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Getting a goodnight’s sleep at any age can sometimes feel like it’s never going to happen. However, the negative implications that poor sleep can have is particularly harmful in children. Poor sleep can harm physical and emotional development. That’s why it is so important to try and help your child towards getting a goodnight’s sleep. This isn’t an impossible task, but rather a task that involves a few steps that will ensure a positive outcome.Continue reading
Do you think that buying a baby Rock and Play Sleeper is worth it? Did you weigh the benefits it offers to your newborn? I bet that this has crossed your mind the moment you set your eyes on it. However, the doubt was never too deep since you brought it right home.
How long can a baby sleep in rock and play? I hope it is long enough to enjoy and maximize its purpose. Take all the chances of using your baby’s rock and play. Apparently, you will know when it ends!
Rock and Play sleepers literally are like inclined baby beds that rock babies to sleep. I like the type that has a motor that rocks the sleeper automatically. However, there are basic models that you need to rock manually. The bright side is, they feature vibration option that auto version does not have.
Here is the Rock and Play Sleeper I got for my little one. Do you see those colorful hanging toys? My baby plays with it until she dozes off to sleep.
Rock and play sleeper is useful for my baby and me. This portable sleeper keeps my baby safe while I am busy doing the house chores. It is perfect for babies with reflux too.
There is really no specific age on how long a baby can sleep in rock and play. Some babies make use of it for a short while, but other moms are having a hard time cutting off the “rock and play” habit from their growing babies.
The maximum weight limit for Rock and Play sleepers is 25 lbs. Therefore, babies can still make use of this sleeper as long as they will not exceed the weight limit. Baby boys reach 25 lbs. at an average of 21 months, while baby girls reach it at around 23 months. Hence, that is how long a baby can sleep safely on rock and play.
Let’s accept it. The Rock and Play sleeper have been your best friend. It became your baby’s cozy nook for the past months. Wherever you go, it’s ready to soothe your baby with its vibration, music and auto rocker.
However, it’s time to wean your little one. One sign that your baby needs to give up the rock and play is when they start to learn how to roll. Of course, you need to transfer her to the crib right away. An immediate transition will feel like a disaster, and you’ll be miserable. Nevertheless, these tips may help you lessen the difficulty.
There were speculations that Rock and Play sleeper can cause SID, flatheads, and other deformities. Do you believe in this controversy? Complete awareness of these concerns will prevent this from happening. Here is what I can say.
The Rock and Play are perfect for your sleepy head only when used with supervision. It’s also important that the instructions are followed correctly for your baby’s safety. Hence, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits that it offers.
Of course, you must also take note of how long a baby can sleep in rock and play sleepers. Even though it’s been effective in soothing your baby to sleep, the time to transfer her to a crib will always come. I didn’t say it would be easy, but you will get over it, I promise.
Do you have a rock and play? You could comment here if you got some questions!
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For every newborn baby, it is extremely important to get a lot of rest and sleep. At first every baby can’t tell the difference between day and night, which can be pretty disturbing for new parents, but after a while, every baby gets into their sleep cycle. But despite all of that, even then, putting your baby to sleep can be very challenging. But what is the best way to teach the new member of the family healthy sleep habits? How should you put your baby to sleep?
To get your baby to sleep at the right time, utilize lighting and time of the day. When it is sunny outside, let your child play and be active as much as possible. When the nap time comes, if it does not cause any trouble, a baby should sleep in a well lit room. A child should not sleep a lot during daytime, so he has to get used to the fact that days are bright and nights are dark. Darkness releases an important sleep hormone called melatonin, so the best way to ensure that your baby sleeps well is to help him learn to distinguish day and night. If you have troubles putting your baby to sleep when it is needed the most, make sure the lights can be dimmed in the most important rooms. Night light is a great asset in a child’s room, but it has to be very dim. A very big mistake is to carry your baby into a lit room just after he woke up crying. This will disturb his sleep cycle, so make sure you stay in a dark area.
A big mistake a lot of parents tend to do which u can fix is not rushing to your baby immediately after he wakes up. If you comfort your newborn the second he wakes up, you are encouraging this kind of behavior. A lot of times, babies go back to sleep on their own. If that is not the case, then it is your time to intervene.
Often forgotten part of good sleep not just for babies, but for adults as well is proper bedding. Newborn babies are very sensitive, so it is crucial to use proper organic bedding, which reacts well to a child’s fragile body. Linen bedding is probably your best choice. It is important that a baby sleeps on breathable fabric, which is perfect for conducting heat. Thanks to its natural Ph balance, Linen bedding protects and preserves skin. There are many advantages of linen bedding, but the most important one is its anti-allergic properties. The fact at it is so good at absorbing and evaporating large quantities of moisture, makes it resistant to a lot of bacteria, which is perfect for people with serious diseases and babies, who both have weak immune system. Healthy linen bedding is the best way to avoid a lot of potential diseases and disturb your baby’s sleep.
If you want your baby to fall asleep faster, try to avoid looking him in the eye. Since it’s very easy to stimulate a baby, a great way to make him go to sleep is to avoid catching his attention. You can use all your soothing methods, but it is greatly advised to avoid stimulation through eye contact if you want your baby to fall asleep.
If you want to make sure your baby sleeps well throughout the night, avoid changing the diapers. A lot of movement during the process will snap your baby out of the sleep mode. Do it only if it is absolutely necessary. A good decision is to use high quality diaper during the night. This way it is less likely that you’ll have to change the diaper.
A good way to make sure that your baby sleeps for a longer period of time is to wake him up and feed him late at night. Keep the lighting as dim as possible and make only the smallest, slightest movements and wake him just enough for feeding and then back to bed as quick as possible. This can help a child sleep for a longer time without waking up.
These habits are crucial for a proper sleep habit development, and you can practice these methods about 4 weeks after birth. Although you will start seeing the effects only after 3-4 months and till then, it can be quite tough, after that you should see that your baby can sleep for longer periods of time, and these methods can greatly expand them and improve their quality. Sometimes babies snap out of their sleep schedule and that is fine. If that happens, try all these methods all over again, and your baby should sleep well again in no time. It is all about patience and consistency.
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While organizing the crib for your baby, you will have to consider his comfort as well as safety. You should add some things in the baby crib for his support along with discarding certain things to ensure his safety. Some of these things are briefly described here for your guidance.
The bed is the safest place for a baby to sleep on or play on. It keeps them away from the dangers of being suffocated by the body of the parents lying beside them or being rolled out of the crib. They may sleep for a longer time in their own space on their bed in the crib. Check out Top 10 Baby Crib Bedding Sets on Mybestcribs.com that parents can choose to make a perfect baby nursery.
Instead of using soft mattresses in the baby crib you must use firm mattresses as it reduces the chances of sudden death of the baby. The additional materials used in the mattresses to make them softer can increase the chances of suffocating the baby. A firm, non-toxic, organic crib mattress allows him to breathe easily as well as move without any effort while sleeping.
Crib sheet is something to cover the mattress. Sheets made of cotton fabric can be the best choice to provide a comfortable surface to your baby to take rest in the crib.
It will protect the mattress from getting wet when the baby urinates while sleeping or spills of milk or other liquid in the crib. It will keep the mattress odor free and dry.
You should also put a cozy blanket in the crib so that your baby can be kept warm while sleeping. A thin blanket is safer than a thick one
Soft baby sleepwear that can keep your baby comfortable and warm is also necessary to be put in the crib to allow him to have a restful sleep in a friendly environment.
The crib of your baby should not include any additional item like a stuffed animal or pillow etc. People usually put pillow and stuffed toys in the crib to provide extra comfort to their baby, especially during cold weather. You can set an additional layer of take-over sheet instead of a pillow or stuffed animals if you fear that the baby may get cold. The use of additional items can increase the risk of SIDS.
Many people put bumpers in the crib when their baby starts rolling in it. When the baby rolls over in the crib, then his head strikes on the side of the crib. To protect his head from getting hurt parents usually put the soft bumper in the crib. Though it seems to be a good idea, sometimes it can be dangerous for the baby. He can get suffocated when his face will strike on the bumper while rolling over to his side. If you want to protect your baby from getting stuck in the bars of the crib then instead of bumper you can use mesh lining inside the crib as it is breathable and safe for your baby.
Sometimes people hang certain things above the crib to keep their baby happy and entertained. But it is a wrong practice. Though it is admissible with small toys, sometimes they hang heavier items like mobile phone or chandelier, etc. These heavy objects can be dangerous for the baby when they fell on them due to any reason. If you want to entertain your baby, then you can show something on the ceiling through a projector.
Sometimes parents leave few things around the crib so that their baby can grab them while rolling over on his side. But such things can be dangerous for the baby as he cannot manage the items on his own. Suppose, you are sleeping or away from your baby, and your baby can get stuck with the things around him. In this situation, he may not be able to breathe correctly and can die. So before putting your baby in the crib to sleep, you should ensure that there should not be anything on his bed that can be grabbed by him. Thus by putting in and avoiding to put in certain things in the baby crib, discussed in this write-up, you can provide your baby the most comfortable and safest place to sleep in.
How terrifying it can be for a mom to find out that her baby’s oxygen level drops when sleeping. I can imagine how frantic one can get to see that happening. Unfortunately, this condition occurs in newborns especially to those who are born prematurely.
Oxygen level for infants is monitored and evaluated right after birth. Measurement of oxygen saturation is vital to know the health status of your baby’s respiratory, heart and circulatory system. Breathing irregularities could be a sign of this condition.
Find out what you need to do when this happens to your newborn.
Babies who have low oxygen levels in their blood may experience unstable breathing disorders. In this condition, the rhythm of breathing is erratic and sometimes pauses. When your baby’s oxygen levels suddenly drop when sleeping, oxygen deficiency may be one of the cause.
As soon as the baby oxygen levels drop when sleeping, the monitoring device may show a sudden decrease in the usual reading. The machine used to read oxygen saturation level is called pulse oximeter. It has an infrared light source to detect oxygen saturation without getting blood samples.
This is good news to us moms whose heart breaks every time our baby gets pricked with those mean needles. The reading shows the amount of hemoglobin in the blood that’s saturated with oxygen.
Full-term infants: 95-100% is the normal oxygen saturation level for healthy babies. Having cases of low oxygen saturation is rare.
Premature Infants:84-90% is the average oxygen saturation level for these preterm babies. If newborns can’t sustain a stable level, they might need oxygen support.
Oxygen Saturation levels fluctuate especially during sleeping. Other times, when the baby oxygen levels drop when sleeping, it could only be the pulse oximeter being detached and lost contact with your baby’s skin while moving or rolling over. And when this happens, an alarm comes off to alert you.
During this critical period, the medical team continue to observe the condition and may regulate the flow rate of the oxygen from time to time to keep it to its normal level. Monitoring is of importance for immediate detection of any complications.
If you don’t have a measuring device, watch out for physical signs of low oxygen levels for babies such as these:
Breathing abnormalities that transpire during sleeping manifest a very slow rate or partial declining to momentary stopping. The full stop of breathing is called apnea. When an infant stops breathing (central apnea), this could complicate to heart and brain problems. This may get worse when the airways are congested while sleeping (obstructive apnea).
Sleep apnea may be a result of the development problems of the baby or some other medical causes.
Infants who experience apnea are vulnerable to severe complications. This happens when baby oxygen levels drop when sleeping and there might not be enough oxygen in the blood. This condition is known as hypoxemia.
During a state of hypoxemia, the baby’s heartbeat may slow down. The baby would need oxygen therapy by using masks or tubes in the nose that is attached to a ventilator. In extreme cases, medical experts may perform resuscitation to your newborn.
Do you want to see a child having sleep apnea? Here is a video to show you.
Most of the time, I tend to overreact when it’s about my baby. I guess, most moms are like that. However, when baby oxygen levels drop when sleeping, it caused unstable breathing to babies. It’s common and normal to an infant’s developing stage.
Brief apneas can occur to healthy babies just when they are active. Short pauses are not a risk. Nevertheless, when it happens in shorter intervals and longer pauses, make sure to call for help. When we undergo oxygen deprivation for a long time, it may cause dangerous complications.
Remember to monitor your baby’s oxygen levels especially in the early stages after birth. Learn how to be proactive. If that means asking me a question or two about this, write a comment and let’s have a chat.
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Being a new parent is a wonderful blessing. However, sometimes, there is nothing more stressful than all the work parents of newborn babies go through. There are lots to learn and questions that need some answers. One of the questions you might hear is, “how many crib sheets do I need?”.
Based on my experience with crib sheets, there is never one right answer. It all depends on the parents and their baby. Each household has a baby with unique habits. Some parents also have a fixed budget for their baby’s needs. Here’s how you can find out the right number for you:
Each baby has their own unique personalities. When asking for tips on childcare, you might be inclined to follow what other experienced mothers tell you. While it may work for some cases, the most important thing to do is to know how your baby reacts to certain things.
This is also true when it comes to purchasing crib sheets. The number of crib sheets heavily depends on how your baby reacts to them. Choosing the wrong ones can cause your baby to stay awake in his crib just because you’ve bought a crib sheet that doesn’t suit him.
Let’s say that your baby easily becomes sweaty through the night. This means that you may have to change your crib sheet at least once a night. You may also opt to purchase a set of thinner crib sheets for the summer and another set of warmer ones for the winter.
These days when someone asks me, “how many crib sheets do I need?”, I would reply by asking them how many times they would do their laundry in a week. The science of crib sheets is quite simple: the lesser crib sheets you have, the more laundry you have to do.
Just like all babies, my little one has had more spit ups and leaky diapers than I can remember. Of course, there is no way I would let my kid sleep on a dirty crib sheet. The obvious solution would be to change it, and that means having a stock of crib sheets ready anytime.
In relation to the laundry cycle, you may also want to take into consideration the accidents your baby might get into. No parent wants to see their baby get sick but let’s say that your kid had a bad tummy. You would have to be prepared just in case he would vomit on the crib sheet.
No matter how you are excel at doing laundry there will be times when you need to have some more backup. It is always safer to have more than none in times when you feel that a messy accident is bound to happen.
All parents would want to give their baby only the best. But honestly speaking, not all households can afford a set of luxurious 100% pure organic cotton designer crib sheets. And besides, almost every parent knows how fast their babies would outgrow their baby things.
If you are on a shoestring budget, the best option is just to be practical. You would need to have a replacement for the one your baby is currently using, and at least another one in case an accident comes up. But if you CAN afford those designer sheets, go ahead and be my guest!
Babies can also be sensitive when it comes to the material of the crib sheet. Normally, babies would prefer to sleep on a crib sheet that is warmer – basically, an environment that resembles to your womb. For that matter, you may want to look for crib sheets that warm your baby up.
My kid tends to sweat a lot. So in our case, we tend to avoid any material that would hold onto moisture. Not only does it have a higher possibility of locking in bacteria but my baby would also get a rash. Just as long as you invest on good quality crib sheets, you are good to go.
If you’re not familiar with which type of crib sheet your baby prefers, you might have to splurge a little bit just to do some research. Of course, you may also want to try borrowing some sheets from a family member who also has young ones.
Before purchasing crib sheets, the right question to ask isn’t just how many you would need. The better way to think about the situation is to find out what kind of reactions your baby would have to these crib sheets and what accidents you can anticipate if you had fewer crib sheets.
I always want my baby to be prepared so I would say having 4-6 crib sheets is a good number. Tell me about how you chose your crib sheets and how many did you end up with in the comments section below. I’m very curious to know the average number of crib sheets parents reading this blog have.
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One of many challenges that new moms face comes about when the baby falls asleep while nursing. This is quite common but a concern nevertheless.
When you think about it, there are already a lot of tasks to juggle in the early days of motherhood. You’re trying your best to maintain a routine for regular feedings. Aside from that, you’re also trying to get your newborn to latch on and to maintain the latch long enough for him or her to receive adequate nutrition.
And if the situation wasn’t already complex, you’re sleep deprived. You find it difficult to discern what to do.
So take heart. We’ll examine some tips to help you when your baby falls asleep while nursing. Also, we’ll discuss some of the reasons behind this as well as any effects on nutrition and weight gain so that you can decide which options are best for your baby.
Naturally, you wonder why your baby falls asleep while nursing when just a few minutes ago, he or she was hungry (and very vocal about it). Some reasons include the following:
Basically, a newborn baby falls asleep nursing then wakes up when put down. This is normal mostly because of his or her age. As long your baby appears to be satisfied after a feeding, then there is nothing wrong with this pattern.
Likewise, if your baby still seems to be hungry upon waking back up, then the natural solution is to feed him or her. It might take a few weeks, but this pattern will pass.
If your baby falls asleep nursing, then wakes up after you put him or her down, you might just need to wait it out. It’s a bit early to start establishing patterns, but there are measures that you can take in this situation:
Basically, during the first few weeks, you’ll be paying more attention to your baby’s cues for feeding. Check out this video for some more helpful information.
If the typical scenario involves your baby falling asleep during a feeding then waking up shortly after, then this shouldn’t affect weight gain or nutritional value. Your baby is still receiving a good amount of milk just intermittently.
There are times, nevertheless when you should contact your doctor and lactation specialist. These symptoms signal that something is not right with the feeding pattern, and changes need to be made promptly:
Therefore, you will need to get your baby to the pediatrician right away. Your doctor can also recommend a lactation specialist who can help if you’re not already working with one.
Well before it ever gets to that point, you can try keeping your baby awake while breastfeeding. Or you can also try waking your baby up soon after putting him or her down.
Here are some tips that you can try:
The good news is, as previously mentioned, your baby will nurse for a longer period of time as he or she gets older. When this happens, then falling asleep won’t be a factor, and the both of you can get some rest.
Just remember some of the hints previously mentioned to follow when your baby falls asleep while nursing:
And of course, be vigilant of the symptoms that were mentioned. Also, remember that your doctor is helping to keep track of growth and development during regular well-baby checks. And if you have questions or concerns in between visits, then make contact immediately.
I hope this information was helpful. What do you think? Please feel free to reach out with any other ideas related to breastfeeding.
Finally, after six weeks of reversing days and nights, you and your baby are sleeping longer. However, you now have a new issue to deal with: my baby waking up too early!
So rest assured (no pun intended) that this phase shall pass over time. It requires a lot of patience and flexibility. Nonetheless, there are ways to cope with the “new normal.” We’ll look at reasons why your baby wakes up at such an odd hour. Also, you will gain more of an understanding of your baby’s sleep cycles during the first few months. This will help with applying suggestions to this situation.
Finally, we’ll look at some possible sources of additional information to help answer the question of “why is my baby waking up too early?”
There are various reasons why your baby is waking up too early. First of all, define how early is too early. If your baby fell asleep at 8:00 pm, slept for 5 or 6 hours, then naturally, he or she is going to wake up.
Furthermore, babies’ tiny tummies can only hold so much formula or breast milk. So they will wake up for an early breakfast.
Other reasons include:
And most importantly, you might consider the following possible factors that can interrupt your baby’s sleep:
You might need to contact your pediatrician if you have concerns about any of these factors.
Understanding sleep cycles and how they vary throughout the first few months can help you to understand the reasons for baby waking up too early. Also, you can possibly eliminate any surprises by staying informed on what to expect during the first year.Here is an overview:
Of course, this differs widely with each child. Some babies achieve sleep maturity more quickly than others. Some might find going to sleep a challenge all throughout the first year.
As mentioned before, patience and flexibility are vital.
So then what can you do when your baby wakes up too early? Here are some easy solutions that are worth a try:
To explore further into baby’s sleep patterns and establishing a sound bedtime routine, you might check out any one of the following works that are available in downloadable form or in hard copy:
Some valuable reassurance and answers to other questions can be gained when you seek out more information.
As mentioned earlier, this phase will pass quickly enough. So now, you have some insight into why your baby is waking up too early along with some solutions and more informational reading.
Also remember that you can and will often need to adjust your routine to adapt to life with your baby. This can be done by:
And course, if your child repeatedly seems overly fussy or exhibits signs of feeling pain upon waking, then you might need to contact your doctor for a check-up.
Were you an early bird before your baby was born, or did he or she change up your routine? We’d love to hear your stories, as well as any questions or comments.
Are you in the situation where you wonder why your newborn won’t sleep in crib?
At last, your much-anticipated bundle of joy has arrived. You already figured that your little one would get her days and nights mixed up. What you didn’t count was her immediate dislike for her crib.
So what’s a tired mom to do in this situation?
We’ll explore possible explanations why your newborn won’t sleep in crib. Then, we’ll look at the solutions, including some alternatives to using a crib…during the first few weeks, that is. Soon enough, you’ll be able to catch that much-needed snooze.
Quick NavigationReasons that explain why newborn won’t sleep in cribSome Items You Might Need (towel/blanket method; bassinet or portable crib; sleep positioner; swivel chair; side sleeper)Hints to Remedy the Situation#1. Mattress Warming Method#2. “Sleeper” Method#3 “Mommy Memory” Method#4 Car-Ride Method#5 Movement MethodSome Alternatives to Crib SleepingConclusion
Understanding why your newborn won’t sleep in crib can not only help you create solutions, but also develop patience. Here are some reasons why newborns have a hard time adjusting to the crib:
Ultimately, you’re looking at least a 3-week wait before your baby adjusts to the nursery. Still, there are ideas to make wait time pass by more easily while getting a bit of rest.
Depending on which method you’re planning on trying, you will any one of the following items:
This method solves the problem of the mattress being too cold. Your baby, as mentioned before, was accustomed to a warm environment. You will need to start this process about 35 to 45 minutes before you place your baby in the crib for the night.
If the distance is too long between the nursery and the laundry room to where the towel won’t stay warm enough, then try placing a heating pad on a low setting for about 10 minutes or a hot water bottle. Be careful because these items take less time to warm up that mattress, and you definitely don’t want your baby to be uncomfortable.
You might have heard of a sleeper. They resemble a mini-bassinette. If placed in the middle of the crib, it gives your baby the sense of being more snug and less out in the wide open space. This is due to the tubular horseshoe shaped enclosure. Here are instructions on how to use:
Granted, this contraption was designed for co-sleeping, but that exactly the safest option. It fits perfectly in the crib.
This is the simplest method because your presence is a big source of comfort. Plus, going to sleep should be a relaxing, peaceful experience for your baby. This method serves as a start.
These reminders let your baby know that you’re still around. Your scent or the sound of your voice are comforting when your newborn won’t sleep in crib.
Timing and care play major roles in this method.
This is has some similarities to the Car-Ride Method because the movement is what helps your newborn to fall asleep. This is where the swivel chair would be useful.
What if your newborn won’t sleep in crib even after trying “everything”? Well, there are the Plan B’s to fall back on. You simply need to be patient and flexible. You can try utilizing the following:
So I hope these tips help in your quest for some rest. Nonetheless, this situation is temporary as your baby learns the difference between night and day. In the end, consistency, patience, and some degree of flexibility are going to help establish a bedtime routine.
Do you have some tips of your own to share or any questions on what we’ve discussed? We’d love to share some more information with you.