Baby Sleep Day was held on March 1st, 2017. Pediatric sleep experts made themselves available around the clock all over the world on the Pediatric Sleep Council’s Facebook page in order to answer parents questions regarding their baby’s sleep habits. The main focus was how to get babies to sleep longer.
Melissa E. Moore, psychologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, recommended the Facebook Q&A session to parents on Philly.com. As a mom, Dr. Moore also suggested a few tips of her own, namely to separate the eating routine from the falling asleep routine. Just doing that, she wrote, would lead to longer sleep for babies (3 months and older) and parents. Specifically, “at bedtime only, feed first (yes this will make the baby sleepy), then do a bedtime routine that is 5-30 minutes long (yes this will wake the baby), then put the baby down for sleep.” This allows your baby to get used to falling asleep from a wide-awake state without having eaten just beforehand. As a mother, Dr. Moore admits that this could be a tricky request for moms who thrive on the feed-then-right-to-bed multitak approach. But, separating eating from falling asleep works, she says.