Sleeping training 101

DSC_0125.JPG We were blessed with a baby who loves to sleep!! From a few conversations I’ve had with friends I can see that we are really really blessed. There have been a few things we’ve done that I believe have helped with this process. I know Ava may experience some sleep regression- we’re crossing our fingers that this doesn’t happen!

I’m going to preface what I say but saying that all babies are different (obviously), and we use a pacifier (dummy for those here in Aus). We are also talking about a nearly 4 month old here, not a 6 or 12 month old.

Okay, so here we go..

  1. Swaddling!
    We have swaddled Ava since the night she was born. As a baby I was swaddled, my niece was swaddled- I can’t emphasis enough how effecive swaddling is. We were using muslin wraps, but then switched to a Love to Dream Swaddle Up as Ava was getting her arms out of the wraps and hitting her face with her hands.
  2. Learn sleeping and eating cues
    Sleeping Cues- Long blinks (duh), rubbing of the eyes (once they hit the 2-3 month age when they can control their hands), whinging (from being overtired). One trick I use is I will put Ava in the cradle/sleeping position in my arms and see how much she fights. There have been times that she will close her eyes as soon as I lay her that way and I know to put her to bed immediately. (see point 3 about putting your baby to bed awake)
    Eating Cues- In the first month of her life we would change Ava’s nappy during the night feeds. The midwives recommended this to wake the baby up so she would eat. We stopped doing this once she hit the 2 month mark as we noticed that she would eat, burp and fall back to sleep if we didn’t wake her up fully by changing her nappy… that and she would be awake wanting to eat anyways..
  3. Putting your baby to sleep awake
    From the day we came home from the hospital we have put Ava to bed awake. Whether it’s a nap or her big night time sleep, every time she is put to bed she is awake. I believe this has helped her fall back to sleep during the night as well as learning to self soothe between sleep cycles! From memory she did whinge at the beginning, when we put her to bed, but after a minute or two she either just lays and stares or has fallen asleep
  4. Think: Is she hungry or fussing?
    Ava has been sleeping through the night (8pm-5amish) since the age of around 2.5 months. Prior to that she was waking up only once (around midnight). We could tell that she was slowly transitioning away from the one wake-up during the night- she wouldn’t finish the bottle, she was super drowsy while eating etc.. So when she woke up around 12pm/1am we would let her fuss a little and then put a pacifier in her mouth. I know this may sound cruel to some people or that we were starving her- but we noticed that as soon as we put the pacifier in her mouth she would fall back to sleep and sleep for another 3-4 hours. After a few days of repeating this she started sleeping through the night without waking up at midnight. It was as simple as that.

Those are the main points that have gotten us onto a great routine so far! Please let me know if you have any specific questions!!

In my Diaper bag..

I had a reader ask me about what I carry in my diaper bag when Ava and I go out- I’m very much a no fuss kind of person in that I carry around what is needed- nothing more. I don’t think there is anything worse than rummaging through a bag of baby items trying to find a teeny tiny pacifier while your baby is screaming her head off so everything I have is practical.

*I used to carry around one extra outfit until she pooed through one day and I didn’t have a spare in case she did it again. My mum recommended always carrying around two changes of clothes which has served us well so far!

The weather will obviously dictate which onesies and items are needed- here in Sydney we’ve just headed into Spring, so the weather is somewhat cool hence the long sleeve onesies and beanie.

Also, depending on what time we go out I will bring a bottle (of breast milk). All the below items fit nicely into my diaper bag. I’ve tagged a similar diaper bag from Oroton as I can only find the one I have on ebay.  Hopefully this is helpful!!

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one- swaddle // two- 5-6 nappies // three- nappy bags // four- baby wipes // five- hand sanitizer // six- pacifier // seven- two singlets // eight and nine- two onesies // ten- baby sleeping bag // eleven- beanie // twelve- diaper bag (I have this one) // thirteen- two bibs

Swaddles and Blankets

Swaddles are some of my favourite items to look at in stores and find online! There are so many beautiful designs and fabric choices. I would love to create a range of swaddles to sell locally here in Sydney- maybe one day that dream will become a reality! Below are some of my current favourites!

Beach Resort Travel Photo Collage

Beach Resort Travel Photo Collage

One- Watercolour Rose swaddle (Little Unicorn) // Two- I love you most blanket (Noah & Bowie) // Three- Jack Plaid swaddle (Little Unicorn) Four- Bison swaddle (Little Unicorn) // Five- Rose swaddle (Milkmaid Goods) // Six- Lightweight Marl Bears wrap (Noah & Bowie) // Seven- Our greatest adventure swaddle (How Joyful) // Eight- Wildflowers swaddle (Oh so Vera) // Nine- DIY Wrapped in love swaddle (Delia Creates) // Ten- Royal Blue Heart blanket (Yarning made) // Eleven- Teal tartan pom pom blanket (Kip and Co) // Twelve- Bible verse swaddle (Modern Burlap)