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Night-time survival guide

You’re tired. They’re tired. It sucks, but help is at hand.

All you want is a full night’s sleep, but that’s not likely to happen in the first few weeks. Never fear, our three-step guide gives you hints and tips to help you prep like a boss & master the bedtime routine.

STEP ONE: Prep like a boss.

Make the most of your day-time brain power to prepare for night time feeds.

A hungry baby waits for no-one. If you’re formula feeding, count out the scoops and store in dispensers ready to make up a feed.

Skip the long wait for a feed to cool with a Perfect Prep machine that serves up a fresh feed at body temperature in just 2 minutes.

Say goodbye to the night-time crawl around the floor with a glow-in-the-dark soother and a stack of nappies, wipes and spare clothes.

And don’t forget the nappy bin, the last thing you need is a 3am trip to the outside bin.

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STEP TWO: Master the bedtime routine!

The bedtime routine starts in the daytime with plenty of daytime exposure and regular naps.

About an hour before bed enjoy some quiet time with baby. A warm bath can help baby relax.

Keep the lights low and create a cosy nurturing space with the soothing sounds of a Grofriend sleep aid.

Dress baby in nightclothes, a multi-tog set of Grobags will help your little one to sleep comfortably in winter without adjusting your heating.

Keep the room temperature between 16-20°C. The Groegg digital nursery thermometer helps you keep an eye on the temperature.

Give your baby their last feed before bedtime.

Place your little one in their cot while they’re still awake. The safest place for baby to sleep for the first six months is in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you. The portable Sleepee Basket makes moving a sleeping baby easy.

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STEP 3: Be consistent and most importantly, don’t do it alone.

When it comes to surviving night time, being prepared helps, but it’s still tough sometimes. Every baby is different, so don’t beat yourself up if it takes some time.  

If you need some moral support there are loads of great baby groups online, often with other parents up in the early hours going through the same stuff.

Ultimately, you’re working on their schedule and all you can do is keep calm and #parenton.

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