For newborns, learning to fall asleep outside the womb will take some practice and help from their parents. That’s why Stretchy Swaddle Blankets are commonly used by parents because they provide that warm comforting feeling that babies are used to in the womb. The Stretchy Swaddle Blankets can be gotten in different colors and designs. Swaddling is a good practice that every parent should know how to do because it helps babies fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer. In addition to using Stretchy Swaddle Blankets, below we discuss some other things to take note off when trying to put a newborn to sleep either during the day for a nap or through the night.
Sleep Surroundings and Sleep Hygiene
Sleep hygiene has to do with establishing a routine before bed for the baby. When the baby becomes familiar with the sleep routine and bed rituals they can fall asleep easily because they know it’s time to sleep. These activities before bed usually include winding down activities that will soothe the baby and provide a calm vibe for sleep. The surroundings of the baby during and leading up to bedtime also matters. Things like diming the nursery lights, singing or playing a lullaby while they change into their pajamas or while they are being swaddled with Stretchy Swaddle Blankets, reading them a bedtime story etc.
First, parents need to learn to identify signs of sleepiness in their babies so they can cultivate healthy sleep habits for the baby. Signs of sleepiness can include babies rubbing their eyes, starting to be less active or even babies becoming irritable and fussy. You could also notice the baby feeling very drowsy. These signs will let parents know that it’s time to put the baby to bed. Once these signs of sleepiness are noticed parents should start the sleep hygiene bedtime activities. Parents should let babies learn to fall asleep on their own. When a baby is drowsy, parents can practice by putting them in their crib so they fall asleep on their own and not in the parents’ arms. They should also be taught to soothe themselves back to sleep instead of being only able to fall back asleep after being held and rocked. The stretchy swaddle blankets help to keep babies swaddled up so they don’t wake themselves up with their hand touching their face. If babies learn to fall asleep on their own, they are less likely to develop sleep problems or difficulties like insomnia when they grow older. When the baby is asleep, he or she might jerk around for a little bit or changes breathing pattern. If the sleep irregularity seems more than normal, then speak to a doctor for advice.
Parents should avoid making the mistake of using feeding as a way to get the baby to fall asleep. This might be an easy sleep but it leads to an irregular eating habit later on. Babies should be gradually made to feed at specific times as opposed to whenever. When babies feed, parents should ensure that they have the proper amount of food and all the nutrition they need so their baby does not wake up mid-nap or in the middle of the night hungry. Midnight feeding is however unavoidable for newborns as they need to feed pretty frequently. When the baby is less than a month old, they should be expected to sleep for two or three hours between feeding. In time the baby will start to wake up on their own when they are hungry or when they need a diaper change.
Safe Sleep Environment and Crib Saftey
Having a safe environment for babies at all times is crucial and this also includes when they are asleep. Make sure the crib is clean and not clustered with blankets, comforter or toys. Make sure the baby is laying on the flat surface of the bed. If there is a need for a blanket the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that Baby sleeps with her feet at the end of the crib and that the blanket should be tucked around the crib mattress and should only go up as far as the baby’s chest. Parents should try positioning your baby at the bottom of his crib so that his or her feet touches the rails or footboard. Thus, so being in a big open crib may make him feel insecure. Make sure there is no too much stimulation when the baby sleeps such as lights, loud noises or even your constant presence. Let them sleep in a calm quiet environment so don’t keep going in and out of the nursery and making noises.
Don’t Keep the Baby Up too Long
Parents should try not to keep their babies up for too long. Babies usually have a wakefulness period that changes as they get older. Parents should put newborn babies down to sleep after they’ve been up for up to two hours whether they seem sleepy or not. As the baby gets older, they will learn to have stricter nap schedule as they adapt to their surroundings. This happens around 3 to 4 months and at this time they should be able to take 3 to 4 naps a day and also have an early bedtime for around 7 pm. Try to establish and maintain a constant sleep routine so the baby’s body and the system get used to it.