Baby Sleep 101: Everything You Need To Know

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As a mom, one of the best and most relaxing moments is when the baby falls asleep. Sleep is a medicine to the baby, which is why you must ensure that he gets the recommended amount of sleep. So why is sleep important to the baby?

First off, there are a lot of things that happen to the baby’s body when she is asleep. After a good rest, the baby will be happy and be in a good mood all along. Concerning the health benefits, good sleep promotes proper brain development.

It promotes good health and helps to fight child obesity. Researchers point out that poor sleep in babies can lead to the development of obesity, which can then affect the child in the future.

On the contrary, if the baby doesn’t get enough sleep, he will have a bad mood, be cranky, and this will also affect your comfort.

Now, you need to learn some things that will assure you of a good quality sleep for your baby. Here is some useful information to educate you more about baby sleep.

Sleep Training

Sleep Training

As a new parent or even if you already had kids before, you should know that every child is different when it comes to sleeping habits. All in all, you need proper baby sleep training, especially if you just had your first baby. During sleep training, it is all about allowing the baby to adapt a specific sleep habit, as well as following a certain sleeping schedule. Keep in mind that the sleeping schedule will depend on the age and development of the child.

Sleep training also helps to limit the waking hours of the baby at night. As you sleep train the baby, you also eliminate the disruptions, which guarantees you a good sleep as well. Keep in mind that the baby will adapt the sleeping habits of either of the parents. Some will be easily irritated, others will be easy to sleep, while others will be naturally fussy.

Start sleep training as early as possible. The earlier you sleep train, the easier it is for the baby to adjust and sleep better. Ideally, you can start to sleep train when the child is around three months old.

Sleep Problems & Solutions

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As mentioned, every baby will have a unique sleeping habit. This means that even the sleeping problem will vary from one to another. Nevertheless, here is a look at the common baby sleep problems, along with how you can solve them;

1. The baby won’t sleep until you rock her. In this case, you can either train the baby to sleep somewhere else other than your arms or train her to sleep without rocking her. One way of dealing with the issue of rocking is to replace it with soft music or make some soothing sounds.

2. The baby sleeps anywhere, but not in the house. Maybe your baby can easily sleep in the car, but won’t sleep when you take him to the house. To deal with this, you will need to observe your baby’s sleeping cycle to ensure he gets enough sleep at night. This will prevent him from sleeping in the car. Try to keep him busy and awake when it the car.

3. She naps easily and wakes up shortly after. If your baby naps quickly but wakes up after less than 30 minutes, you will need to check if there is something that wakes her up. Maybe it is too cold, too quiet, too loud, or too warm. Ensure the environment is perfect for the baby.

These are some of the few problems you might experience. It is all about maintaining the sleep routine, and ensuring that the baby gets enough sleep in a conducive environment.

Bedtime Routines

Bedtime-Routines

Speaking of sleep routine, you should know that your baby needs to adapt to a specific bedtime routine every single night. Here are some tips to help you adapt a good bedtime routine;

  • Select and maintain a good time for sleep. The baby’s bedtime that you choose should be ideal enough, and you must maintain it every night. Some people prefer putting their babies to bed at around 8:30 PM, while others prefer between 6:30 and 7:30 PM.
  • Develop a routine. Some parents have a unique ritual whenever they put their kids to bed. Ensure you create an easy, short, calming, and probable ritual. It should be easy and enjoyable as well.
  • Keep it dark. The baby will have a better sleep when the lights are off. For that, ensure that the room is dark enough to boost the baby’s sleep.
  • Leave when eyelids are heavy {not shut}. This will help the child to get used to the dark environment when they wake up later on. However, if you leave when she is asleep, she will wake up and notice the place it darker than it was before she slept. What follows next? She’ll start crying, and you’ll have to take care of it.

Don’t forget to be flexible with your rituals. The more flexible the rituals are, the more enjoyable they become. However, make sure they are easy and somewhat related.

Sleep Safety

Safety comes first in everything. So unless your baby is safe enough during sleep, she might not get such a good sleep after all. So how do you go about the baby’s sleep safety? You need to ensure you put her to bed in the right posture, and on an ideal surface.

To begin with, you must put the baby on his back on a flat and firm surface. A crib or a bassinet would be fine. Avoid putting your baby to sleep on his stomach if he is under one year since he can choke or suffocate. After one year, the baby can then roll by himself either on his side or belly, which shouldn’t be a problem.

Check that you have dressed the baby in light clothes when you put him to sleep. If there are any ties or strings in the pajamas, remove them before the baby sleeps. Do not cover the baby’s head.

If you have two or more babies, ensure that they all sleep in separate cribs. Avoid putting your baby to sleep on the sofa, waterbed, or a soft mattress. Ensure that the baby sleeps in a safe condition and environment to prevent any risk of Sudden infant death syndrome {SIDS}.

Sleep Environment

Sleep-Environment

The sleep environment will determine if the baby will sleep well or not. With a good sleeping environment, it is all about focusing on three major aspects: Lighting, Temperature, and Noise.

1. Lighting

The room should be dark for the baby to sleep well. However, if you are using a night light, ensure that it is dim enough. When the light is bright, it will signal the brain, and the baby will wake up automatically. Avoid keeping your baby in front of the laptop, TV, tablets or smartphones when she is about to sleep. This will affect her sleeping time. Maintain a dim light even when you need to change the baby’s diaper.

2. Temperature

The room temperature should be conducive enough; not too warm nor too cold. According to sleep experts, the room should be between 68℉ and 72℉ (20–22.2°C) for you to sleep comfortably. You can check the baby’s skin if they feel too warm as they sleep. Also, check that they are not perspiring during sleep.

3. Noise

Some babies will sleep well in a room with soft music or white noise, while others will sleep well in a quiet room. Newborns are used to white noises since the womb is quite noisy. Whatever you prefer, ensure that it is not too loud and that it is soothing enough to allow the baby to sleep.

Ensure that the smell in the room is not too strong for the baby, lest he suffocates.

Gears & Gadgets

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Another strategy of boosting the sleep of the baby is by trying out some gears and gadgets. Here is everything you'll to help your baby sleep soundly and safely:

  • Crib
  • Crib mattress
  • ​Bassinet
  • Playard
  • Swing
  • Swaddle & Sleep Sack
  • ​Monitor
  • Glider or Rocking chair
  • Pillow
  • Nightlight

These are some of the gadgets you can consider getting to help boost the sleep and safety of your baby. Don’t forget to use pacifiers, but only for children over one year. You can also talk to your pediatrician for further guidance.

Remember to maintain a good environment, put your baby on a suitable surface {crib}, and be consistent with your daily routine to boost the sleeping time. Don’t forget to check with your pediatrician for any ailments if the baby has troubles sleeping even when you try all the applicable techniques.