy. You may want to stroke their forehead or gently pat their tummy. Most babies like some kind of movement like in the womb. But try not to do this for too long as they will become used to it and a year later you will be stuck at their bed side! So just for a minute or so stroke or pat them and then say good night and walk out of the room quietly. If you are feeding them try not to do it all the way so that they fall asleep because remember you will then have to burp them for a good 5 minutes or until ALL the gas bubbles come out – otherwise they will wake in their next light sleep phase – in about 40 to 45 minutes!!

5. Watch for drowsy, but awake

If you want him to learn how to self soothe and get himself to sleep you will need to put him down in his bassinet or your bed while he is still awake. You want to calm and soothe him, but leave him when he is still awake. Trust us that you do not want to develop negative and time consuming sleep associations. Finding the perfect timing of sleepy but awake can take practice, but be patient with yourself and your baby and keep trying. It doesn’t always work straight away for very young babies. Take your time, you are developing long term strategies. It’s ok to soothe them to sleep when they are very young.

6. Put your baby down to sleep

You actually have to put your baby down so that they can sleep if you want to teach them good sleep habits. Lay your baby on her BACK for the first year. Your baby may sleep on his tummy as he gets older.

It takes practice, practice, and practice!

More helpful tips to get your Baby to sleep....

Sometimes parents set up patterns or sleep associations in the beginning when the baby is very young that they learn to regret later. There are time frames when certain behaviours are appropriate for you, your baby and your family and what may have been ok at 1 month and 3 months is no longer ok at 6 and 9 months! You will need to navigate your way through these times according to your political, spiritual and religious beliefs and how much time you have or the impact on your family and your sanity! Habits can be changed and nothing is permanent.

To cry or not to cry: Babies cannot talk and therefore crying is a way of communicating with us that they are not happy about something. You are the parent so you know best but your Baby may not be “just crying”…..

Birth experience: How your baby is born may have a huge impact on how your baby sleeps.
IF your baby’s time in the birth canal was too short then their cranial rhythms (which are sending messages from the nervous system down your babies spine to their organs) may not have been initiated properly. Conversely if their time in the birth canal was too long the cranial bones may be “jammed” and therefore the cranial rhythms– may also be compromised. This applies to ventouse and forceps deliveries.

If your baby was born by C – section the same applies – compromised cranial rhythms. This can lead to inadequate digestion, intestinal spasms, irregular peristalsis (wave like movements) of the large intestines resulting in indigestion, colic, reflux, constipation, diarrhoea etc. While this means they may also be unhappy during the day, have trouble feeding and other challenges we are here to focus on sleep so what it means for sleeping is quite simply it will be compromised too. Gas bubbles in their bellies, sore tummies and spasming intestines will not allow your baby to sleep easily. They may have trouble getting to sleep and will most likely wake frequently throughout the day and night often every 40 minutes to an hour when babies go through a lighter phase of sleep.

Milk options: All new babies must live off milk, either from their Mother or from a powdered milk formula source.

Breast milk: The Mother’s diet does have a huge impact on the digestion of the baby. The Mother can be eating foods and have low grade IgG food allergies that she is not aware of. This can cause problems for baby. In other instances it can be simply that the food is too heating or the mother doesn’t digest that particular food adequately. Yes unfortunately this is often foods that the mother “loves”! We see this most commonly with milk products, too much coffee, broccoli, onion, garlic, cabbage, kiwi fruit and pineapple but it could be anything.

Supplementing with Probiotics is very helpful is all cases and must be the appropriate strain for infants. You will need to source “Bifidobacterium Infantis”. In most cases these are not available in health stores unless they have a qualified Naturopath present. Feel free to contact our team to purchase some.

It is not possible to cut out Milk formula and apart from SleepDrops for Babies which tries to address digestion and intolerances to the formula and giving Probiotics there is little you can do. Some parents find alternating powders helpful. There are goat formulas which are also less allergenic too. We do not recommend full time use of Soy powders as they are estrogenic or have female hormone activity especially for boys!

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