Sep 23, 2010
Posted in Baby Care, Parenting

Know your ABCs of Handy Baby Sleeping Strategies – Part 1

For helping out mother and child in earning their much-deserved snooze time which is so important here are some of the top sleep pointers, tricks and vital facts.

A – Avoid Eye-to-Eye Contact

The final thing one wants during pre-bed times is exciting the little one. Long-lasting or ardent eye-to-eye contact with a mother is among the highly invigorating things for a baby. Hence, averting eyes while one puts the infant off to sleep or soothing him/her when she awakens.

B – Bathing Times

Tepid water merged with supple, tender stroking using wash cloths could soothe one and all. However foregoing squirting playthings and keeping voice and activities to minimal is advisable for making bathing times a relaxing experience for the baby.

C- Co-sleep

Irrespective of one being a proponent or anti co-sleeping, researches have found that kids co-sleeping with parents grew up with more self-worth and lesser nervousness. For safe co-sleeping, placing co-sleepers or bassinets close to the beds. AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) doesn’t suggest that parents share their beds with their infants.

D- Dreamfeeding

In case the infant habitually awakens at nighttimes famished then dreamfeeding may be of assistance. The terminology ‘dreamfeeding’ is a parental directed late-dusk feed. The concept is that rather than wait for the child to wake-up ravenous, feeding the infant prior to going to bed when he/she is slumbering. Several individuals deem that the additional feed helps in feeding his/her tummy to just the right extent for earning some additional undisturbed snooze.

E – Emptying Cribs

Although adorable facets are basically sweet yet being safe is far significant. The sleeping surfaces are to be kept clear off all items but the cutest ones in the bedroom, your little one. Blanket, bumper and soft toys could be unsafe and increase chances of the baby suffocating or stifling. A well-fit bed sheet is the sole thing that babies would need on their mattresses. In case, parents are concerned regarding warmness then they could opt for sleep sacks rather than loose blankets.

F – Fragrances

A number of small snouts could be nuzzled to sleep with the scents of a single or duo drops of innate lavender essential oil on tissues placed close to the bedside. Though lavender and several others have proven relaxing and anxiety-lowering properties, such scents are not advisable for kids below six months of age. Hence for the ones that are under six months or ones having skin or nasal sensitivities should ideally not be given fragrance-infused tissues and instead trying non-scented laundering detergents while crib beds are washed for reducing any discomforts.

G – Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Also called GERD, it is a prevalently non-diagnosed medical condition which is accountable for sleep issues among several infants. GERD is the result of malfunctioning muscle located at the meeting point of abdomen and esophagus resulting in acid being pushed out into the infant’s esophageal area leading to pains. An affected child would spit up, exhibit colic-similar fussiness, wheezes, chokes or gags and nursing issues, In case one has worries regarding GERD it is best to consult a child specialist.

H – Hands On

While transferring the infant to the crib during bedtimes, place one’s hand softly on his/her belly, arm & head areas for comforting and soothing effect. Even just basic things like the mother being close-by could make the child feel secure during nighttimes.

I – Idyllic Bedtimes

It is mostly tricky in trying to put an overly exhausted infant to sleep. Hence establishing a set bed time is vital and several specialists feel that anytime in-between six to seven in the evening is apt for majority of the below one year old infants. Parents need to take into consideration their job schedules and their infant’s requirement for spending time with his/her parent. No sooner has the special time been set, the baby would show readiness for going to bed. Routines are the essence irrespective of whether you are a mom working from house or working outside. Astonishingly, early-to-bed doesn’t essentially translate to early-in-rising; a sound night’s snooze mostly leads to later waking-up time.

K – Keep it cooled

It is known that one sleeps better once the room temperatures are just-right which is also applicable for babies. According to AAP recommendation, the ideal temperatures for an infant’s room should ideally be lying in-between sixty-five to seventy degree Fahrenheit for preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

L- Lighting off

Sleeping rooms are to be darkened to assist the small night-time owls in understanding when it is sleep time. Ideally foregoing night lights and using darkish curtain or black-out shade for simulating night hours during day-times. Once the baby’s waking up time nears irrespective of day or post-napping simply opening the curtain and letting light permeate in to assist the child in understanding the differences.

M – Massages

Infants and tots enjoying a fifteen minute bed-time massaging go to sleep sooner as compared to the ones who are narrated stories, according to a study outcome. Hence, dab on some baby oils and rubbing the infant using gentle stroking and medium pressures.

N – Napping

Apart from the apparent gains of taking naps, they are vital to the infant’s development mentally and physically. Hence, parents must never try omitting napping with the erroneous belief that the infant would snooze more during night, since the contrary holds true.

O – Over-night Diapering

Soaked diapers during nights could be incommodious. In case a child snoozes through soaked diaper (although any faeces must be instantaneously changed) and one is not giving treatment of diaper rashes then not waking up the child. Extra-absorbent, over-night diapers alongside the use of diapering creams for protecting skins, in case necessary; would keep the child snug and hopefully asleep.

P- Pacifier

A pacifier during bed time could assist the child by soothing him/her to sleep and researches have shown that it might additionally shield from sudden infant death syndrome. Once the infant goes to sleep then take out the binky so that he/she does not awaken in case it falls off. One should ensure that the binky is soft-textured alike Soothies so that it does not cause hurting in case the child is rolling onto it.

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