Q: Hi. So my 4month old has some trouble relaxing during sleep. He normally goes to bed around 7h and sleeps very well until 2h in the morning - then he becomes wrestles and stirs a lot. Sometimes he doesn't even wake but wiggles around, moans now and again and very rarely cries. I have no idea what's going on... his not hungry - he have given him bottle (dreamfeed) but he only takes a few sips and goes back to sleep. He's not wet. No burps etc. He goes back to 'sleep' again easily and fast but the restlessness is keeping me up. Any advise?
Baby Love answer: Hi mom. Because the day drives the night I think you need to look at the day and ensure he is on an age appropriate day time routine because if your baby isn't, then he is probably going into overstimulation which rolls over into hyperalert and one of the most common signs of hyperalert is a baby who at night, doesn't link their sleep cycles, is a restless sleeper and often wakes at 4am to start the day. Remember day drives night, thanks Jacqui.
V: My dogtertjie word einde van die maand 2 en slaap deesdae so onrustig. Sy slaap al van n jong ouderdom af deur, maar sy word huilend wakker, maar is ook nie heeltemal wakker nie, ek pat haar maar net dan en se dis okay en dan slaap sy weer verder. Is dit droompies? Of enige raad?
Baby Love: Dit klink vir my soos 'n nagmerrie / night terror. Jy kan beslis nie sleep training doen indien dit die geval is nie. Kalmeer haar met jou stem & probeer die risiko van 'm potensiele nagmerrie verminder deur: 1) rustige tyd voor slaap (nie TV) 2) lees mooi & rustige bedtyd stories 3)Indien sy spesifieke vrese (soos vir monsters) het, "address" dit voor die tyd. Bv wys haar dat daar geen monsters onder bed is nie. Gee haar gunsteling teddy wat haar help "oppas" deur nag. 4) naglig - nie donker kamer, 5) moenie deur toemaak nie.
Q: My son is 6 months next week. He wakes up 2-3 times a night. The past few nights he goes to bed at 9 and wakes at 3am. Then sleeps again till 6/7. What can I do to get him to sleep earlier and to sleep through the night.
Baby Love: In most instances the day drives the night so you need to ensure he is on an age appropriate day time routine (awake time not longer than 2 hours with 3 sleeps of 1.5 hours each). Please also ensure you give him about 5 minutes of quiet time before each day sleep and before bedtime, give him a chance to wind down. Sleep training needs to be implemented in conjunction with an age appropriate day time routine, it can't be done in isolation as you need to be 100% confident there is nothing wrong, you have met his needs and you are only dealing with a bad habit. Should you wish to book a consultation in which we can discuss this more thoroughly then you are welcome to email me at email@example.com. Thanks, Jacqui