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Give things a go

By Poppy

Give things a go

Bedtime between 6 and 9pm for the first eight weeks sometimes proved challenging to settle Penelope in a short time frame. Some nights we could spend two hours in and out of her room re-settling. We were advised to try shushing quietly and rocking her cot. This constant white noise sound and some movement worked well. During the day I still take her pram walking and she loves the movement and fresh air, it’s a great morning sleep plus she gets used to the hustle and bustle of life and is more likely to sleep through noise.

When you know what you are looking for, settling can become a whole lot easier. Some of these tips we learned prior to Penelope’s arrival and others we learnt as we went. Speaking to friends with children, seeking family advise, professional help from local maternal child health nurses all proved helpful. Everyone has their own ideas and tips. Some well-intended tips we just smiled at, nodded and politely thanked, others we actively tried. Every child is different and different things work for different families. My advice is to give things a go and stick at it for at least three days to see what settling techniques work for you.


WWWT – Team It takes time to find the settling technique that suits you and your baby. For more information see the What Were We Thinking website.

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