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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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Parents, is Your Baby Keeping You Up at Night? Tips from Baby Nurses

New parents are usually filled with joy after bringing a new baby into the world; it’s the most special event in your life, and no love compares to that for your own child.  Still, after a few sleepless nights and tiring days, you start wondering what you can do to help your baby sleep better at night, so you can get the essential rest you need to properly care for your little one.  Baby nurses, also often called night nurses, have plenty of tips and strategies to help your nighttime hours become more peaceful and restful for both parents and babies at your house.

Babies are new to the world we live in, and don’t know the difference between day and night.  While waking and sleeping patterns will develop in the coming months, what do you do in those first months when it seems your baby wants to sleep all day and party all night?  Here are a few helpful hints.

First, the obvious – make sure your baby has on a clean, dry diaper and comfortable sleepwear. 100% cotton clothing is much more comfortable to baby’s delicate skin than synthetic fabrics such as polyester.

Rocking, walking, feeding, swinging, and other transitional techniques.  Babies don’t automatically transition from being awake to going sound asleep, so it’s important to use techniques that are relaxing and soothing.  By rocking, walking, placing your baby in a baby swing for a few minutes, feeding, or nestling down by putting baby next to you until he/she falls asleep, it not only helps your baby go to sleep, but eventually will be a signal to your little one that it’s sleep time.

When it comes to bedtime, be consistent.  Familiar, consistent rituals are important for helping your baby not only go to sleep, but sleep longer at a stretch.  This may involve a warm bath, soft music, rocking/swinging, singing a lullaby, etc.  Sticking to a routine is important for helping essentially “program” your baby to drift off to sleep.

The right sleeping environment.  Keeping the bedroom dark with only the subtle light of a nightlight helps baby sleep more sound.  It’s also important to keep the bedroom comfortable, around 70 degrees with a humidity level of about 50% to help prevent the stuffy nose that can develop as a result of dry air.

These are just a few suggestions for helping your baby sleep well at night so that the entire family can enjoy a better night’s rest.  At Sleeping Angels, our baby nurses provide quality, loving care for your baby helping new parents adjust to new routines and schedules.

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Key Benefits of Locating the ‘Perfect’ Nanny Through an Agency

Los Angeles Nanny Placement AgencyIf you’re a parent in the Los Angeles area who has considered hiring a nanny to help care for your children, no doubt you have reservations.  You want a nanny you can trust explicitly, someone who is a good fit for your family, an individual with excellent references, experience, and who will put the welfare of your children first.  Sure, you can post a search engine optimization ad online indicating your need, flip through the Yellow Pages, or find an individual online advertising his or her services – but there are some very important benefits in hiring a nanny through an agency!

Enjoy peace of mind knowing your nanny has been thoroughly screened, and is highly trained.  Most agencies perform background checks to ensure the nannies they staff do not have criminal records or other issues in their histories that could make them potentially dangerous for clients and their children.  Physical training is also vital, as not everyone has the skill to care for children in terms of providing first aid when necessary, planning activities, meals, or communicating at a child’s level.  In addition, the development of children and their safety are other critical areas parents are concerned about.

You’re not sure exactly what (or who) you’re looking for in a nanny.  When it’s your first time to secure the services of a nanny, it’s hard to know what you want.  Sure, you know someone who’s going to be involved in your children’s lives should be good with kids and that you’ve got to hire help, but that’s about the extent of it.  In a perfect world, you’d love a real-life version of Mary Poppins (and who wouldn’t?) but families are all unique – and who would be the ideal fit for your family’s needs?  One more benefit of working with a nanny agency is that you get personalized attention, as a staff member works to get to know you and your family in order to determine the most important attributes in a nanny for the unique needs of your family.

You’d feel better with a back-up plan.  What happens when the nanny just doesn’t work out?  If you hired her on your own, you’re stuck until you find someone else – and who knows how long that could take!  When you work through an agency, you have a “safety  net” of sorts.  Should a nanny not be the right fit for your needs, the agency will find another nanny who may be more suitable.  While you may have to get a temporary sitter for a day or two, you don’t have to start all over again.

Ultimately, you want your child or children to be in caring, capable hands whether it’s bath time, meal time, or time for play or reading.  When a happy, well-adjusted child is your top priority, consider hiring a nanny through Sleeping Angels Co., a professional nanny agency in Los Angeles you can trust to go beyond your expectations.

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