Philosophy

From newborns to pre-schoolers

At Nest Nannies, every member of our team shares common philosophies on sleep training and care. These philosophies are based on extensive training and experience working with families in the home environment.

Newborns 0-6 weeks

At Nest Nannies we believe in the ‘fourth’ trimester – a time when your baby needs to adjust to life outside the womb. We believe that when babies have their needs met ‘on demand’ (primarily feeding and holding) they’re more settled and sleep through the night sooner.

Let’s not kids ourselves though. This is a very demanding time, especially when you’re also sleep deprived. We therefore suggest that during this time:

All hands are on deck at home (partners, brothers, sisters etc.)

You accept offers of help from others such as meals, care for older siblings and housework

It’s best not to enforce strict feeding and sleeping schedules

Infants 6-12 weeks

Now that you’re getting to know your baby, you can start subtly introducing a routine to help her understand the difference between day and night.

Now is also the time to introduce your baby to the dynamics of your family environment. This’ll help her adapt to your routine during the day and start sleeping longer at night.

Infants 3-6 months

Your baby should now start following a more structured routine. This’ll help her become more wakeful during the day and sleep through the night regularly.

We also recommend that you now:

Consider introducing solids (from 4-6 months)

Eliminate dummies, swaddling and wrapping to avoid dependence

Phase out night feeds (if medically appropriate)

If you start to identify any sleeping diculties – such as cat napping, regular night waking or always needing help falling or staying asleep – now is the ideal time to address them.

Infants 6-9 months

Your baby should now have a well-established routine. She’ll become even more wakeful during the day and sleep through the night most of the time (unless she’s unwell, teething or has accomplished a new developmental milestone).

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to introduce solids to your baby by sixth months at the latest.

Infants 9-12 months

Your baby will now be napping 2-3 times a day and sleeping through the night almost always (unless she’s unwell, teething or has accomplished a new developmental milestone).

Her solids will be well-established and she’ll be enjoying foods with a variety of textures. You can now also offer her finger foods to encourage self-feeding and chewing.

If you’re having issues such as unexplained crying, broken routines or poor sleeping, it’s definitely not too late to get the support and advice you need.

Toddlers 1-3 years

Your toddler will only need 1-2 naps a day – and should be sleeping through the night consistently (unless she’s unwell, teething or has accomplished a new developmental milestone).

She should now start eating similar foods to the rest of your family.

If you’re still having issues with routines and sleeping, it’s still not too late to get the support and advice you need.

Pre-schoolers 3-6 years

Your pre-schooler will only need one nap a day – and should be sleeping through the night consistently (unless she’s unwell, teething or has accomplished a new developmental milestone).

She’ll now be eating similar foods to the rest of your family.

If you’re still having issues with routines and/or sleeping, support and advice is just a phone call away.