Some experts encourage new mums to let their baby cry themselves to sleep, but this may be much harder in reality! Even the experts don’t agree on how long is appropriate for baby to cry.

Personally, I found a gentler method was a better approach. Introducing a consistent routine and a phrase or cue that you use for sleep time can be a good way to prepare (your baby responds best when you convey confidence in their ability to settle). If your baby doesn’t appear to be settling when you leave the room, try reassuring them with your voice or gentle touch without picking them up. Be prepared to make a few trips to start with.

There’s a big difference between how you would manage a one-month-old baby and a six-month-old baby, so please call me for more personalised advice.

We all need a shoulder to cry on, after all...

- Kristin