Articles by Dr. Linda - Holistic Pediatrician

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Dads with postpartum depression

"Dr Linda, I am so angry and frustrated since we had our baby, what is going on?" New dads:  It is very normal to feel some frustration and anxiety as you adjust to your new responsibilities as a dad, like your partner's "baby blues," however, if these strong feelings...

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No Juice for Babies According to the AAP

No Juice for Babies According to the AAP The American Academy of Pediatrics just came out with new recommendations about fruit juice for babies and children, in which they recommend that no juice be given to babies less than 1 year old (unless it is needed to treat...

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Making Mealtimes Matter.

“Dr. Linda, my baby is 4 months old. Do I need to start a routine for baby meals yet?   The earlier you start a routine, the faster you will both learn it  and make it a habit. Make baby meals special times. They are a time for bonding, teaching and  communicating...

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Is my 5 month old baby hungry?

Is My Baby Hungry? Dr. Linda: “My 5-month-old is getting up every 2-3 hours at night now even though she had been sleeping through the night. Is my baby hungry? Is that why she is waking up? Should I start feeding her baby food?" There are two main reasons most...

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4 steps to dealing with nighttime arousals.

Getting Your Baby to Sleep Create Strong Sleeping Habits by Recognizing Your Baby’s Expected Sleep Pattern: Babies between 4 and 6 months of age begin to wake up every 2-3 hours as part of their normal development. Be Cautious of the Habits Your Establish This is a...

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2 skills you can use now to teach your baby to fall asleep.

Newborns are fabulously intelligent beings who need to learn how to do almost everything.

Unfortunately, most newborn babies do not know how to fall asleep on their own. By learning these 2 skills, you should be able to easily teach your baby how to fall asleep on his own, you just need to become a close observer of your baby’s behavior as well as a patient, consistent teacher.

 

1.Learn baby’s patterns of behavior:

Babies are creatures of habit. Most newborns function on a 90-minute rest and activity cycle, where they are active for 90 minutes and then need to sleep. Watch your baby closely so you recognize this cycle throughout his day, and then use it to help him sleep.

During the 90-minute alert cycles, your baby may be very active, may be more quiet and watchful, or may be a mixture of the two. At the end of the 90-minute alert cycle baby will need to sleep for a period of time. When baby wakes up from his nap the new 90-minute cycle starts again.

Recognizing this 90-minute cycle in your baby’s day gives you the ability to know approximately when baby will need to sleep so you can be watchful and not miss his sleep cues and end up with an overtired baby that cannot fall asleep

As your baby gets older this same cycle is still there, but instead of needing to sleep every 90 minutes, your baby may stay awake for multiples of the 90-minute cycle like 180 minutes (3 hours) and then need to go down for a nap.  Just be alert to this and you will find that training baby to sleep is easier than you think.

Dr. Polly Moore in her book, The Natural Baby Sleep Solution, teaches about this in detail. I highly recommend you read it.

 

 2. Learn baby’s sleep cues:

Sleep cues are the behaviors your baby will have when he is sleepy. As soon as you recognize a sleep cue it is important that you slow down or stop whatever you are doing, and get baby ready to sleep as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may end up with a fussy, overtired baby who is ‘fighting’ sleep.

Here are a few of the more common sleep cues in babies.

1.Rubbing the yes: Baby may rub his eyes either on your clothing, on a surface like a blanket or, as he gets older, with his fists.

2.Withdrawal: as baby gets tired he may stop playing and interacting with you.

  1. Yawning.
  2. Fussiness.

Your baby is unique, so observe him closely to learn his sleep cues. Whatever he does right before he falls asleep will be one of his sleep cues.

I hope you find this post helpful, and I would love to hear what you’ve found to be your baby’s unique sleep behavior.

To your holistic health,

Dr Linda


My name is Dr. Linda, and I’m glad you stopped by. I am a board-certified Pediatrician, also board-certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine, as well as Infectious Diseases, with more than 30 years of clinical practice under my belt. More importantly, I’m also the mother of two … and all my years of training did not prepare me for the the day-to-day job of being a parent. I know first-hand the anxiety of becoming a first-time parent: not knowing what to do; who to trust; where to go for plain talk about raising healthy children – healthy in mind, body, and spirit. [CLICK to Read More…]

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