4 Reasons to provide a feed earlier at bedtime
- May improve sleep ability
If you aim to have the last feed over at least 45m before sleep time and you have also then use the stay and support staged based approach then you are creating a fertile ground for a high level of sleep ability required to support sleep in general.
- May reduce night waking
A high sleep ability at bedtime helps to promote a higher sleep ability overnight which may reduce the risk of waking unnecessarily. You may still need to work on the overnight, but you are creating the scope to do so.
- Naps may be easier and longer
Sleep ability created at bedtime may unlock the napping mechanism meaning the nap is not a battle and may also start to lengthen
- May reduce early waking
A high sleep ability at bedtime created by moving the feed enables the last sleep cycle at 4-5am to get stronger for many, ultimately resulting in a later wake time.