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Sleep Tactics for New Born Babies

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The road to sleep is a bumpy.  As babies navigate each growth “bump” and “curve” filled with the new developmental milestones between 4 & 6 months, there are going to be “deep valleys” filled with sleep disruptions.  These milestones include growing teeth, learning to roll, crawl, sit, pull to stand, discovery of their feet, a new vowel/consonant sound.

There are several key components when it comes to a baby’s sleep. The first is the ability to self sooth.  A baby will cry (signal) when they wake until they learn to fall back asleep on their own. Some babies learn this on their own, while MANY others need our help as they move from being “signalers” to “soothers”.  Allowing for some supervised struggle (cry) for a few naps and nighttime sleep gives them the time and opportunity to learn to fall back asleep. After a few sessions of these “struggle opportunities,” babies typically start sleeping better.  Techniques and tools such as a blankie (aka lovey) may be used to help babies in their journey to self soothing.

A baby’s sleep cycle is around 40-50 minutes and it’s important to note that even when they sleep for a few cycles (naps) and many cycles (sleeping through the night), they are still waking up in between cycles.  However they can fall back asleep on their own if they are still tired.  This is because they have learned to self sooth and can listen to themselves and their own needs rather than being dependent on the caregiver to sooth them to sleep, typically with food.  As they get more practice sleeping and get more comfortable with their independence, they will be able to have deeper sleep.  With the deeper sleep comes the ability to more easily put themselves back to sleep and thus stay asleep.  Until of course they hit a previously mentioned “bumps” or “curves”  which can be disruptive and result in the night-waking (“signaling”) to start all over again!  Unfortunately it can be a vicious cycle and this“sleep road” is longer for some babies than others.

The next key component to sleeping through the night is to recognize that it all start with the daytime routine!  The naps during the day help protect the sleep at night.  The more time dedicated to helping a baby regulate their daytime feeding and sleeping schedule, the sooner the baby will regulate their nighttime sleep patterns. This is why it’s important to start your day at approximately the same time every morning. Yes, this means waking the baby up even he or she is asleep.  Otherwise they will “push the day” which means that the naps, and ultimately their bedtime, will get pushed.

Waking a sleeping baby is done in a very gentle manner.  We first open the bedroom door, move around the room, put clothes away, re-stocking your diaper stack, open the shades, turn on some music, etc. If this doesn’t do the trick, then move to their crib and begin to stroke their body with deep pressure and long strokes.  They will probably start to stretch so move your hands with the stretch. Do this quietly until they open their eyes.  Then start your very soft, gentle talking.

The Routine:
What’s a good time to get them up?
Between 6 and 8am…depending on your daily schedule.
Most babies start the day between 630 and 7am on their own…so the closer you wake them to this time (630/7am), the easier it will be in establishing your baby’s daily routine. Let’s say you want to start with a 7am wake up…but your baby wakes at 630am…crying and crying. Listen to the cry…if it seems like you need to respond, then go in…keeping your own eyes half-closed, making little to no eye contact…ssssh them, hand them their transitional object (i.e., little blankie—“comfort silkie”) and walk back out. Do this until their 7am wake up time.

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How to Choose the Right Celebrity Nanny?

Beautiful young woman carries on her back little sisterWell, if you think hiring a celebrity nanny is pretty much the same as hiring any nanny, you’re definitely mistaken. In fact, if you’re a celebrity, you may well end up making a really big mistake if you don’t hire the right “celebrity” nanny.

Now, if you’re wondering what a celebrity nanny exactly is and how they are different from other nannies, let us tell you a few important differences. The very first one is that celebrity nannies only serve celebrities, meaning they don’t work for others. Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

Secondly, a celebrity nanny would obviously demand a much higher rate than most other nannies out there. Similarly, a celebrity nanny would also have to take care of many more important responsibilities which are not a part of most other nannies’ job.

So with that said, let us find out how exactly to go about choosing the right celebrity nanny.

Should be a good nanny

Well, this one’s obvious. A celebrity nanny obviously needs to be a good nanny in the first place. While she actually needs to be much more than just a good nanny, but if she isn’t even good enough at taking care of your little one, then there’s no point looking further into whether she meets the other requirements.

Should be VERY flexible

Kindergarten Teacher and Kid Playing with Wooden Building BlocksThis is one extremely important factor that many celebrity parents fail to consider properly while hiring a nanny. They perhaps expect that everything might work out just the way they have thought, and the higher pay would be encouraging enough for the nanny to show up anytime they want.

More often than not, however, it probably doesn’t work out that way. And that’s exactly why you should be very clear with your requirements while looking for the right nanny.

As your schedule may be far from flexible, your nanny may have to compromise on their personal life and freedom quite a bit. In fact, you would actually want someone who is willing to work around the clock, from sun-up to sun-down.

So during the interview, be sure to ask whether they would be comfortable not having a fixed schedule but rather work anytime they are asked to.

Should be able to maintain a VERY high level of confidentiality

While ideally every nanny should value their employers’ privacy, it’s a way bigger concern when it comes to celebrities. After all, anything that goes out of your house would get into the news way too quick, and hence you would want to keep it confined to the boundaries of your home.

In fact, many celebrities want their nanny to sign a non-disclosure agreement, thereby which they cannot share any details about their employers with their friends and family, including even who they are.

Happy family with newborn babyShould be comfortable with long trips

Well, as you may have to travel for long periods of time fairly frequently, you would also want the nanny to be comfortable with long trips. While you should be giving them an advance notice every time you want them to join you on a trip, sometimes it may just not be possible, meaning that your nanny would have to be comfortable with long trips without advance notices as well.

Should be more than just a nanny

Most celebrities actually want their nanny to also do other work besides caring for their child. While you can’t expect the nanny to do all the household chores, you may certainly expect them to be a helping hand when your schedules are too demanding.

Hence, you may want to consider that as well while hiring your nanny, and even include it in the contract so that you don’t encounter any issues down the road.

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Simple Techniques to Help Send Baby off to Dreamland

close-up portrait of a beautiful sleeping baby on whiteFor parents of a newborn bundle of joy (or even one that’s a few months old, for that matter) getting your baby to sleep good so that you can get your own much-needed rest is often a challenge.  What can you do when you’ve tried everything you know, and baby is still wide awake when the rest of the world’s sleeping?  We have a few techniques you’ll find helpful.

  • First, don’t make eye contact. Why, you may ask?  Eye contact actually stimulates your baby, particularly if you look him or her in the eyes for too long, or in a way that’s animated.  When putting your little one to sleep or calming him/her upon waking during the night, avert your eyes away from baby’s eyes.
  • Considering a calming bath. Just as adults enjoy a nice soak in a warm tub to relax, babies do too.  Leave the toys out of the tub – the last thing you want to do is get your baby excited.  Use a soft washcloth to gently stroke your baby in warm water.  So soothing!
  • Don’t think keeping your baby awake longer will make her sleep better through the night. Actually, it’s best to put baby to bed around 6:30 or 7:00 during the first year of life, and a baby who’s overtired will have a harder time getting to sleep. Ironically, early to bed often results in a good night’s sleep – and a later wake time in the morning.
  • Think cotton or other natural fibers for sleeping. Babies can be sensitive to synthetics, which could leave skin irritated and you guessed it – hinder sleep.  Comfort counts!
  • A cool environment induces sleep. Adults have a tough time sleeping when the room is too warm, and babies are no different.  Keep the temperature between 65 and 70 degrees, and you’ll not only help baby sleep better but possibly prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) as well according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Forget the nightlight. Most parents use nightlights to help baby feel secure, but this isn’t the best idea.  Instead, use blackout shades or dark curtains during the day when baby is taking a nap, and in the evenings when it’s time to go to sleep for the night.  Upon your baby waking, open the shades or curtains up so that your baby correlates light with awake time, and dark with sleep time.

These are just a few suggestions that will hopefully help you and your baby get the sleep you need.  There are countless things you can do as a parent to help your little one sleep better; when one idea or suggestion from a friend or family member doesn’t work, keep trying others!  You’ll soon discover what works for your baby.

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Night Nurses Give Parents of Newborns Much Needed Relief!

Nurse with mother and newborn babyNight nurses, often referred to as “baby nurses,” are a wonderful investment for parents of newborn babies, or even twins. While you might think your biggest concern is getting much needed rest and sleep at night, the fact is it isn’t really all about the luxury of a good night’s sleep – it’s much more than that!

What To Expect

Naturally, most parents of newborns think about the here and now, and aren’t really looking into the next several months for first year of their baby’s life. Because night nurses have extensive experience in sleep and routine training, it’s really an investment in your baby’s entire first year of life. These “experts” in routine and sleep training for babies can make your life much easier, long after you no longer require an extra set of hands!

Night Nurse

The term “nurse” may be a bit confusing, as night nurses are actually non-medical newborn specialists who are highly experienced in the care of infants from their first day home through the following weeks or even months. You may even want to consider these specialists a nanny who helps around the clock with feeding, bathing, diapering, rocking, and the dozens of other tasks parents often have to take care of themselves, leaving them exhausted. Perhaps the greatest thing about having a baby nurse help you care for a newborn during those first few weeks is the nurse’s ability to help establish sleeping and eating patterns, which can dramatically reduce the chaos in what used to be your relatively calm life.

Newborn baby yawningNew Parents

For parents who have a first child and literally no experience bathing, feeding, swaddling, and caring for a little human life, a baby nurse can be a godsend. Those first few weeks can be absolutely brutal on first-time parents of newborns (and especially those with multiple births), but an experienced night nurse can help smooth the transition not only for parents, but the new baby as well. Babies have to develop regular habits and patterns just as adults do; these wonderful nurses are worshiped by many parents who without help, may have found themselves still trying to establish eating/sleeping patterns even six months or a year after their baby came home.

Does having help with your newborn baby by a professional who is caring, capable, and trustworthy during those first few weeks sound like heaven? Contact Sleeping Angels today to learn more about our baby nurses and other services.

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