Sep 28, 2010
Posted in Baby Care, Parenting

Know your ABCs of Handy Baby Sleeping Strategies – Part 2

Q – Quirky mends

Often it is indiscernible as to what may do the trick and the extent possible one may go to put a baby to sleep. Stories abound about infants rocking in a baby swings throughout the night by their moms or dads, papas repeatedly slow-driving their babies around and mothers seated on cloth-dryers as they cradle their babies – just to lull the little one to sleep. Haven’t most of us been through it and till the time it is working and not risky – why not give it a shot.

R – Routine setting

It has been proven that maintaining consistency in night-time schedules could assist the infant in understanding that it is snooze time. Opt for a relaxing practice and adhere to it – being consistent is important.

S – Swaddle

Many newly-turned parents would profess about the importance of mastering the art of making infant-burritos and how vital it is to the infant’s sleep. Since newborns are so accustomed to be securely packed in the uterus of their mothers hence wrapping them in swaddling blankets mimics the experiences and helps them in sleeping better.

T – Tell Stories

Irrespective of the story being read (such a small baby would anyways not be capable of understanding it and one may as well self-entertain), story-telling pre-bed times in a calming voice helps to soothe the baby. It is additionally a good habit which could be carried forward as the child grows.

U – Understand signs

Rather than wait for a total wear-down, parents should be looking for signs that the baby is worn-out like eye rubbing, whining or yawning. Several overly exhausted infants might be doing the contrary and behave all wound up, baffling the parent. It is important to be attentive to the infant’s distinctive signs and it could be simpler to ascertain when bed-time is due. According to the AAP (America Academy of Pediatrics) recommendation, babies should be put to bed prior to spotting such cues, hence looking for some typical behaviour during the day when the baby is getting weary and using it for gauging his/her bed time.

V – Voices

Voices of mothers are already recognizable by their babies and as a result have an encouraging outcome on them. Mothers could shush or speak or use a pacifying tone to assist the infant in drifting into a world of dreams well-aware that his/her mother is securely close-by.

W – White noise

Giving the infant hushed or quiet treatment is preferably not advisable since within the uterus your infant was accustomed to continual sounds of heart beats, abdominal noises hence maintaining a silent surrounding may startle the baby. Several infants drift more easily into deep-sleep when a white-noise source is started like fans or machines.

X – ‘xoxo’

Snuggling with your baby prior to bed times would help in making him/her a sense of greater security and love and allow the baby in drifting off into deep sleep sooner and for lengthier time.

Y – Your song preference

Based on whatever is your preference of songs – one infant’s noise is another one’s placating cradle song. Those who sing to their babies help by relieving their stress, according to study findings.

Z – ‘Z-Z-Z’

What is that noise? Oh, it’s just the little one snoring. So, stay quiet and revel in the quietness.

Know your ABCs of Handy Baby Sleeping Strategies – Part 1

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