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the pathway to responsive sleep
This graph shows your baby’s sleep cycles from around 4 months old. It shows the transition from falling asleep into rem sleep, (rapid eye movement) through non-rem, deep sleep and back into rem or light sleep . Many babies wake after one sleep cycle around 30-45 minutes when they enter the light sleep again, unable to get back into deep non-rem sleep. If your baby has had help in getting to sleep initially then they may will need your support again when they have woken up during the return to rem sleep, whereas, if they have settled alone, they should be able to get back into the next sleep cycle independently. The Pathway to Responsive Sleep, helps you to determine their level of cry, knowing when to go in and what to do, helping your baby get to sleep by themselves.
baby's night sleep cycle
Start of their sleep cycle.
Active sleep, where your baby easily awakes.
light rem sleep
Deeper sleep with slow rhythmic breathing.
Restorative deep sleep, where your baby grows and heals.
more aware of their surrounding so baby easily awakes.
KEY: REM = Rapid Eye Movement
guru top tips
From what to take to the hospital when you go to give birth, through to those first few tentative days with a new baby, and into the beginning stages of weaning – so many questions arise, when should you be feeding? These guides should help to answer those questions and give a bit of reassurance.
more helpful resources
Sam is asked lots of questions about baby behaviour. She’s compiled a list of most frequently asked questions here.
48 hour diary
Before your first consultation, Sam will ask you complete a sleep or behaviour diary. You can download the diary here.
Sam regularly updates her blogs with helpful baby sleep and behaviour articles. Check out The Baby Guru Blog.