A little one who enjoys 12 peaceful hours in the land of nod is the holy grail of every new parent. Here’s how to get there…
You’re staring out of the window into the darkness of your street. It’s the middle of the night and your little one is whimpering in your arms. You begin to wonder if anyone’s ever had this much trouble getting their baby off to sleep. Perhaps you’re mum to an early riser, an all-day sleeper, a non-napper or even a baby who just won’t sleep at all. But we guarantee you’re not alone and are one of the army of ‘noctomums’, a group of mothers who are awake when the rest of the world seems to be tucked up in their beds and sleeping soundly.Ann Herreboudt, sleep expert at Viveka, a clinic specialising in women and children’s health, explains, “Babies don’t have a clue what’s day and what’s night. Some are ‘larks’, getting up as early as 5am, and others are ‘owls’, happy to stay up really late into the evening. Their sleep rhythms are completely different to ours. They wake up twice as much, and power nap. In fact, a bit like puppies, they work on a cycle of waking, eating, pooing and sleeping!”While you do everything you can to get your little one to settle for 12 hours of restful sleep, no baby is perfect and all of them will wake up at odd hours and have strange sleeping patterns at times. Find yours among this collection and start working on a solution – today!
© Immediate Media Company Ltd 2012. This website is owned and published by Immediate Media Company Limited. www.immediatemedia.co.uk