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:

Soaking Up Vitamin D

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.

 

 

Breastfeeding

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

  1. 6 minutes each breast every 3 hours
  2. 9 minutes each breast every 3 hours
  3. 12 minutes each breast every 3 hours
  4. 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

 

 

 

Bottle

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

 

 

 

Sleeping

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.

 

Learning

Do not use baby talk – explain everything you do so they will learn language faster

 

Nappy Changes

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.

 

 

 

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