Discover your baby’s sleep type with Jo Tantum’s new guide

Discover your baby’s sleep type with Jo Tantum’s new guide

To launch the New Pampers Baby-Dry nappy, Jo Tantum, our resident sleep expert with 25 years’ experience and a member of the Pampers Love, Sleep & Play Panel has identified baby sleep typologies, and provided helpful hints and tips to help aid a good night’s sleep for each type!

Starfish

Starfish
  • This is when your baby sleeps in the same position, on their back with legs and arms out. They also wake up often and regularly, but they don’t go back to sleep easily after you intervene with a sleep prop – which they need to get to sleep!

Jo’s Tip – A muslin square, knotted in the middle. Tuck it down your top before giving it to baby so it smells of you and comforts them. Also, try and teach your baby to fall asleep on their own gently. Start in the day, at nap times, watching for tired signs, then settle them for a sleep in their room.

 

Skylark

  • These are the babies that wake up early in the morning, singing and shouting, and refuse to go back to sleep whatever you try!

Jo’s Tip – Wave sounds. This can be a sleep App or sound machine. Keep it on continually while baby is asleep, so when they come into a light sleep phase it soothes them back to sleep. Total blackout is also key – remember that babies can’t tell the time! They don’t know it’s 5am! If your baby wakes up early, try and respond to them as though it’s still night, rather than creating a habit of early waking.

 

Sloth

sloth
  • These little ones love sleep and can sleep anywhere and everywhere - lucky you! But what happens when they wake up? You will know it’s going to be for a growth or developmental spurt or they are teething or not well.

Jo’s Tip – Increase feeding time by 5 minutes, if breast feeding and by 30ml if bottle feeding. If your baby is close to 6 months old, they may need weaning.

 

Owl

  • This is when your baby goes to bed late and then wakes up in the night. They’re wide awake for long periods and can’t get back to sleep!

Jo’s Tip – A Sleep Fest! Allow your baby to sleep for 3 hours during the day to reset their internal clock. Babies need lots of sleep and it’s a myth that if you don’t give them naps, they will be so tired that they’ll sleep through the night.

 

Meerkat

Meerkat
  • They stand up, move around trying to get comfortable all night and they don’t want to sleep. They’re late to bed and early to rise.

Jo’s Tip – Wind Down Time. Try bath-story-feed to establish a calming bedtime routine. Your baby is overtired and so they will thrash around trying to get comfortable just like we do. They will have lots of energy around bedtime and early in the morning, as their bodies and minds are overstimulated.


Having a good night’s sleep is crucial for a baby, it’s when important brain development occurs, as they process everything they have learnt during the day.

Night time sleep is when REM sleep happens, however REM sleep tends to happen towards the end of the night and it is also when the most movement takes place. Therefore it’s important to remove and reduce any factors which may disrupt this important sleep period for baby.

During the night a nappy has to deal with a lot! There is far more liquid to cope with than during the day, as a baby will pee approximately 3-4 times during the night. As the night goes on the nappy poses an increased risk of disturbing the baby through wetness and bulk, which makes them generally uncomfortable.

The new generation of Pampers Baby-Dry have 3 Absorbing Channels, which are designed to help spread wetness evenly through the nappy for less wet bulk in the morning. They also feature MicroPearls™, which absorb 30 times their weight in wetness, locking it away for up to 12 hours!

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