Dear Dr Ramaa Puvvadi, My baby isn’t a good sleeper. What should I do?
Having a regular bedtime routine is key to a good sleep. While most parents pat or rock babies to sleep, which is OK for newborns, cut down on this as it can form a sleep association later. Begin to put the child awake in the cot to encourage self-settling. Leave the room briefly with regular checks or sit quietly until your child falls asleep. In addition, have quiet time before bed, such as a bath, and avoid feeding just before bed. Contact your doctor if you’re having trouble and your baby continues to be a bad sleeper despite routine measures.
Call Townsville Paediatrics on 4427 5817