During our discussions on the SoLo Baby massage course, we often get round to talking about baby sleep and routines.
So many mums I meet have trouble getting their babies to sleep in the daytime, even when they can sleep well during the night.
This is such a common complaint for mums with babies aged 2-6 months. Some of the best advice I've been given is to get your baby to sleep MORE and put them to bed before they're too tired. Otherwise you're left with a baby who is overtired - that's when they'll doze off while feeding, or fall asleep in the buggy/car/carrier.
Babies under 6 months still need so much sleep - the world is very overstimulating for them! Many sleep experts will suggest that they need to nap after 2 or 2.5 hours. Although this is a quick turnaround for you (if you need to get in a feed or a trip to the shops!) and it means that some short-nappers will be sleeping up to 4 or 5 times a day (!), it can be a good guide to think about if you're ready to set up daytime sleep routines.
So forget struggling to look out for signs of tiredness (rubbing their eyes, yawning, irritability) as these will often mean it's too late! If it's been 2 hours or more, the chances are your little one could do with a rest. Keep an eye on the clock, or use an app or your diary to make a note of when they wake up, so you can try and keep their sleeping regular.
Join us on a baby massage course where we discuss everything from sleeps to feeds in our classes.