Teething

Helping Your Baby Sleep Through Teething: Effective Tips

A lot of parents find that they make progress with their baby’s sleep and then teething stops them in their tracks. Your baby is likely to experience teething for about 2 years and this can mean that sleep is hard to master.

  1. When your baby teethes, this can have a significant impact on how they experience their sleep. Our task is to comfort and support them as best as we can during this time and know that each teething phase will pass, and you will both get reprieve
    Do your best to have enough daytime sleep for your child based on their age and stage. The more age-relevant rest that your child achieves by day-the more able they may be to cope with teething pain overnight.
  2. Expose your child to bright and natural light, fresh air, and outside activity; Light plays a significant part in helping to regulate your child’s sleeping patterns. Ensure that they are getting lots of age-appropriate activity and that they don’t spend too much of their day in the buggy, car, or highchair.
  3. Connect and engage with your child with plenty of uninterrupted one to one time- chat with them and have lots of eye and physical contact to continue to help them feel loved, safe, seen, heard and secure.
  4. Plan your bedtime routine before they become obviously tired. Avoid waiting for intense symptoms such as intense eye rubbing or big yawning or becoming fussy or vocal. engage in present, available, connected, and calming activities to help prepare them for sleep.
  5. If teething disturbs their sleep- have a response plan that aligns with your parenting approach and manage pain appropriately – comfort and support them as they need you too. Avoid having an unpredictable approach.

Trust yourself and trust your baby to know what is needed during this intense phase and how best to support them in that. Understand that the teething episodes will pass and are not indefinite–although it can often feel that way.