Sleep seems an illusive thing to a new mother! And having a little one with reflux makes it even more impossible… Once your little bird is around 7-8 weeks old, they will have found a pattern of their own, at this point in time you will be in a position where you can start to comfortably & safely guide them into a schedule that benefits them and you. This is not sleep-training, this is more a very gentle, nudging towards a routine, respecting their needs and always applying the utmost love, consideration and sympathy for their little personalities.

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Every baby is different, there is no one-size fits all approach, however I would like to recommend a couple of resources for you to learn from and will allow you to apply what works for you and for them.

The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell Smith

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau

You may have heard of Gina Ford.. for good or bad reasons – she is a little controversial with her ‘sleep training’ attitudes, and certainly not what you would describe as gentle! However, I have personally used her schedules for time guidelines and found them extremely helpful to understand what my little one needed at each milestone. I would not recommend applying her training techniques, as it has now been scientifically proven that babies brains are just not mature enough to learn to ‘self-soothe’ and even if you think it is ‘working’, what you have actually taught your baby is to ‘freeze’ in times of need – which could result in seriously dangerous situations such as SIDS. More information on this can be found here.