Nov 25, 2021
I’m a sleep expert and these tricks will get your baby to sleep in no time this winter
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WINTER and the change in temperature and light throws everyone out of kilter.
But for babies this can undo the good sleep work they may have been practising in the months beforehand.1Getting your baby to carry on a good sleep routine through winter months is keyCredit: Getty - Contributor
As every parent knows, a good sleep routine is the key for you and your baby.
If you are finding the change in weather has caused your little one to be disrupted, there are some things you can do.
Lisa Lewis, a sleep consultant, has revealed her top tips to soothe babies into sleep.
She told TheDozyOwl: "These are my mantras for getting babies to sleep every night.
"The 5 Bs are 'sleep cues' that will help the baby start remembering what needs to happen come the evening time.
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Try to always leave bathing your baby until the end of the day.
After coming out of a warm bath, their body temperature will begin to cool which promotes tiredness and a deeper sleep.
Once your baby is used to their routine, this first step will signal that it is time to wind down, assisting the following steps.BEDROOM
Once your baby is in the bedroom, ideally, they stay there, helping them understand that this is now the place they stay for the night.
Make their room a relaxing, quiet, and dark space to avoid any stimulation before bed.
The temperature of a bedroom is key during the colder months.
A room too warm will prevent your child’s core body temperature from decreasing in order to sleep, and too cold a room could act as a stimulant, counteracting the effects of their warm bath.BOOKS
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Hearing the soothing voice of their primary care givers will make your baby feel safe and calm, evoking sleep.
If consistent in their bedtime routine a baby will normally drift off as you read.BOTTLE/BREAST
Whether you bottle or breast feed, try to be in a comfortable seated position whilst feeding to prevent you from shuffling and disturbing their slumber.
This is another lovely calming time of their day.
Not only does having a warm drink before bed make your baby drowsy, but this will prevent them from waking up hungry later in the night.BED/COT
Ideally, always put your baby into their bed or cot when they are sleepy and not in a deep sleep.
This will prevent them being startled and teach them to self-settle.You’ve been changing your baby all wrong - the trick to stop them peeing on you is so easy and it’s blowing parents’ minds
We have also previously revealed to be aware of 'wake windows', which can help your tot into a good pattern.
It will ensure you get into a routine and mean they aren't getting under or overtired.
Settling them for a nap or bedtime at the end of a wake window will be much easier for both of you.
If they’re 3-6 weeks old then it's likely to be tiny awake periods, with a nap window between 1hr15-1hr30 from their last wake time.
For 6–12-week-olds it'll be at 1hr 30mins -1hr 45, and at 12-16 weeks – 1hr 45-2 hours.
When they get to 5 months, they can stretch to 2hr 15 minute windows and 6-12 month old’s can push that to 2 hours and 30 minutes.We pay for your stories!
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Scheana Shay Reveals Struggles With Post-Baby Body
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Scheana Shay said she struggled with her post-partum body long after giving birth to her daughter, Summer Moon Davies, in April.
In a new interview with Page Six, the 36-year-old “Vanderpump Rules” star admitted that she “struggled for the first four months after delivering her daughter, and had even more issues when filming for the Bravo reality picked up soon after she gave birth.
The new mom revealed that she had “body image issues” while shooting the beginning of the show’s ninth season, but that she now has her confidence back.Scheana said She Had to Be ‘Kind’ to Herself After Gaining More Than 40 Pounds During her Pregnancy View this post on Instagram
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In a previous “Vanderpump Rules” teaser, a then-pregnant Scheana revealed that she put on 40 pounds during her pregnancy and that her waist size had doubled.
During a January 2021 episode of her “Scheananagins” podcast, the mom-to-be said she was okay with her fast weight gain because she was “creating a human.”
“I’m okay with every pound I’ve put on,” Scheana said, adding that she just needed “to stay healthy” so she didn’t get gestational diabetes.
In the new interview, Scheana told Page Six that she would “tear apart” her body for her child and that everything she went through was “worth it,” but she admitted that it took her several months to get back into working out and feeling confident about her body again.
“I just had to be really kind to myself and remember that my body created a human life,” she told the outlet. “I was excited for the day that I could rock a crop top again.”
Scheana also recently felt confident enough to put her belly button ring back in.Scheana Previously Admitted She Compared Her Post-Pregnancy Body to Lala Kent’s Body View this post on Instagram
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This is not the first time Scheana had admitted that she was challenged by her baby weight gain, especially when she started filming for “Vanderpump Rules.”
In an interview with Us Weekly, Scheana said she couldn’t help but compare her post-baby weight loss to one of her new mom co-stars.
“I know that you’re never supposed to compare yourself to others, but it was very difficult for me and kind of impossible, when I have another friend who just had a baby and [they] bounce back immediately,” Scheana said. “She’s strutting around in a string bikini and I’m trying to cover up, but still look cute.”
Scheana was referring to her co-star Lala Kent, who was back wearing bikinis on Instagram shortly after delivering her baby just a month before Scheana did.
But since that time, Scheana has been killing it at the gym. In an Instagram post, she shared a clip of her working out at the gym at the Wallace on Sunset apartments in Los Angeles. She revealed that she was doing the Lightning Fit workout.
In the past, Scheana has lost weight by doing carb cycling. She once told Us Weekly she would go three days of eating no carbs and one day of healthy carbs to give her body a kickstart. She has also always been into working out, although having a personal trainer for a fiance probably doesn’t hurt either.
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