Help your baby sleep through the night: Top tips
Published 28/06/2011 | 15:43
* Avoid using props to get your baby to sleep - so no dummies, rocking, bouncing or feeding (breast or bottle) to sleep.
* Aim to put your child in the cot while sleepy but not asleep. That way they will learn to develop their own strategies to fall - and stay - asleep by themselves.
* Put into place a five-minute nap routine that signals to your baby that nap time is approaching - read a book, sing a song, close the curtains or say goodnight to the bedroom objects.
* Sleep is a 24-hour process: keep consistent nap times during the day, and try not to let your baby get over-tired. Ideally, your child should sleep in the same place during the day as he or she does at night.
* Write down your child's nap times, then if you have a good day, you can see what worked and repeat it. In this way you will find patterns more obvious, too.
* Don't rush in and get your child up when he or she first wakes. Leave them for ten minutes or so, as they might go back to sleep.
* Between the ages of seven and 14 months, most babies nap twice a day. As the baby approaches 12 months, one of those naps is likely to be shorter (usually the afternoon one). At 14 months most babies start making the transition from two naps to one (generally around midday).
With thanks to Vanessa Ramirez
Independent News Service