Monday, April 11, 2016

Guide to Make a Newborn a Good Night Sleeper

It gives parents immense pride as well as pleasure to get their newborn home for the very first time after their birth. However, due to their newborn’s sleep routine which is mostly random in the beginning parents may soon become impatient as their nights become sleepless.

A baby is said to be a newborn right from birth till the first 90 days or 3 months of his life. During these initial 3 months of the baby’s life, his sleep patterns will keep changing continuously and they will just not match their parents. First time parents of newborns generally discover that their baby is asleep for most part of the day sometimes even 18 hours, particularly in the first week or two after delivery. This sleep is however enjoyed in short slots of 3-4 hours at one time, be night or day.

But, parents can work towards inculcating good sleep habits in their newborns from as early as 6 weeks onward. Here are a few tips that parents can adopt.

Lengthening Wake Times – Parents who find that their little ones are sleeping for most part of the day can slowly train them to stay awake for longer stretches during the day so that they can sleep more during the night. Try to keep the baby busy during daytime by engaging him into various activities. These may include – like reading, talking to him, giving baby a light massage, taking him out for a short stroll till the nearby park. However, in between all this allow the baby to have his short nap times, otherwise the baby might become over-fidgety and over-restless at night that lead to a lot of commotion in the house.

Dressing Baby in Proper Nightwear – Babies often wake up in the middle of the night feeling either too cold or too hot. The right answer to these complications is an infant sleep sack. These sleep sacks for babies when worn on regular nighttime sleepwear help in bringing him comfortable slumber. Baby feels snug and secure to be able to sleep comfortably. Sleep Sacks also help regulate the body temperature so the baby doesn’t get overheat.

Teaching Baby Being Independent of Feeds and Rocking – Start
teaching the baby the art of sleeping on his own, although this might take months. This can be done by putting the baby drowsy in his crib or cot at almost the same time every day. In this way, the baby’s sleep cycle will start settling down and he will begin to associate his crib or cot to his sleep. Also, parents shouldn’t make their baby dependent on habits like being rocked or fed to sleep every night. If the baby remains independent of these daily routines he will fall asleep on his own if he gets up in the middle of the night.

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