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Pampers asks does your baby sleep like a Starfish, Skylark, Sloth, Owl or Meerkat?

Pampers asks does your baby sleep like a Starfish, Skylark, Sloth, Owl or Meerkat?

To celebrate the launch of New Pampers Baby-Dry, Pampers are working with baby sleep expert Jo Tantum.

Jo 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. 

She has identified five 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?

Starfish

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 Tantum’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.

Skylark

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 Tantum’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.

Sloth

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 Tantum’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.

Owl

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 Tantum’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.

Meerkat

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 Tantum’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 pampers.co.uk to claim your free sample.  

Jo Tantum

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