If you wake up on your back, turn onto your left side again. You can also try using pillows to stop yourself from lying on your back.
Continuous lack of sleep can make us feel exhausted and run-down so you may need to look at where you can get a nap, having an early night when you can, think about whether work is causing any stress and tiredness – I have had clients who have left work slightly earlier that they expected to because of the need to rest and ease stress.
The Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab are currently looking for parents to take part in a sleep study looking at how mums and babies behave during the night when using bed-side cots.
The study will involve an overnight stay in the Sleep Lab and night-time video will be used to record how mums and their babies sleep and behave when using a bedside cot.
The Lab needs mums with babies who are under 20 weeks old and the aim of the study is to find out how bedside cots are used.
To find out more about taking part in this study you can email the Lab: firstname.lastname@example.org
And it is well worth having a wander through their website for some brilliant evidence-based information about baby sleep
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Did you know that about half of all babies co-sleep with their parents by the time they are 3 months old? And on any given night a fifth of all UK babies spend at least part of the night c0-sleeping with one or both of their parents. (www.isisonline.org.uk)
This is despite co-sleeping being a frowned upon and considered a ‘dangerous’ practice in western society.
Some babies will happily sleep and settle in their Moses Basket or cot but if your baby doesn’t, you can be left feeling frustrated and exhausted and, if you know your baby will settle next to you in bed, chances are this is what is going to happen just so you can get some peace and some well deserved sleep.
According to the Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS), the most common reason for co-sleeping is breastfeeding. 70-80% of breastfed babies will sleep next to their mother at some point during those early months.
Co-sleeping is a very personal issue – and almost a bit of a taboo subject! It is something that has to be right for you and safe for your baby. If you are bringing your baby into bed with you, you need to make sure that where they sleep is safe, so make sure:
A 2009 study found that in 99% of cases, there was at least one risk factor present – in 75% of cases it was cigarette use by the mother and in 42% of cases either mum or dad had been drinking alcohol.
Due to all the confusion and negative messages about the safety of co-sleeping, many new parents ask about and end up sleeping on the sofa or in an armchair. They may do this deliberately or fall asleep there when feeding their baby.
The research tells us that sleeping on a sofa or in a chair with your baby is hazardous because babies are at a greater risk of being suffocated. According to ISIS: “The sofa is the only sleep environment in which SIDS deaths have increased in recent years, up from 6% in 1993-9 to 16% in 2003-6. This represents an increase from 24-42 deaths per year.”