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Tips To Help Your Baby (And You!) To Sleep Through The Night

amber teething necklace

However welcome your new arrival, most parents dream of the time when they can sleep through the night again. Sleep is crucial for the normal development of an infant, and also for your mental health and wellbeing, so you can be the best parent for your little one. If you are struggling to achieve this milestone, here are a few tips to consider.

All babies are unique in their sleep cycles

Remember not to compare your baby with older siblings when they were the same age, or the offspring of friends or family members. All babies have different sleeping patterns, so do not expect them to follow in the footsteps of your previous children or fit in with your own. 

A newborn will need night feeds up to the age of three months, and sometimes for up to six months. Some babies may start to sleep for longer periods of time after this age, but they are all different, and some simply seem to need more sleep than others, just as teenagers and adults do. 

Have a regular bedtime routine

Your baby will be ready to settle into a bedtime routine from about the age of three months. Try to follow the same pattern every night, such as a bath, followed by changing into a fresh nappy and nightclothes, putting them down to sleep and reading them a bedtime story. Try to get your baby used to going off to sleep without needing to be held and comforted. 

Create a conducive environment for sleep, with the temperature at around 16-17°C, and sufficient quiet and darkness. If necessary, use a nightlight that emits a soft glow for when your baby wakes during the night, rather than switching on a brighter lamp or pendant light that can be over stimulating. 

Help your baby to ‘self soothe’ when they wake

From about the age of three months, some babies are able to settle themselves down and go off to sleep without much help from their parents. However, this age can unfortunately coincide with the onset of teething. This is when the first baby teeth begin to erupt. It’s an important stage in their development, allowing them to transition to eating solid foods.

For some babies, the process appears to be easy and painless, in which case you can count your lucky blessings! The majority of babies will exhibit some signs of pain or discomfort, such as chewing on objects, drooling, and a slightly higher temperature than usual and flushed cheeks.

Another symptom of teething, as you’ve probably already guessed, is disrupted sleep patterns during the emergent phase, which usually occurs during the first 12 months of a baby’s life. This can be very frustrating for new parents who are just settling their new arrival into independent sleeping habits. 

Comforting your baby and distracting them by gently rubbing their gums can be helpful. If your baby seems very distressed, you might want to consider giving them a mild painkiller such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, which are suitable for infants over the age of three months.

However, not all parents are comfortable with giving their baby this type of medication, and prefer more natural alternatives. One option is to use an amber teething necklace, which is a traditional remedy that has been used for thousands of years to ease pain, inflammation, and to encourage a restful night’s sleep.

The raw Baltic amber beads contain a substance called succinic acid, which has natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. When the necklace is worn next to the baby’s skin, the beads are gently warmed, releasing some of the succinic acid which is absorbed through the deep layers of the epidermis and into the bloodstream.

This can have a gently soothing effect on a fretful baby, easing the discomfort of teething and helping them to drop off to sleep more easily. The necklace is not intended to be a teething toy that can be chewed, so you must supervise the baby at all times when the necklace is being worn. 

It is not advisable to put your baby to bed while wearing the necklace, but it can help them to feel calmer and get more rest during the day, which can avoid them being over tired and fracious at bedtime.