• Michelle Leon-Gibson

Getting to Know Your Newborn

Updated: Feb 10, 2018

The first 4 months are about learning about your new little human!

Sleepy Cues

In the beginning stages of my work with families, we begin with ensuring that the sleep environment is conducive to healthy sleep and then we work on having parents identity their child’s SLEEPY CUES. Every child has them and from one child to the next they could look very different.

Sleepy cues are incredibly important as they are the signal from the child that they are in that primed time for sleep. If we miss these cues, we head into the “danger zone” where your child will miss that sleep window, get an influx of the stress hormone cortisol, thus resulting in the dreaded “second wind”. This second wind affects the rest of the day’s sleep and then pushes into the night sleep, and there we have night wakings, too early wake-up times and a host of other issues!

Common sleepy cues include:

  • Yawning

  • Gazing off into space

  • Tugging on own ears or hair

  • Less interest in toys or people

  • Decreased activity

  • Sucking is weaker or slower

Keep an eye on baby AND the clock to ensure you don’t miss baby’s sleep window and you will be on your way to a rested, happy life with baby!

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