FROM 3 MONTHS
Try baby whispering
“Whisper ‘I want you to go to sleep now’ in baby’s ear when you are about to put him down,” says early childhood nurse Claire Read.
“Although they won’t understand it at first, it’s amazing what babies do understand and they will soon associate these words with bedtime.”
Download an app
So, your baby is waking up more often at 12 weeks than six? Don’t panic. “It may be due to teething, a cold, wanting to practise a new skill or a developmental burst,” says Dr Emma Svanberg, a clinical psychologist who specialises in mums and bubs.
“The Wonder Weeks app ($1.99) is great to prepare yourself for sleepless and fussy periods.” It’s a calendar that helps you track your baby’s mental development, including times of rapid growth, which can affect sleep, appetite, clinginess and crankiness.