How To Create An Efficient Sleeping Routine For Your Second Baby

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Categories: Settling & Sleeping

Every parent knows the signs of sleep deprivation… especially after your second or third baby.

The remedy?

Getting all your children on an effective sleeping routine. Once all your children get their much-needed sleep, you will be able to create a sleep routine for yourself too.

Child expert and Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, shares her most effective methods for dealing with sleep pattern issues with your second baby. One of the key points she makes is that it's important to learn from the mistakes you may have made with your first child.

Here are three tips to help you establish an effective sleeping routine with both your babies.

1. Always put the baby down for sleep

Once you’ve wrapped them up and tucked them in, they should be ready for sleep.

Leave them alone and they will fall asleep, like a baby… as they say.

2. Put them to sleep in a separate room

As Chris says, “Always put the younger child into a room out of the stimulation of your first born's activities.”

Your baby will be able to sleep better in a silent, cosy environment and in their own bed.

3. Teach them how to sleep

Around the age of six weeks, when your baby becomes more active, you can start teaching them how to sleep and establish a sleeping pattern.

When you have a toddler and a baby, getting them both to sleep can be challenging. But, as Chris highlights, “Once that balance is right, both will do well.”

Remember Chris' principles of sleep,  “wrap me, cuddle me and put me down.”

For even more information on getting to know your baby, check out Chris' book ‘Bringing Baby Home’ on the Pan McMillan website.

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