Coping with Night Feeds
It is normal for your baby to wake at night at least for the first 6 months, sometimes longer, and this may be difficult to cope with when you are tired.
Keep baby close, in their cot next to your bed for the first 6 months.
Respond to early feeding cues.
Keep lights dim and speak softly to avoid stimulating baby too much.
If you are breastfeeding lying down, return your baby to their cot when they have finished. Some mums have suggested setting your mobile phone alarm to ensure you wake and put baby back in their cot.
Speak to your Health Visitor about 'safe sleeping' there is information in your red book.
Your partner can make sure you are comfortable, help to settle your baby, fetch you a drink, breastfeeding can be thirsty work!
The Infant Sleep Info App provides key information from the ISIS website in a handy format for mobile devices. Covering normal sleep development, sleep location and sleep safety the familiar info from the website is delivered in smaller chunks. Two features are exclusive to the app
- A bed-sharing decision tool guides parents through the key considerations for safe bed-sharing, and explains when bed-sharing may be inadvisable and why.
- A sleep log tool helps parents track their baby’s sleep, displaying this info on a chart depicting the range of normal sleep for infants of different ages to provide reassurance!
Or search for 'Infant Sleep Info' or 'Infant Sleep Info Durham Uni' and locate the baby icon.