Sometimes it seems like a miracle when we finally get the baby to sleep. But the way that adults sleep every day is not always as restful and beneficial for infants.
The debate about which side your child should sleep on has not gone away over the years. However, one thing has been proven out of the exchange – without the right tools and the proper knowledge on the subject, it can be uncomfortable at best and developmentally harmful at worst for babies to spend too much time in one position.
Therefore, we’d like to provide you with information about some of the issues concerning infant sleep, as well as some ways that they might be remedied.
Fussy Sleepers with Colic
Colic is a term experts use to describe general discomfort, which causes a baby to cry endlessly. A widely accepted theory about colic is that it is caused by gastrointestinal discomfort – a new, painful, and frightening problem for a baby. Rest assured that if your baby experiences colic, you’re probably not doing anything wrong.
There are some ways to ease the effects of colic. Carrying your baby, feeding your baby in a posture that’s as upright as possible, and burping your baby after each meal are all perfect routines you can set up early on to prevent these issues. Bassinet wedges and crib wedges – which safely prop your baby up during sleep – can also help prevent discomfort.
Some of the more amusing stories we’ve heard on this subject have come from parents describing the over-the-top methods they needed to use to put their babies to sleep. Even if you’re rocking them endlessly or driving them around town for an hour, it can still be tough to get your baby to sleep.
There are a lot of sleeping techniques for babies out there, however. You’ll just need to make sure to find the one that is the most effective for both you and your baby.
There are many specialized ways to wean your picky sleeper off sleep dependency. For example, you can decrease the amount of rocking bit by bit until you no longer have to rock at all. Alternately, you can try placing your baby in different positions using safe crib pillows. This might help ease discomfort and create a sleep preference they prefer.
The Chair Sleep Training Method is a method of classical conditioning you can use if babies have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep if you’re not there. Set a bedtime routine and assure them that you are at their side until they fall asleep. Every day, move the chair farther from the crib until eventually you are out of the room. if the conditioning has worked, they will be able to sleep on their own.
Back Sleeping and Flat Heads
It is important to keep an eye on the development of your baby’s head, especially if they tend to sleep on their back. Flat head syndrome is often correctable and can be prevented with supervised time sleeping on the stomach. There are also some head shaping pillows available that can prevent this. These are best used during the day, also under supervision.
Within the first four months of development, it is natural to feed a baby throughout the night. However, it is worth it for parents and their babies to shift the nap schedule during the day to allow for more day feeding. This will help ease the baby into a longer sleep routine and will help keep him or her satiated during the night.
No parent ever wants to think about the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but it is an issue that cannot be ignored by new parents. While researchers are still investigating the exact causes of this syndrome, we do know that there are ways to prevent it. First, put your baby to sleep on its back. If you are worried about your baby getting cold, try swaddling them (this can also help with fussiness). Make sure the room is not too warm, and consider giving your baby a pacifier when you put them down.
Rearranging sleep routines is one of the hardest things about being a new parent. Don’t let a sleepless night discourage you or convince you that you are doing something wrong. All parents and babies need time to learn the best sleep routines for them. With enough perseverance, you and baby will discover the sleep routines that work best for both of you.