“Just when you think you’ve settled into a night-time routine with your child, sleep problems
Whether you’re a first-time mom or preparing to welcome your second or third bundle of joy, there are those baby topics which always spark debate in mom circles. We highlight the most popular ones.
Breastfeeding and sleep are thought to be part of two different worlds. Many people will tell you that your child won’t be able to sleep through the night until you stop breastfeeding. Tell that to my daughter who was breastfed until she was 12 months old, and slept through from the age of four months.
Children aged between one and three need 12 to 14 hours’ sleep in a 24-hour cycle. Even preteens are recommended up to 11 hours! Cracking the elusive sleep code is not only great for your sanity, it’s crucial for your child to reach their full potential – emotionally, physically and cognitively.
One of the most common questions my clients ask is about when they need to move their babies out of their room and out of their little cots. In a more hushed tone it sometimes follows, as if they’re sharing a dirty little secret: “In fact, when should they get out of my bed?”
The benefits of sleeping well go far beyond just feeling better. Parents should know that sleep is not a luxury and it is not something they should feel guilty about wanting for both themselves and their growing babies.
Good Night sleep consultant Jolandi Becker explains that due to the vast emotional development taking place in toddlers, quality sleep helps with their emotional development, and being able to regulate their emotions will result in fewer tantrums. The benefits of sleep also include a lower risk of obesity and heart problems, as well as an increased attention span that improves their ability to learn.
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When it comes to sleep and nutrition, it can often be a chicken-or-the-egg scenario, says Jolandi Becker, certified sleep consultant and of owner of Good Night. “If baby does not sleep well, it can affect their feeding, and if baby does not feed/eat well, it can affect their sleep,” she says.
· Mobiles should be kept for the changing station instead of the crib as it is a stimulating object
· Toys should not be left in a cot/crib to play with – only one as a comfort item
· Bed/cot should preferably be away from the window that no draft is created
· Bedding and mattress should preferably be organic cotton and as little synthetic materials as possible
· Block out blinds works wonders to keep out the light and promote healthy sleep
· Temperate should be at an average of 21 degrees Celsius
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