2) Doing too much
Yes, you’ve had a baby, but life doesn’t stop. You’ve still got people to see, shopping to do, babygrows to wash…
But anything new is hugely stimulating for a baby who’s under 12 months. Every room will be full of different smells, sounds and sensations that she needs to adjust to.
Don’t introduce your baby to anything unfamiliar in the run-up to bedtime.
Her brain is working overtime, and the result is that she can become over-stimulated, then over-tired.
When this happens, it’s harder for her to get to
sleep, because she’s upset. ‘This is a juggling act for parents,’ says Siobhan Mulholland, author of Helping Your Baby To Sleep. ‘Our lives
are busy, but babies less than a year old are usually very happy in an environment that’s dull, boring and familiar.’
If you want to work towards a good night, the golden rule is not to do too much that’s new in any one day. And definitely don’t introduce your baby to anything unfamiliar in the run-up to bedtime.