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Sleep Tips for Parents

When Baby comes home from the hospital – like most newborn babies, he will sleep most of the time. Newborn infants have irregular sleep cycle. Newborns sleep an average of 16 to 17 hours per day. Soon, he will have established his own sleeping pattern and will gradually sleep less. As children get older, the total number of hours they need for sleep decreases and they also begin to sleep longer.

Since Baby can’t yet move himself, you will have to shift his sleeping position from time to time, from back to one side and then to the other. To keep him on his side, prop up a small pillow or rolled-up blanket against his back.

A common complaint of parents is when their babies wake up in the middle of night for their milk. This is the hour of your baby’s milking schedule and you would need to stay awake for her feeding time. We understand your problem so we suggest these tips to help you overcome sleepiness in the mornings.

Try to keep her as calm and quiet as possible. When feeding or changing your baby during the night, avoid stimulating her or waking her up too much so she can easily fall back to sleep.

Don’t let your infant sleep too long during the day. If she sleeps for large blocks of time during the day, she will more likely be awake during the night.

Put your baby into the crib at the first signs of drowsiness. Ideally it is best to let the baby learn to relax herself to sleep. If you make a habit out of holding or rocking her until she falls asleep, you might spoil her. This may interfere with her learning to fall asleep alone.

Avoid putting your baby to bed with a pacifier. Your baby may get used to falling asleep with it. As much as baby care is concerned, pacifiers are discouraged. Many babies can do without it. Many doctors say this reinforces thumb sucking. If your baby falls asleep with the pacifier, gently remove it before putting her in bed.

Begin to delay your reaction to infant fussing at 4 to 6 months of age. Wait a few minutes before you go in to check her, because she will probably settle herself and fall back to sleep in a few minutes anyway. If she continues to cry, check on her, but avoid turning on the light or rocking her. If crying continues or begins to sound frantic, consider that she may be very hungry, wet or soiled, feverish, or otherwise not feeling well.

Make sure your child is comfortable. Check the temperature in your child’s room. Clothes should not restrict movement. She may like to have a drink of water, have a night-light left on, or the door left slightly open. Try to handle your child’s needs before bedtime so that he doesn’t use them to avoid going to bed.

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