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7pm to 7am Sleeping Baby Routine: The no-cry plan to help your baby sleep through the night

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Grab a copy of my new book 7pm to 7am Sleeping Baby Routine – a complete guide to the newborn stage and beyond. Baby sleep guru Charmian Mead's flexible plan, developed from work with hundreds of families, is designed to encourage baby to sleep a full 12 hours a night, naturally , by as early as six weeks old without any tears.

Additionally, avoid stimulating activities before bedtime, keeping the environment calm and quiet, and limit exposure to screens or bright lights. Aim to have the last nap end a few hours before bedtime and ensure that your baby doesn't become overtired, as this can make it harder for them to fall asleep at night. Over all, there is some good advice, but most of all I do not agree with many of the things she is teaching. At your stage I had previously just been feeding on demand, doing some co-sleeping etc, but then we worked towards a routine and put her in her own room at 19 weeks as we were all disturbing each other at night. A consistent feeding schedule and offering a final feeding before bed can ensure your baby has the nourishment they need to sleep through the night.

As well as sleep routines you will find expert advice on breastfeeding and lactation, bottle feeding, reflux and twin routines or how to introduce simple structures and create your own routine. I’ve been teaching my The Sleeping Baby Routine for over 20 years, helping thousands of families achieve a full night’s sleep by focusing on digestion and a baby’s individual needs. My little girl had what I thought was colic, crying terribly and sleeping for only a few hours at a time.

Cut naps times to one nap a day ideally and over the middle of the day so waking no later than 3pm for a 7. Make a little goodnight ritual which doesn’t involve handholding until she is asleep, maybe introduce a new comforting toy to help settle, say you will check on her in 5 minutes and always keep your word.The length and quantity of milk intake should be greater than any feeds given at night and gradually increasin g milk intake at each day feed until sleeping through the night and thus night feeds are phased out naturally. It’s a myth that a baby needs to get used to noise and can sleep anywhere in the first few months; a baby who sleeps solidly at night will be a much lighter sleeper during the day so naps are best in the bedroom where noise is limited and dimmed lighting with a daily pram nap and perhaps skin-to-skin cuddles. Starting as you mean to go on and teaching positive associations with feeding and sleep is much easier and kinder to your baby as opposed to changing your baby’s world as they know it, weeks or months later. He bangs his head/torso repeatedly into his pillow and vocalises – this can last from seconds to minutes at a time.

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