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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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