It happens to everyone – the stars have aligned and you’ve had a period of silence from your baby’s bedroom! But then, either just as you think it’s safe to creep away, or after a sadly short period of time – crying. Don’t give up! Sometimes it’s possible to get them back to sleep…
We’ve teamed up with Children’s Panadol to provide you with lots of quick and helpful information covering many aspects of children’s health and development. We hope you’ll find them a great resource as you take care of your family every day.
Strategies for resettling your baby
If you are having trouble settling your baby, don’t be disillusioned. It takes time for you and baby to learn. Try to stay calm. Sometimes your own anxiety at not being able to settle the baby transfers to them. If this happens, it’s best to put the baby safely in their cot, leave the room and calm yourself before going back to try again. Or, if your partner or a friend is there with you, ask them to help you settle the baby. There are many other strategies you can try – see what works best for you and your baby.
Tips for resettling
- Rewrap if that helps.
- Try giving a dummy.
- Pat gently and rhythmically, and then slow down as your baby calms.
- Check that your baby is not too hot or cold by feeling their chest or back.
- Play soft music or sing quietly.
- Once your baby is calm, leave them to settle on their own.
- Stand up and hold your baby resting face down over your arm at waist level, with their head at your elbow and your hand under their hips. Pat your baby’s bottom rhythmically and gently with your other hand as you sway back and forth.
- Using white noise, such as a clothes dryer or vacuum cleaner, can help soothe baby. You can also download an app for this.
- Rewrap your baby, put them in the pram, and roll the pram back and forth over a bump, or the join between a carpet and hard floor, the edge of a mat or over a coat hanger. The rhythmical movement helps soothe the baby.
- If you have a baby rocker chair, you could put baby in this, making sure they are strapped in safely.
- If it’s daytime you could take baby for a walk outside in the pram – or use a baby pouch. The warmth of your body, and being in an upright position, may help calm the baby.
Support when nothing seems to be working
There are various levels of support in the community. Your first port of call for parenting issues (feeding, sleeping, settling) is often your Child Health Nurse. If you need further assistance, the nurse or your family doctor can refer you to a day stay or residential family care facility, where you can get more intensive support. Or you can call one of the many telephone support lines available.
This is an excerpt from The First Five Years, which is a handy and easy to navigate book, specifically developed to help parents. It contains a comprehensive collection of practical parenting information and useful tips for your child’s first five years. If you’ve ever wanted a quick guide to refer to in the middle of the night, or to help you decide when it’s time to see a doctor, this is a resource which will help you on your way. You can view it online or download it for free at The First Five Years.
(This is a sponsored post for Children’s Panadol)