Tips and Tricks from Save Our Sleep – Tizzie Hall
I have heard the book ‘Save Our Sleep’ is a god send and that I must study her routine advice. So while I’m away on my baby moon alone in tranquil Shute Harbour, Queensland; I’m slowly getting through Tizzie Hall’s book. Many thanks to Tizzie as I have learnt so much already and I’m only a quarter through. Here are my notes:
Sleep Deprivation causes depression, short temper, guilt, mood swings, fatigue, irritability, mistakes, lack of concentration, slower reaction times and stress.
First 10 days after labour stay in your pyjamas and sleep as much as possible. (this is great for milk production)
No need to bath your newborn. A simple warm sponge bath is fine until the cord drops off. Ensure you clean baby’s groin area last to not contaminate washer.
Feed every 3 hours in the daytime
Feed every 5 hours at night
If you can breastfeed for up to 6 months there is less risk of asthma, eczema, allergies
First 4 days feeding routine
- 6 minutes each breast every 3 hours
- 9 minutes each breast every 3 hours
- 12 minutes each breast every 3 hours
- 16 minutes each breast every 3 hours
Once your milk is in, you can let baby sleep 5 hours
To calculate time, you start cycle at the beginning of feed; not at end. (7am / 10am)
Wind your baby every 3 minutes when feeding
Know your baby’s cry – a continuous cry means hungry and gaps throughout the cry is a tired baby
Average feed including wind time takes approximately
- 40 mins – 1 hour for newborn
- 30 mins – 10 weeks old
- 20 mins – 6 months old
Best time to express is in the morning when you are more relaxed
For milk production, breastfeed within every 5 hours up to 2 weeks old / 3kgs
No longer than 6 hour intervals up to 2 – 4 weeks old
No longer than 6 hours in day and 8.5 hours at night for 4 – 10 week old babies
Fill and seal the sterilised bottles within an hour. If you don’t then the bottle will need to be sterilised prior to filling.
Breastfeeding means fewer dirty nappies
If over 3 months and still breastfeeding, babies can go as long as 4 days without pooing as breast milk is already digested.
If your baby goes over 7 days then you should see your doctor as your baby could be constipated.
If constipated, 30ml of cool boiled water between feeds can relieve baby
If you are expressing make sure you do it prior to feeding your baby up to 8 weeks. 7am and 11am feeds.
Stored Breast Milk
Use within 24hours if in fridge after it is frozen
If put in fridge, place at the back of fridge and use within 4 days
You can store in freezer for up to 3 months
To defrost faster, sit bottle in warm water
Feed every 4 hours in the daytime
Feed every 6 hours at night
Wind your baby every 30mls
When feeding ensure baby is slightly upright to reduce wind
Move baby to their own bed before 5 months old if she is co-sleeping with you.
7pm bed time – 40 minutes / 80 minutes cycles
9pm / 11pm / 1am / 3am / 5am / 7am – these are the cycles of sleep
Don’t miss the 7pm sleep train
Ensure the cot is positioned away from blinds / cords / change table
Swaddle until showing signs of rolling while swaddled
The ideal bedroom temperature is 20 degrees
No need for night light – to increase circadian rhythm
Common for babies to wake at 4am – coldest part of the night so if this occurs you need another layer of clothes
Another sign your baby is cold is if they move about the cot often
Use mittens for hands
When you test a baby’s temperature, feel the back of their neck or their belly
General rule is that your baby requires one extra layer of clothing than you are wearing
Sleep rituals / habits – say good night to teddies, give milk 10-15 minutes prior, swaddle or brush teeth before sleep time.
It is normal for babies to make sudden movements when they are trying to fall asleep (startle reflex) happens up to 3 months old
Best manufactured swaddle wrap is the Doublewrap
Cheaper Version is 120cm cotton, bamboo or muslin square
Swaddling reduces risk of SIDS
Swaddle up to 6 months and only remove when signs of ability to roll when swaddled
No dummy at night as this can be a very hard sleeping aid to stop
No toys with long fur as baby can pull it out and inhale
Sleeping comforters are great – particular pyjamas, sheets, blanket, toys
Always put your baby down where you plan for them to wake
Don’t rock, cuddle, feed, dummy your baby to sleep as they will want this again between sleep cycles
Formula for settling your baby – Feed, wind, change nappy and swaddle. Put baby down on back and with comforter then go make yourself a tea/coffee and finish your cuppa. After this period, if your baby is crying go check they don’t have wind or poo.
Always listen to the type of cry your baby is doing.
Do not use baby talk – explain everything you do so they will learn language faster
Cloth nappies – approximately 12 changes a day
Disposable nappies – approximately 6 changes per day
I have so much to learn. What do you think about Tizzie Hall’s advice? If you have any tips and tricks of your own, please free to comment below.