Essential Tips For Safe Sleeping For Your Baby

Nothing prepares you for parenting. You can read all the books ever written, watch all the online tutorials available and speak to as many moms as you can find, but nothing prepares you for parenting. It’s amazing, terrifying, energising and exhausting in equal measure.

Nothing is quite as disconcerting for new moms as nighttime. The first time you lay your little one down to sleep at night chances are you’re going to get almost zero sleep yourself. You will be so enchanting by their tiny snuffling snores and so petrified that something may happen in the night that causes them harm that you will sleep with one eye open.

Worrying too much does nobody any good but being aware of the very real dangers is essential. More than 3,500 infants are lost suddenly and unexpectedly each year while sleeping in the U.S. These accidental deaths are often due to suffocation, strangulation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Obviously you can’t keep vigil each and every night, that’s simply not realistic. A good parent is a well-rested parent. So what can you do to give yourself some peace of mind and ensure your baby is in a safe sleeping environment.

Well, read on below and I will give you some essential tips to ensure your little bundle of beautiful gets the safe sleep they need to blossom…

Room Share

Chances are you’re not going to want to let the little one too far from your side anyway so this should be an easy one – keep the baby’s sleeping area in the same room as you sleep for at least the first six months, ideally a year.

Try and keep the baby’s crib as close to your own bed as possible. Some parents advocate bed sharing but unless a lot of precautions are taken this can result in added danger.

When a baby share a common sleeping apace the calm presence of the mom actually helps to settle the child. Heart rate, breathing, anxiety levels and body temperature are all better regulated when sleeping close to their parents.

It’s been stated by the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) that room sharing can reduce the risk of SIDS by as much 50%.

Room sharing will also bring the added benefit of making easier for you to feed, change and generally comfort the baby throughout the night.

Ensure The Baby Sleeps On Its Back And The Bed Is Hard

While you may think that a baby’s bed should be as nice and soft as possible to ensure they get a comfortable sleep, you would be quite mistaken. The surface on which your baby sleeps should be firm. How firm? Well firm enough that it doesn’t indent when your baby is placed upon it.

Studies have shown that babies who sleep on soft surfaces are at an increased risk of SIDS. Similarly placing infants to sleep on a couch or in another child’s or adult’s bed can also increase the risk.

The risk of SIDS is also increased if babies are allowed to sleep on their sides or stomach. It’s very important to ensure that a baby is placed to sleep on their backs at all time, this is equally true for nap times as it is for bedtimes.

It’s understandable that some parents worry that babies can choke while on their backs but in reality, the anatomy of a child’s airwave won’t let that happen, the gag reflex will be engaged.

Ensure The Baby’s Mattress Fits The Crib

As well as being firm enough you need to ensure that your baby’s mattress fits the crib or bassinet they sleep in with an extremely snug fit.

Ensuring a tight fit is vitally important, without a firm edge your baby can get trapped between the mattress and crib walls, this can easily lead to injury and can sometimes result in something far worse.

So, when you making the purchase of your baby’s crib and mattress always check the fit, and then check it again. One rule of thumb to be aware of is that if you can squeeze more than two fingers between the mattress and the side of the crib, then the mattress is too small and you need to keep shopping around.

Some cribs are advertised to reduce the risk of SIDS, there isn’t a huge amount of evidence to support these claims. You should always buy a crib that meets the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Ensure The Crib Is Empty

The AAP’s safe sleep rules also stress that there should nothing else present in the crib at night apart from a fitted sheet. This means absolutely no toys, rattles etc. It also means no soft bedding, no sleep positioners, no extra blankets and no bumper pads. Anything extra left in the crib can potentially lead to strangulation or suffocation.

Well, there you have it, four tips to help ensure your better get a safe sleep and you have some peace of mind. I know it can be scary but the chances of anything happening to your little one are extremely rare, that however doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be as prepared as possible.

Remember also, if you’re ever in doubt about anything to with safe baby sleeping always refer to the AAP guidelines for advice.

Happy parenting!

How Good Night Sleep Impacts Children’s Physical And Emotional Development

Sleep is essential to wellbeing for everybody especially kids, because of their quick development and improvement from such tender age. It is evaluated that kids should sleep for roughly half of the day. This is fundamental to the advancement of a kid as their memory, behavior and social abilities develop altogether throughout this time. Sleep researchers demonstrate that if a kid is denied of sleep, they may not learn and develop to their maximum capacity and furthermore their physical wellbeing could be poor. Thus it is vital to guarantee kids get the right measure of sleep to make sure their growth isn’t compromised.

Sleep is a vital part of your kid's psychological and physical wellbeing since it enables their brain and body to rest and recuperate. There are numerous things you can do to enable your kid to get great quality sleep as frequently as could reasonably be expected.

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Breastfeeding Benefits For Mom And Baby

Breastfeeding is a beautiful gift given to us mothers, by nature!

It is important to remember that breastfeeding does not always come easy to everyone and that our journeys are all different.

Ask for help early on if you need it. There are many wonderful support groups and specialist feeding clinics available that are designed to support new mums.

Be kind to yourself and persevere, as the first few weeks can be tough. Once your breasts learn to regulate its milk supply, your nipples harden and baby becomes familiar with the feeding technique. The journey will be an easier one.

However long you decide to breastfeed is your choice and yours alone. Don’t be feel pressured into giving up before you or your child is ready.

Women are successfully returning to work and continuing to provide their babies with the benefits of breast milk. Small compact & discreet breast pumps make this possible, as mums are able to express milk at work and provide nutritious milk for their children via bottles during the day.

Breast milk can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen in the freezer for use much later.

Why Breastfeed?

Why Breastfeed

Mother and baby both receive many wonderful long lasting benefits from breastfeeding.

Benefits To Mom

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    Breastfeeding burns calories and is a wonderful natural form of weight loss.
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    Breastfeeding helps to reduce your risk of breast and ovarian cancer’s.
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    Breastfeeding helps to release a hormone called oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.
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    Breastfeeding helps to lessen your risk of postpartum depression.
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    Breastfeeding is empowering.
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    Breastfeeding is simple and no fuss.
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    Breastfeeding may help to reduce uterine bleeding after birth.
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    Breastfeeding will help to lower your risk of contracting diseases such as osteoporosis.
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    Breastfeeding saves time and money.
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    Breastfeeding aids in bonding between mother and child.
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    Breastfeeding is a time to relax.

Benefits To Baby

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    Breastfeeding is a wonderful bonding experience for mother and baby and can be the foundation of a beautiful close relationship.
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    Research has suggested that baby’s who are breastfeed have enhanced cognitive skills.
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    Breastfeeding reduces the risk of infant mortality.
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    Breastfeeding helps to build a strong immune system.
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    Breast milk is nutritious and is full of vitamins, protein and fat.
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    Breast milk helps with early brain development.
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    Breastfeeding lowers your child’s risk of developing asthma and or allergies.
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    Breastfeed babies have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses and or bouts of diarrhea.
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    Breastfeed babies are generally healthier and require fewer visits to the doctors.
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    Breastfeed babies are less likely to be over weight.

Are There Any On Going Benefits Later In Life?

Children continue to reap the benefits from breastfeeding long after they have stopped. Children who are breastfeed as babies are said to have:

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    Fewer cases of allergies, eczema and asthma later in life.
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    They have a lower risk of developing type one diabetes.
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    They have fewer cavities and healthier teeth.
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    They have a lower risk of becoming obese.
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    They have a strong bond with their mother.
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    They have a lower risk of respiratory illness.
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    They have fewer childhood cancers such as leukemia.

About The Author

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Like many women out there, Tracey Montford is an exceptional multi-tasker! Apart from steering a global business, managing 2 young boys & keeping the clan clean and fed, Tracey still finds time to provide creative inspiration and direction to the exceptional designs of Cake Maternity. From the branding, presentation and delivery, creativity is a big part of what Tracey does so naturally and effectively.

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