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Infants Sleeping Through the Night:

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in 0 to 6 Months

Most infants achieve this by 5 months. By ‘sleeping through’ this means they obtain 6 hours (or more) of sleep. Typically babies need to eat at other times during the night. There is no research to support that a baby of x weight or by 6 months should be sleeping 10 – 12 hours. The developmental goal at 5 months is 6 hours of sleep. 

Colicky Infant, Fussy Babies or PURPLE Crying

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in 0 to 6 Months

Sleep can be difficult for colicky infants, fussy babies or PURPLE crying is all normal behaviour and take heart that all humans go through to varying degrees. It usually increases in the afternoon and evening. Strategies like deep pressure massage and a deeper bath (with extra vigilance & never leave a baby unattended) can help calm your baby before bedtime. Identifying calming strategies that work with an individual baby will help you get your infant to sleep.

Teaching Night from Day to Infants

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in 0 to 6 Months

Feed your infant at night in a dimly lit room, change his or her diaper and put them back to sleep. Help your infant sleep better by getting outside for a walk during the day and conduct daily activities in a brightly lit room. Most babies learn to decipher day from night in the first month. After this time, they can be put for their naps in a dark room during the daytime for better sleep.

Infants - Cluster Feeding Helps

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in 0 to 6 Months

You likely want to get your infant to sleep through the night. Help facilitate this by bringing your baby to the breast more often (e.g. every 2 or more hours) in the early evening helps your baby store up on much needed calories so if they are ready to sleep a longer stretch they will be able to achieve this. The hind milk, which makes up more of the proportion of breast milk in the afternoon/evening, is made from rich fatty milk that has lots of calories to help sustain longer sleep for infants. Introducing formula and/or solids has not been shown in research to help with sleep.

Solid Foods and Sleep: the Myth

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in Healthy Kids

Research indicates no difference in a baby’s sleep patterns when comparing those that ate solid food to babies not eating solid foods before bedtime. Early introduction to solid foods is not recommended by Health Canada before the age of 6 months. You can introduce solid foods between the ages of 4 to 6 months depending on your baby’s readiness to eat. Most guidelines suggest introduction of solids (complimentary foods) by 6 months of age. Contact a SleepdreamsTM sleep consultant to find out more about feeding as it relates to sleep help for your child.