A – Z Baby Sleep | Part-2

Want to help your baby get a good night’s sleep? Here are 26 amazing tricks and tips that can help your little one go to bed happily.

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M For Massage

Babies and toddlers who enjoy a 15-minute bedtime massage fall asleep faster, according to studies conducted at the University of Miami Touch Research Institute. So use baby-safe oil to massage using soft strokes and moderate pressure.👶🏻

N For NapNap Mat

When in doubt, you can always rely on the NapNap Mat. With its smart sleep technology, NapNap Mat makes your baby sleep quicker, better and longer. 

It mimics the sounds and the motions of the womb to soothe and comfort your baby to sleep. 👶🏻😴

O For Overnight Diapers

A wet bed/diaper can wake your baby (and you!) up. For nights, opt for super absorbent overnight diapers, along with an application of diaper cream for skin protection, if needed. This will assist your baby get some uninterrupted sleep. 👶🏻

P For Pacifier

A pacifier at bedtime can help your little one soothe themselves to sleep, and studies show that it may also protect against SIDS. However, here’s a #MomTrick for you: When your baby is sound asleep, remove the pacifier from their mouth so they don’t wake up if it falls out.💤

Q For Quiet

Loud or sudden noise may disturb your child’s sleep or attempts to settle to sleep. If you are in a noisy environment, using white noise to drown out the outside noise, will help to settle your baby. Once in deep sleep, your child is likely to be able to sleep through almost anything but in lighter sleep or the onset of sleep, he might be unsettled by the slightest sound.

R For Routine

Babies who have consistent #BedtimeRoutine develop better sleep habits. Every evening, follow the same sequence of activities such as giving your baby a bath, dressing them up in pyjamas, and then putting them on the crib / bed. 🛏💤

S For Swaddle

Swaddling means snuggly wrapping your baby in a cozy cloth. This helps your baby from getting disturbed by their own startle reflex. One of the other reasons it works is that even in the womb the baby is similarly packed. 👶🏻

T For Telling a Story

Your baby might not be able to understand what you are saying, but the soothing sound of your voice will help them fall asleep faster. Studies have also shown that it enhances creativity and boosts oral development It can also be integrated into your baby’s #BedtimeRoutine and also a great habit to carry throughout #childhood. 📚 👶🏻

U For Understanding Cues

Babies try to communicate with parents giving cues for different things. They may cry when hungry, may have wet diapers or may be experiencing colic. Each time babies cry, they express a different crying behavior- their way of communicating.

V For Vibrations

Vibrations are repetitive motions set to a rhythm that help babies fall asleep quickly. They in fact remind the baby of all the gentle motions it experienced in the womb. With gentle rhythm of vibrations, fussy babies calm down faster and fall asleep sooner, giving you enough time to relax yourself.

W For White Noise

White noise soothes babies as it imitates the familiar sounds of the womb. White noise, just like white light, drowns out all other sounds that occur in the environment thereby creating a peaceful ambience for babies. White noise helps the babies to fall back asleep if they have sleep arousals.

X For Xoxo

Hugs, kisses and a lot of love! 😘🤗❤️ This makes the babies feel comfortable and secure making them fall asleep faster. However, be careful to not over interact and excite your baby leaving them stimulated, rather than drowsy

Y For You Time

Mommies, you do everything for your baby from feeding, cleaning up, playing and other household chores? But do you take some time out for yourself? It is very important that you get some You-Time too. It is essential not only for your own health but your baby’s too.

Z For Zzzz…

How adorable is it to see your little one fast asleep! 😊 Yes, it may seem like it is a never-ending task, but a proper bedtime environment, routine (& a NapNap Mat) will go a long way into developing healthy sleep habits. This will pay off with restful nights for your little one and for you. It’s time you pay attention to our baby’s and our sleep! Enjoy a #GoodNight sleep. 😴

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A – Z Baby Sleep | Part-1

Want to help your baby get a good night’s sleep? Here are 26 amazing tricks and tips that can help your little one go to bed happily.

 

A For Avoid Active Play

Your baby needs to be in a relaxed mood before bedtime. Animated eye contact or games excite the baby leaving them stimulated, rather than drowsy and ready to take a nap. 😴

B For Bedtime

Are you paying enough attention to your baby’s bedtime hygiene? 😴 Sleeping right is as important for babies as is feeding and eating right. Make sure you take care of your baby’s bedtime everything – routine, environment, schedule and more.

C For Co-Sleeping

Co-sleeping is very popular as it allows parents to enjoy nigh time closeness with their baby. It also makes feeding and resettling the baby during the night easier. However, one should be aware of the dangers and implement necessary safety precautions such as –

✨ Make sure the baby’s head is uncovered

✨ Use light-weight blankets, not heavy duvets

✨ Place your baby beside one parent, not between parents

D For Dreamfeed

Does your baby wake up at night hungry? 👶 Dream feed might help. A dream feed refers to feeding the baby while they’re still sleeping, instead of waiting for them to wake up hungry. Typically, dream feed is done around 10 or 11pm, before you go to bed for the night. The idea is that a baby will sleep longer through the night and, ideally, until morning on a full stomach.

E for Empty The Crib

Keep your baby’s bed free of everything but the cutest thing in the room, your baby. Stuffed animals, cushions and side pillows can be hazardous, increasing the odds of suffocation or choking. A fitted sheet is all that is required on the mattress. One should also ensure that the covers/blankets reach no higher than the shoulders of the baby.👶🏻

F For Fragrance

Lavender is known to calm the mind and help you fall asleep. A drop of Lavender oil on a piece of cloth, placed near the crib, would help your baby sleep better.👶🏻

G For Gentle Gestures

Babies may not be able to communicate much, however, they are very sensitive to gestures. 🤱🏻 They identify your facial gestures and strokes. So be gentle with your baby before nap time. Use reassuring strokes, do not make animated gestures and try not to expose them to any loud noise.

H For Hands On

Are you taking care of your baby all by yourself? Encourage the father to a more active role in parenting. 👨‍👧‍👦 They should also know and participate in diaper changing, feeding, putting to sleep and more. Sharing workload will help the baby connect with the father better and also assist. 🤱🏻

I For Individual

Each baby is unique so don’t be disheartened by stories of other babies sleeping longer or better. All babies are individuals and will develop their own patterns. Understand what works the best for your baby and keep at it. 🌟

J For Jammies

Comfy PJs are anyone’s best friend, sleep or no sleep. While your baby looks astonishingly cute in those frilly frocks, a sleepy baby needs the most comfy, soft pajamas to nap in.😴

K For Keeping Cool

Does your baby often get sweaty and cranky because of heat and humidity? The babies room should be cool at all points of time. Make your baby wear cool cotton clothes to allow your baby’s skin to breathe and prevent discomfort and irritation. Also ensure you don’t have extra bedding on. 👶🏻

L For Lights Out

A dark room is a conducive environment to put your baby to sleep. Forgo the nightlights and use dark curtains or blackout shades to simulate nighttime. Bright light often disturbs the baby.👶🏻

 

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10 commandments for sleep hygiene for children (ages birth – 12 years)

  • Go to bed at the same time every night, preferably before 9:00PM.
  • Have an age-appropriate nap schedule.
  • Establish a consistent bedtime routine.
  • Make your child’s bedroom sleep conducive – cool, dark, and quiet.
  • Encourage your child to fall asleep independently.
  • Avoid bright light at bedtime and during the night, and increase light exposure in the morning.
  • Avoid heavy meals and vigorous exercise close to bedtime.
  • Keep all electronics, including televisions, computers, and cell phones, out of the bedroom and limit the use of electronics before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, including many sodas, coffee, and teas (as well as iced tea).
  • Keep a regular daily schedule, including consistent mealtimes.

 

Paying off the Sleep Debt

When you fail to get your required amount of adequate sleep you begin to accumulate a sleep debt. for example, if you need seven hours of sleep nightly to feel awake and alert and only get five hours, you’ve got a sleep debt of two hours. If you continue that pattern for 5 nights, you’ve got an accumulated sleep debt of ten hours.The only way to erase a sleep debt is to get more sleep. depending on the scale of sleep debt, it may take a while to recover completely. However, the positive effects of paying this debt off will be felt quickly.

To pay back a sleep debt, it’s necessary to begin getting the sleep you need, and an extra hour or so per night, till the debt is paid. Afterwards, the required amount of sleep can be resumed without the extra hour.

Even if the sleep debt is hundreds or even thousands of hours, it can still be successfully reconciled with a conscious effort to restructure obligations, and permitting adequate time off to recover. you’ll know you have paid back your sleep debt when you wake up feeling refreshed, and you do not feel excessively drowsy during the day.

If sleep deprivation is ongoing, and negative symptoms persist despite practicing good sleep hygiene measures, consultation with a healthcare provider is recommended.

8 Lifestyle Suggestions That Enhance Sleep

  • Reduce or avoid as many drugs as possible — Many drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, may adversely affect sleep.
  • Avoid caffeine — Some people, caffeine is not metabolized efficiently, leaving you feeling its effects long after consumption. So, an afternoon cup of coffee or tea will keep some people from falling asleep at night. Be aware that some medications also contain caffeine (for example, diet pills).
  • Avoid alcohol — Although alcohol will make you drowsy, the effect is short lived and you will often wake up several hours later, unable to fall back to sleep. Alcohol will also keep you from entering the deeper stages of sleep, where your body does most of its healing.
  • Exercise regularly, but not within three hours of bedtime — Exercising for at least 30 minutes per day can improve your sleep. However, don’t exercise too close to bedtime or it may keep you awake. Studies show exercising in the morning is the best if you can manage it.
  • Lose excess weight — Being overweight can increase your risk of sleep apnea, which can seriously impair your sleep.
  • Avoid foods you may be sensitive to — This is particularly true for sugar, grains and pasteurized dairy. Sensitivity reactions can cause excess congestion, gastrointestinal upset, gas and other problems.
  • Have your adrenals checked by a good natural medicine clinician — Scientists have found that insomnia may be caused by adrenal stress. One of the best tests to assess adrenal function is the DUTCH test.
  • If you are menopausal or perimenopausal, get checked out by a good natural medicine physician — The hormonal changes at this time may cause sleep problems if not properly addressed.