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Lauren Pope welcomed daughter Raine in July this year, so she knows first-hand how tough it is to get babies into a sleeping routine.
The former TOWIE star, who shares her child with millionaire boyfriend Tony Keterman, said shortly after the birth: "I now feel at my most content, I may have painful sore parts of my body and a belly that still looks five months pregnant but I don't even care, all I care about is being the best possible mum I can be and to soak in every minute of every day with her."
Now the 37 year old has had chance to develop a routine with her beloved daughter in order to make sure she's also getting sleep. A study by Owlet found that a third (31%) of parents would sacrifice sex claim, while 4 in 10 (40%) would give up alcohol, so it's clearly high on lots of parents' priority lists!
Here, Lauren shares her six top tips for getting your baby to sleep…
1. Dream Feeds
I try to get Raine to bed as early as possible and giving her a dream feed before she goes to bed extends her sleep as much as possible. If she’s still semi-awake, I try to feed her between 10pm and midnight.
2. Use technology for peace of mind
I’ve always bagged the best tech to help me put my mind at ease whilst Raine’s asleep. Using the Owlet Smart Sock 3 means I can always keep an eye on her, so when she’s sleeping soundly, I can too. I can also use it to track Raine’s sleep patterns so I know when she’s likely to wake.
3. Sleepy but awake
I always try putting Raine to bed when i know she’s about to drift off but is still awake. This gets her used to getting to sleep without me being there and the all important self soothing!
4. Natural daylight
Getting out in the day for some fresh air and natural light is a fab way to get them used to the difference between day and night, meaning they're likely to sleep for longer. I always try to take Raine out in the pram at least once a day whilst I grab a coffee. This can be difficult when the clocks change and the days get shorter, but it’s always worth it!
I found swaddling Raine before she went to sleep, a great short-cut to help her fall asleep in the first three months. However, you must make sure this is done carefully and not too tightly – there are loads of online guides likethis onethat you can follow.
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6. Sleeping soundly
It may seem obvious when you’re getting your little one to sleep but there are some other things you might not think about. Like keeping a consistent noise in the background, we use a white noise machine but I’ve been told that keeping on even when they’re asleep can help them settle down again if they suddenly wake up.
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