Published: Tuesday 27 August 2019

Baby sleep tip #9: Follow the eat, wake, sleep cycle

This is when your baby wakes from their nap and immediately eats. Playtime can then follow. Then the baby goes back to sleep….

Using this cycle has a number of benefits.

First, it encourages a good feed by allowing the baby to eat immediately after waking. Your baby will have more energy on just waking and is, therefore, more likely take a fuller and longer feed.

Also, by feeding your baby after sleep rather than before sleep, the cycle prevents your baby from associating food with sleep or using food as a sleep prop.

With this cycle you may be wondering what happens at bedtime? Bedtime is the only time you feed before sleep.

As with all advice relating to babies and children this may not work for all, as younger babies and newborns need frequent and regular feeds.

If you're having trouble with sleep at home, book in for a free 15 minute consultation during which we'll discuss how we may be able to help you solve sleep issues and get sleep patterns back to normal for all! You can find more information on our sleep support packages here or give us a call on 01273 702496.


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