happylittlegems sleep fact of the day:
Not ALL parents are sleep deprived for the first six years of their child's life
With all the recent headlines buzzing about telling parents they are going to be sleep deprived for the first six years of their child's life, happylittlegems is here to dispel this myth. I can sense the distress many of you pregnant mums are feeling and those with young babies, but it really isn't as bleak as the papers will have you believe. That's not to say that you won't go through times of severe sleep deprivation... in fact I was shocked that the research suggests mothers with young babies only lost on average one hour of sleep and fathers fifteen minutes. In my experience, new mothers learn to exist on only about five hours sleep per night. When I say exist, I mean just that, it's not good for you at all, but it passes, I promise!
happylittlegems top tips for not having six years worth of sleep deprivation:
Start bedtime routines with your baby from around 1 month old, babies are polyphasic sleepers so they are not going to sleep through the night from day one, but you can start to build in those routines to help later on when they become a biphasic and then monophasic sleeper
Babies from the age of six months are capable of sleeping through the night with good sleep training
Sleep training is so important as it sets children up for a lifetime of good sleep
Parents need good sleep hygiene practices. Your child will probably be up early everyday, so make sure you go to bed at a reasonable time in order to give yourself the sleep you need
If you are suffering from sleep deprivation happylittlegems offers a Bedtime Package* or a telephone Support Package please visit www.happylittlegems.com for more information. 50% off with voucher code NEW2019 until end of March 2019.
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