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Four Things You Never Figured Out About Baby Sleep Specialists

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I recently attended a conference about the meaning of Baby Sleep Specialists and wanted to share what I sussed out from it with you in this article.

Softer lighting help trigger your baby's body to produce melatonin, but it will also act as a visual cue, so your baby knows that it's time to wind down. Expect factors such as illness or a change in routine to disrupt your baby’s sleep. Developmental milestones, including pulling to a standing and crawling, may also temporarily disrupt sleep. If you’re a nursing mum, once the nursing relationship is established, try to go to bed at the same time as the baby and see if your partner can feed the baby a bottle of pumped breast milk at the first wake-up so you can get a solid chunk of sleep during the first portion of the night. If you can, try to put your baby to bed whilst they are still awake so that they get used to falling asleep by themselves. Try not to get caught up in comparing your child to others or tie yourself to the milestones you read about in books or from family and friends’ babies. All babies are different, and the same is true of their sleep. It’s important to focus on your own journey and know that your baby will do things in her own time. Many sleep researchers consider sleeping through the night to mean 5 hours in a row and not the 7 until 7 that the thousands of parenting books will have you believe!

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Newborns won't sleep through the night because they need to eat frequently. In fact, two to four hours at a time is about as long as you can expect your brand new baby to sleep during those early weeks and months — depending on whether you're breastfeeding, formula-feeding or both. A newborn baby will probably be tired if they have been awake for 1 to 1.5 hours. There are signs that will tell you when they're ready to sleep. Avoid stimulating your baby, such as talking loudly or playing with them. Does your baby share your bed? Join the gang. A study found that up to 71 percent of parents and babies across the globe sleep body-to-body. Some, though, consider this a bridge too far, since retiring to your own bed is one of the few opportunities parents get to have a moment of privacy. As babies get older, they nap less. If your baby seems happy with her changing schedule and sleeps well at night, embrace this milestone and carry on. But if your little one is napping less but fussing more, or having trouble going to bed at night, she may be overtired and in need of some naptime encouragement. A sleep expert will be with you every step of the way, guiding you on how best to find a solution to your sleep concerns, whether its 4 month sleep regression or one of an untold number of other things.

Watch Out For Those Long, Late Afternoon Naps

Babies are sensitive. Too much stimulation can throw them off their sleeping game. Stimulation might come in the form of mom eating too much chocolate that comes out in her milk, too much pinching from Aunt Joanne, or just too much daytime play. Decide on where your baby is going to sleep. Try to decide where your baby is going to sleep for the long run by 3 months of age as changes in sleeping arrangements will be harder on your baby as he gets older. For example, if your baby is sleeping in a bassinet, move him to a crib by 3 months. Always practice the ABC’s of safe sleep: Babies should always sleep Alone, on their Backs, in a Cot. A consistent bedroom temperature of around 70 degrees F is preferable. Also, relative humidity of around 50 percent is most conducive to sleep. Dry air may leave baby with a stuffy nose that awakens him. Yet, too high a humidity fosters allergy-producing molds. A warm-mist vaporizer in your baby’s sleeping area helps maintain an adequate and consistent relative humidity. This can especially help during the winter months. (And, the “white noise” of a consistent hum may help baby stay asleep.) In the early months of life, swaddling may help baby sleep more soundly and for longer stretches. It works for some babies in the first several months, but sometimes not for others. If your baby responds to it, great. If not, no big deal. It’s what every new and most probably exhausted parent desires - a baby that will settle to sleep easily at night, and learn to sleep through the night. It doesn’t happen straight away obviously, nor should it pushed. A sleep consultant will take a holistic approach to create a sleeping system that you can manage and one which takes into account sleep regression as well as the needs of the baby and considerations of each family member.

At birth babies don’t distinguish between night and day and this awareness develops gradually within a few weeks and is established by two months. Sleep, and getting enough of it, is a common concern for every new parent, and navigating the challenges of getting your baby to sleep whilst ensuring they also sleep safely can be exhausting and overwhelming! Even though you may not yet be able to feel baby’s teeth, teething discomfort may start as early as three months and continue off and on all the way through the two-year molars. A wet bed sheet under baby’s head, a drool rash on the cheeks and chin, swollen and tender gums, and a slight fever are telltale clues that teething is the nighttime culprit. It’s normal for your baby to have occasional periods of sleep regression, when your child starts finding it difficult to sleep through the night despite previously mastering that skill. Try to resist the urge to rush in if your baby murmurs in the night. Depending on their age, you could leave them for a few minutes and see if they settle on their own. Having said that, newborn babies invariably wake up repeatedly in the night for the first few months and disturbed nights can be very hard to cope with. For gentle sleep training guidance it may be useful to enlist the services of a sleep consultant.

Try To Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps

Figuring out the cause of that disrupted sleep—so you can then address it—is the key to you both getting some much needed shuteye. Some babies can be settled back to sleep with a bit of quiet patting/shushing if they wake up crying after around 45 minutes – which is the average length of a baby’s sleep cycle. But it won’t work for others. Try taking them out for a walk in the buggy, and if that doesn’t work, you may have to gracefully accept defeat this time…. It’ll be nap time again before you know it. Take the reins on those nighttime feedings. While it can be normal for babies to feed one or two times a night up to 9 months or even a year, that doesn’t mean you should be open for business all night long. You should always put the baby down in their crib or moses basket before they fall asleep to get them used to dozing off on their own. Putting your baby down while they're still awake teaches babies to self-soothe, meaning they’ll slowly learn how to put themselves to sleep. If baby has an erratic nap schedule, takes extremely short naps or won’t nap at all, you’ll have an overtired baby at bedtime, which can lead to poor-quality sleep at night. An extremely early wakeup time makes it difficult for parents to get things done late at night or feel sufficiently rested in the morning. The gentle approach and caring manner of a baby sleep expert allows them to assist you in the most preferable way to deal with sleep training and to assist you and your family in any way possible.

Most babies will need to be rocked or nursed to sleep in the first couple of months, this is normal. As time goes on though, you will want to wean your child from this habit - without using harsh methods like leaving them to cry it out. Perhaps the most tricky expectation is for babies to sleep through the night —something almost all new parents crave. Researchers say it is biologically inappropriate: until their first birthday babies wake for food and “socio-emotional” reasons. They are hardwired for sensory communication - tactile, visual, auditory, olfactory—even at night. We all have naturally occurring sleep and wake cycles – times when we feel more sleepy and times when we feel more awake. Newborn babies develop circadian rhythms around 6-8 weeks. That means that is the time when they start differentiating day and night and when they start sleeping longer stretches at night and shorter ones during the day. We know that the sleep problems we see develop around 4 months of age are a result of a cognitive development and therefore not a true regression. This means that if we don’t address why the issues are happening, we can expect to see unhealthy sleep habits and unrestorative sleep for both baby and parent going forward. The longer both go without consolidated sleep, the more overtired they will become. Before babies reach six months old, they should sleep in the same room as their parents, but not in the same bed (that’s called co-sleeping or bed-sharing). No matter how old your baby is, make sure they’re sleeping in a cot, not in a swing or car seat (which can lead to asphyxiation) or a playpen (which is not supposed to be used for unsupervised sleep). There are multiple approaches to ferber method and a sleep expert will help you choose one that is right for you and your family.

Take It Easy, But Do Not Create Bad Habits

Put your baby to sleep on his back on a flat, firm surface, like in a crib or bassinet. Do this every time your baby sleeps, including naps. Take lots of daytime walks to get extra sunlight exposure. (Indirect light is best in the summertime, to avoid sunburns.) If it’s too cold to go out, get lots of light exposure at home, especially during the early morning, to help set your baby’s circadian clock. We know babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of SIDS than babies who sleep on their stomachs or sides. The problem with the side position is that the baby can roll more easily onto the stomach. Some parents worry that babies will choke when on their backs, but the baby's airway anatomy and the gag reflex will keep that from happening. Discover extra info relating to Baby Sleep Specialists at this NHS link.

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