How to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
Category:
Sleep
Age:
12 mo.
How to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
Hi Helen

Once again we face problems related to Alberte night's sleep. She started in the daycare two months ago, in general she is a happy and thriving child. However, for the past month or so she has started to wake up at night crying and being very unsettled. She refuses to take the pacifier which leaves us with no other solution than to give her a bottle of formula (150 ml). Sometimes she wakes up several times at night ...

We usually offer her a bottle of gruel (250-300 ml) when we settle her for the night, however, we do realize that it is time to cut down on the bottle feeds ...

Regards from an exhausted mother


Helen Hansen
Answer

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