Rocking Baby To Sleep

Rocking Baby To Sleep

First-born Babies

Contrary to popular belief, first-born babies are no more likely to wake at night than subsequent babies. Any perceived difference may be just that – a perception. Many parents are more tolerant and at ease with the disruption that a baby brings second time around, and this colours their perception of his waking. One study found that fourth or subsequent children had fewer sleeping problems than other children, and suggested that this may be due to the mother’s increased confidence in her abilities, or her lack of time to spend with her baby at night. However, not all parents have this experience as Ann, whose daughter Jennifer didn’t sleep through the night in her own bed until she

was six, explains:

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Jennifer is our fourth child. The others all went through phases of sleeping in our bed/prolonged breastfeeding/night waking/late bedding, etc., but none like this one. All were sleeping through in their own beds by three years old at the latest. I felt jealous of parents whose children slept alone at night, resentful of her dominance, sad about our feelings for her being spoiled – and foolish.’

Teething

Teething is blamed for a lot of sleep problems. If your child normally sleeps well and is suddenly disturbed at night it may be worth checking the gums and rubbing on a little gel. But if your baby wakes routinely for months on end, then the reason is unlikely to be teething. Try not to let teething disrupt your pattern.

Thomas was starting to go about five hours in the night but then he started teething and we’re back to square one – to every hour. ’

Ruth and Greg, parents of Thomas

She isn’t always a brilliant sleeper and whenever she has a disturbance in her sleep, it takes us about a week of being firm before she gets back into her pattern again. ’

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