Nothing can really prepare you for the sleep deprivation you experience as a new parent. When I look back on those first four months after we first bought Taylor home from the hospital it’s all a little blurry. I remember those hours we would spend trying to rock her to sleep (yeah right), swaddling, cooing, singing lullabys…and that piercing cry an hour later (already? Surely not!). Followed by the morning wake ups where we would frantically look for baby under the pillow, terrified that we’d fallen asleep and smothered her before putting her back into her crib…All parents know that you will literally try anything to get your baby to sleep through the night!
One thing that you can do to help baby sleep longer is make sure that they’re kept dry and comfortable all night long – the last thing you want to wake them is a leaky nappy. Pampers recently contacted me about their new Pampers Baby-Dry – a revolutionary nappy design with 3 Absorbing Channels and unique Micro Pearls™ that distribute wetness more evenly and lock it away for up to 12 hours. With New Pampers Baby-Dry working as hard as possible, little ones can say goodbye to a wet bulky nappy and hello to a dry night’s sleep.
And UK parents agree:
New Pampers Baby-Dry has been recommended by 88% of UK parents *
New Pampers Baby-Dry are also BritMums Bloggers Approved, Mumsnet Rated, Mother & Baby Tried and Tested and 90% of Netmums mums would recommend New Pampers Baby-Dry.
To celebrate the launch of New Pampers Baby-Dry, Pampers are working with baby sleep expert Jo Tantum – who is a member of the Pampers Love, Sleep & Play panel and has 25 years’ experience helping hundreds of families to achieve a peaceful night’s sleep. Jo has identified 5 sleep typologies that may help you to understand your baby’s sleep habits and needs better – so, is your little one a Starfish, Skylark, Sloth, Owl or Meerkat sleeper? Take a look and let me know using #PampersBabyDry.
This is when your baby sleeps in the same position, on their back with legs and arms out. They also wake up often and regularly, but they don’t go back to sleep easily after you intervene with a sleep prop – which they need to get to sleep!
Jo’s Tip – A muslin square, knotted in the middle. Tuck it down your top before giving it to baby so it smells of you and comforts them. Also, try and teach your baby to fall asleep on their own gently. Start in the day, at nap times, watching for tired signs, then settle them for a sleep in their room.
These are the babies that wake up early in the morning, singing and shouting, and refuse to go back to sleep whatever you try!
Jo’s Tip – Wave sounds. This can be a sleep App or sound machine. Keep it on continually while baby is asleep, so when they come into a light sleep phase it soothes them back to sleep. Total blackout is also key – remember that babies can’t tell the time! They don’t know it’s 5am! If your baby wakes up early, try and respond to them as though it’s still night, rather than creating a habit of early waking.
These little ones love sleep and can sleep anywhere and everywhere – lucky you! But what happens when they wake up? You will know it’s going to be for a growth or developmental spurt or they are teething or not well.
Jo’s Tip – Increase feeding time by 5 minutes, if breast feeding and by 30ml if bottle feeding. If your baby is close to 6 months old, they may need weaning.
This is when your baby goes to bed late and then wakes up in the night. They’re wide awake for long periods and can’t get back to sleep!
Jo’s Tip – A Sleep Fest! Allow your baby to sleep for 3 hours during the day to reset their internal clock. Babies need lots of sleep and it’s a myth that if you don’t give them naps, they will be so tired that they’ll sleep through the night.
They stand up, move around trying to get comfortable all night and they don’t want to sleep. They’re late to bed and early to rise.
Jo’s Tip – Wind Down Time. Try bath-story-feed to establish a calming bedtime routine. Your baby is overtired and so they will thrash around trying to get comfortable just like we do. They will have lots of energy around bedtime and early in the morning, as their bodies and minds are overstimulated.
If you’d like to try New Pampers Baby-Dry, you can visit this page on the Pampers website to claim your free sample.
*based on a survey of 790 UK Parents, given the samples in May 2016
This post is sponsored by Pampers.