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There are many myths around how to get a newborn to sleep and probably are one of the most challenging things to do.

This topic was even focused in a recent episode of Desperate Housewives when Lynette and Susan, let’s say, ‘disagreed’ with their nursing-a-baby-to-sleep styles.

Of course styles will differ parent-to-parent and baby-to-baby, so it is all about trialling new things and see what works and what doesn’t.

Tracey Montford, Founder of Cake Lingerie, noticed the things she did for Ethan, her eldest, 5.5yrs, did not necessarily work for her newborn, Carter.

Tracey strongly believes you need to establish a routine from the start so a child associates certain times (sleep) with objects or activities. For Carter, this was playtime (an activity) with a dummy (an object). So far, she reports this method works majority of the time.

She continues, “during the day the ‘full process’ is normally feed > play (dummy) > sleep. This is for nap time, whereas in the evening it’s bath > feed > play (dummy) > sleep.”

However, one style may not be the same for everyone. Children respond differently to different environments and noises.

For Tracey’s first-born she used a mobile above a cot and music box to associate with sleep time and it worked for them.

Here are some of the most common myths that can be found on the interwebs:

  • Skipping a child’s nap will let them sleep longer at night
  • The later you put a child to sleep, the later they’ll sleep in the morning
  • Newborns sleep all the time and know what they need
  • Feeding a child later at night will allow him to sleep longer

It’s also been proven that healthy babies (6 months +) can often sleep 11 hours at a time. However, sometimes this can be interrupted by teething and illnesses that can disturb sleeping patterns. So mums out there – you all will have a great night’s sleep (eventually)!

Hopefully you can find out what works best for bub and you!

-Cake Lingerie

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