Sleep sense for babies and toddlers

Sleep deprivation is usually the first thing most parents complain about after having a baby.

Occupational Therapist and author Megan Faure speaks to 702's Phemelo Motene on how new parents can make sense of why babies sleep less at night.

She says when babies are born they find it difficult to distinguish between day and night because before they are born they sleep more during the day with all the movement the mother makes and stay awake when the mother is sleeping at night.

Sleep deprivation is ultimate form of torture

Megan Faure, Occupational Therapist and author

She suggests that a baby be fed regularly, possibly every 3 hours. If the baby is sleeping more than 3 hours, wake the baby up and start feeding.

Interaction with the baby also helps to keep them awake during the day and at night make sure they are relaxed, preferably with the lights off, says Faure.

Don't change the nappy at night unless they actually soiled it, keep it very quiet at night so that they learn to distinguish between day and night.

Megan Faure, Occupational Therapist and author

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