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Dear Sir/Madam,

My baby girl is 10 months and 1 week old now. She is being cared by babysitter in Malaysia whereas my husband and I are working in Singapore. We only go back to see our baby during weekends.

Maybe due to environment change or other unknown reason, my baby cannot sleep well during the night when we fetch her back to my mum‘s house in Johor on weekends (my husband is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). My baby has been sleeping in sarong since she was 2 months old. However, she always moves around with noise at night but her eyes are not opened. She has milk before she sleeps. This caused my husband and I to be deprived of enough sleep. Due to long period of tiredness, my husband and I are unable to provide extra care for our baby like playing, reading or providing enough water from time to time,etc.

Also, it is impossible for me to establish a sleeping routine for my baby since she is taken care of by babysitter in Malaysia.

I would like to seek your advice and experience which may be helpful to us,

Thanks.

Asked by SY Chai - Posted 4 years, 4 months, 22 hours, 57 minutes ago.

Dear SY Chai,

I fully understand how tired both you and husband must be. Being sleep deprived is no laughing matter. However,  the information in your email is not comprehensive. But I will try my best to answer your question.

Firstly, you need to know what your baby’s sleep pattern and habit is with the baby sitter.This include when she naps, how long does each nap last, what time is bedtime, how does she fall asleep and is she able to self sooth to sleep. Does she normally sleep noisily? When you get all these information, you then can try to be as consistent with her pattern and routine as possible.  Minimising disruption to her sleep pattern and routine will reduce the challenges.

With regards to where she sleeps, it is necessary to have a conducive sleep environment. This will promote better sleeping habits in future. It is not necessary to have the place very quiet and very dark but it should be an environment where sleeping is encouraged.This include the lighting, the bedding, the room and the surrounding.

I hope these little information will be useful. All the best.


Regards,

Jennifer Hor
United Kingdom trained Nurse and Midwife
Specialty : Early Parenting Skills and Parentcraft Education

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