How to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

12 mo.
Helen Hansen
Dear exhausted mother

From your letter I deduct that you let your daughter fall asleep while drinking from the bottle, and I guess this is exactly where the problem lies, as she will not be able to fall asleep without having a bottle feed.

It is therefore of the utmost importance that you try to settle her for the night WITHOUT a bottle feed, in order words, she should be awake while drinking from the bottle. When you settle her, you little by little have to teach her to fall asleep following another routine, a teddybear, your caressing her, using soothing words or similar - use the same routine should she wakes up in the middle of the night.

There is no doubt that she needs more security now that she is separated from you in the daytime and still needs the physical contact and security from you as her parents. It is quite natural that she dreams in her sleep and has a more restless sleeping as she now has to cope with quite another activity level in the daycare, new routines, other children etc.

I wish you and your family the best of luck, have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen


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