Why is my baby waking up so many times during the night?

Having a baby that wakes many times during the night can be really tiring for both mom and baby. And not good for the overall health and development of the baby.

A baby who is well rested is more stable emotionally and better equipped to form bonds and relationships. And truth be told, so is mom.

So why is your baby up so much during the night? You may be surprised to hear that it likely has to do with what is happening at bedtime.

Here is what you can do to get the night wakings to STOP and teach your baby to sleep through the night.

I get it!  Waking up many times a night to feed a baby can be tough.  Especially if your baby is waking more often as they get older, not less, like you were hoping for. 

Have you been reading everything on-line, listening to advice from your mommy friends and even asking your own mom?  And you are still confused if your baby is actually ready and capable of sleeping through the night.  Heck, you are not even sure what sleeping through the night really means.

In this video, I chat about what sleeping through the night really means and how to determine when your baby may be ready to do that. 

No more second guessing if your baby is actually hungry during the night or just waking for another reason! 

Top 3 Reasons Why Mom Needs Sleep

We are always focusing on getting your baby the sleep he or she needs to be happy and healthy.   But what about you?  I know mom’s needs are often put on the back burner.  But they shouldn’t be!

In this video, I will teach you the top 3 reasons why you need to be sleeping well during the night.  I don’t mean to scare you but…..

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

If you want to learn more about sleep, I highly recommend this book called Why We Sleep?  

Spring Forward: Turn Clocks Ahead 1 Hour This Weekend

Long, lazy summer evenings, the smell of BBQ in the air, the feeling of the sun warm on your skin can only mean one thing……….  We turn our clocks ahead one hour this weekend.

This time change is a pretty easy one on families.

Get up at your usual time Sunday morning, turn your clocks ahead one hour and start the day. The bonus…”Your perceive your little one is sleeping in an hour later.”  And that is a good feeling for everyone.

The best way to make the transition to the new time is to split the difference.

If for example your little one usually takes a morning nap round 9:30, you will adjust this to 10:00 am for the 3 days after the time change. This will mean that your baby is going to bed a little earlier or sooner than the normal wait between sleeps, but again it’s not so much so that it’s going to interfere with her schedule too much. It may take her a bit more time to fall asleep as she may not be as tired, but in a week’s time she will be back on track again. On day and night 4, move to the correct time on the clock again.

I know I am excited for more sunlight in the evening!

 

Meet Angelina

 

 

 

Angelina De Boer
Lullababies Sleep Solutions
Calgary
http://www.lullababies.ca

What do you love most about being a paediatric sleep consultant?

The thing I love most about being a sleep consultant is being able to help families in such a fundamental way. From personal experience, I know how difficult it is to be a mother when you’re absolutely exhausted and running on empty.

What drew you in to becoming a paediatric sleep consultant?

Teaching a child to sleep is not instinctual, and I know that my services not only make families happier and healthier, they help with postpartum depression, marital discourse, confidence and overall well being. There is no person that can be their best self while they are utterly sleep deprived, and the ability to give families this gift is something that really resonates with me, and makes me happy.

If you could do anything at all, what would you do?

I would be take a round-the-world cruise! I’ve always had the travel bug, but there are so many places that I think a short visit to would be perfect! I also love boats and being on the open water, so this way to travel suits me perfectly!

Sleepless in the Summer

Is bedtime creeping later and morning coming earlier?

It has everything to do with the sun. Our body clock is set by exposure to light.  So in the summer, we naturally sleep less.  

But with children these late bedtimes and early mornings can leave you with an overtired, cranky child.

Some tips to help with sleep during the summer:

1.  A black out curtain in your child’s room will be necessary. Ideally, it is as dark in their room at noon as it is at midnight. No 5am sun peaking in there!

2.  A white noise machine is great to drown out the noise of the backyard BBQ’s that may happen after your child is in bed. You know the noisy neighbours with the loud music! 

3.  And really stick to a sleep routine the days you are at home. And then on those special days when you are out enjoying all that summer has to offer, your child will be well rested and able to take it all in stride. You still want to shoot for 80% of naps at home in the crib. Most children can handle this without too much disruption to their overall routine.

Enjoy the warm summer days, long summer evenings and sleep filled nights!