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Baby Sleep Help

Practical Help For Getting Your Baby To Sleep

Unless your baby is hungry, cold, or uncomfortable, it is likely that your newborn baby will spend at least 60% of her time asleep.

Your baby may fall asleep immediately after and sometimes during a feeding. She will possibly be indifferent to noises such as doors closing or the radio. In fact, she may find certain noises calming. Babies’ sleeping patterns do fluctuate, though, so if your baby is restless after a feeding, don’t persist that she stay in her crib.

It is important that your baby learn to distinguish between day and night. When it becomes dark outside, close the curtains and dim the lights very low. Ensure she is cozy enough, and when she wakes during the night, feed her promptly and silently without turning the lights up; don’t play with her. In time, she’ll learn the difference between a day and a night feeding.

You will perhaps find it easiest to let your baby sleep in something that makes her portable. During the day, a car seat is necessary if you drive. If you don’t have a car, a portable bassinet is proper both day and night because it is easily movable; some types can be attached to a wheeled framework to become a carriage. When she outgrows a bassinet she will require a proper crib.

Sleeping With You

Some parents opt to have their baby sleep with them because night feedings are easier to manage. It shouldn’t be a tough habit to break after a couple of weeks. If you do sleep with your baby, let her lie between you and your partner so she won’t drop out of bed. There is little prospect of rolling on top of her, but if you’re worried you may choose not to have her in your bed.

Maintain Temperature

Pay cautious attention to the temperature of your baby’s room. Babies cannot regulate their body temperatures as well as adults; to preserve the right degree of warmth they need a constant temperature and enough blankets or sleeping clothes to keep them warm – but not too warm. A night light or dimmer switch will mean that you can check your baby during the night without waking her.

Sleeping Outdoors

Except when it’s cold your baby will sleep fairly happily outdoors, but make sure she’s wrapped up and visible at all times and never place her in direct sunlight; pick a shady area or guard her with a canopy. If it is breezy, put the hood up on the carriage or bassinet to act as a windbreak. A mesh net will shield her from insects.

Keep The Baby Comfortable

Your newborn will want to be changed regularly, and while she is sleeping she should wear something that gives you easy access to her diaper. An all-in-one stretch suit or nightdress – one with a drawstring at the end so it doesn’t ride up her back – is best. It is important that your baby does not get too hot or too cold. In warm weather a diaper and an undershirt will be sufficient.

In the winter, you can ensure that your baby is warm enough by feeling the back of her neck with your hand. Her skin should feel about the same temperature as yours. If she feels too hot and sweaty, dress her in a lighter sleeper or remove a blanket.

Stimulate Sleep

Encourage your baby to sleep at night by wearing her out in the day with lots of stimulation: talk to her, pick her up, and give her plenty of different stuff to look at. If she wakes up a lot in the night because she is wet, use twofold diapers or diaper liners, and if she cries when you leave her, don’t immediately return and pick her up. Rocking her cot, removing a blanket, or varying her position may be sufficient.

Early on swaddling or wrapping your baby in a shawl or blanket may help her sleep; the sensation of being tightly enclosed gives babies a great sense of security. It is also a helpful way of calming a distressed baby.

To envelop your baby, you need a shawl or small blanket. Fold the shawl in half to form a triangle and lay your baby on it, aligning her head with the longest edge. Then fold one point of the shawl across your baby and insert it firmly behind her back. Do the same with the other side. Tuck the bottom of the shawl back underneath your baby’s feet to keep them covered.

The close wrapping holds your baby’s arms in a comfortable position that feels secure and may also help her sleep longer. If her limbs move while she is sleeping, she is less likely to wake if swaddled. Not all babies like swaddling and if yours doesn’t, don’t worry. It is safe to swaddle your baby in cold weather, but keep a check on her temperature by touching her skin. Unwrap her right away if she feels or looks too hot.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. There is, indeed, a lot to learn about this topic!

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How To Get Your Baby Into A Proper Naptime Routine

Babies learn to self-pacify and fall asleep by themselves, but only if you let her. Some parents think that letting their baby cry will hurt him or her. Fifteen or twenty minutes of crying will not hurt your child physically or mentally.

If you baby is not sleeping well during her first few months of life, you may want to try to cut back on the time she is awake by 15 minute increments. If she is getting overstimulated, then she will resist sleep and be hard to get to nap.

The way to prevent this is to observe her “sleepy” cues to be certain that you put her down when she is starting to get drowsy.

It is very important that babies learn to fall asleep by themselves so that they can self-soothe if they stir in the middle of the night. Otherwise, you may have a child that will not snooze through the night for a long time.

Normal sleep patterns are intermeshed with habitual eating patterns, so let us look at the stages of a baby’s life:

Newborn:

Your newborn will sleep somewhere from 16 to 20 hours a day, counting the naps that he takes between feedings. When your baby has been fed, let him remain awake for a short while and then put him down before he becomes overstimulated.

Two months:

At two months and older, your child should be permitted to try to self-soothe during their naptimes and bedtime. Crying is typical when you put your baby down, but it is okay. If he cries for longer than 10-15 minutes, then go in and check on him. Don’t get him up, but pat his bottom or lightly rub his back until he calms down.

3-6 months:

At around 3-6 months, your baby will cease taking one of his naps. Generally it is the third nap or late afternoon nap that they do not need as much. He may be a little fussy and may want to take a little nap, but you ought to try to keep him up if you want him to go to bed at a right time and sleep well through the night.

16+ months:

When your child is between 16-20 months, they commonly stop taking the morning nap in place of a longer nap in the afternoons. Babies this age regularly sleep between 10-12 hours a night and take a 2-3 hour afternoon nap.

Ground Rules about Naps

1) You determine when the nap starts and ends, not the baby.

2) When your baby is older than 4 months old, she will wake up crying if she hasn’t slept enough. She might have a soiled diaper, be in a position that is not comfortable, or cold/hot. Fix the problem and encourage her to go back to sleep. Babies that have enough rest wake up cheerful and in a good mood.

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