Sleep Basics - all you need to know!
All you need to know before baby is born.
One of the biggest concerns for new parents is their baby's sleep. We hear many questions like:
How do I put the baby to bed?
What do I buy for my baby to help them sleep?
Is co-sleeping good for my baby and I?
What do I need to know before buying a crib?
Here's what you need to know with several tips to handle your little one's precious sleep.
Sleep Essentials for Your Baby:
Buying the right essentials for your bub's sleep will help you reduce the hard work that goes into putting them to sleep and keeping them baby safe. Below is the list of props you need:
· Swaddle X 3 / Swaddle Blankets X 3: Keep your baby warm and give them that womb-like feeling by swaddling them. You can buy thin cloth blankets for the summer and muslin ones in the winter.
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· Onesie X 6
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· Bassinet/Cot: The first months you need to keep your baby in your room, safe space placing your newborn in a basinet, sleeping pillow, pram or as is common in Nordic European countries in a draw ( remember to add a mattress or padding to it). If you wonder why do you need to keep Newborn in your room, it is for your own sleep quality, first months of live newborns need to feed overnight, the closer you are to the baby the less disruptive it will be for you to do the feeding. Also the sooner you feed your baby when it starts crying the more likely it is that baby goes back to sleep.
- Did you know bots with bars require safety protection accessories? What else do I need to buy for the cot? Indeed the cot requires plenty of extras, while most shops will advise you to buy another mattress, we have tried the default ones and the premium ones and couldn't see any difference, our babies have loved both. Yet if you go for a cot with bars, be aware you need to buy a bumper or air mesh to ensure legs and arms do not get stuck through the bars.
- What do I need for the mattress? You will easily find winter and summer fitted sheets. For basinet we found the best option are large pillow cases. make sure you have a pair of water resistant mattress protectors, in the first months you might need to change the sheets daily due to reflux and diarrhea.
· White noise machine or lullaby machine, we love this one from VTech because it has a cry and movement sensor that turns it on when baby cries, it has nature sounds, lullabies, short bed time stories and lights. You can find the same toy in Hippo version also from VTech.
· Baby monitor: This helps you keep an eye on your little one while you do chores or if she is sleeping in her room. You will find some that monitor baby's breath and temperature.
· Mittens, sometimes included in the pj's such as Bonds Wondersuits. Best Value found is Outlet Shop for Kids.
· Swings and rockers: This isn't mandatory but it may help you put your baby to sleep in the early weeks. Our toddlers still love it!
· Blackout curtains, essential to teach difference between day and night.
· Babywear sling or carrier: Babywear is the best to have to keep them close to you. You can relax or go on a walk with this (Trust us, babies love to be this close to you). We love Rookie Baby a German brand because is lightweight and very easy to put on, compared with more famous brands as ergobaby and they are absolutely gorgeous!
· Nappies, nappy rash cream, and baby wipes are essentials too.
Make an educated choice on nappies, you might find some nappy brand that works better for you, less leaking or better adjustment for your baby.
Our favorite Nappy Rash cream is Weleda Calendula - 100 Organic and grown in Germany, human right's respectful, vegan and full of wonderful ingredients for your baby's skin such a calendula chamomile. Learn how to deal with Nappy Rash
Safe sleeping measures:
To ensure your baby is safe and to provide her with a good sleeping environment, you should be aware of the safe sleeping measures below:
· The cot you select should meet the Australian Safe Standards (In Australia.)
· The mattress should be the right size for the cot, and it should be firm. Avoid anything like water beds etc., which increases SIDS.
· Should not place toys or pillows, or sheets in the cot. Use sleeping bags instead of blankets, duvets and sheets.
Pros and cons of co-sleeping with your baby:
We understand that as new parents, especially when those maternal instincts kick in, you want your baby close to you all the time or, you might find it easier to feed them on your bed instead of getting up every two hours. This might lead you to choose co-sleeping.
Let us understand the pros and cons of it:
· Having your baby nearby helps in bonding and provides that secure feeling for both you and the baby.
· If you had a c-section or episiotomy, it is easier to feed her on your bed until you recover, at least for the first six weeks.
· It will be easier for you to go back to sleep after feeding them as you don't have to get out of bed and go to the other room.
· You might suffer from sleep deprivation for a longer period.
· The time you spend with your partner , quality of sleep and intimacy will be affected.
· There are greater chances of you rolling onto baby or hurting them by moving around.
· Your baby might take longer to transform into independent sleeping habits.
Keeping co-sleeping to the minimum period and considering sleep training your baby at least after three months will help you and your baby have a better sleep. It will let you close the gap between you and your partner due to a lack of together time.
Tips for handling your little one's sleep:
· Speak to a sleep consultant and understand the sleep cycles of your baby according to their age. Here is our trusted holistic sleep trainer. Free consultation, ebook and nap tracker included in our "ready to go" birthing bag.
· Consider sleep training after six weeks. They say that there is a window between 6 to 8 weeks, and it is much easier to sleep train your baby then.
· Follow a routine to make your baby understand bedtime. Doing this every day at the same time will assist in releasing melatonin – the natural sleep hormone.
· Use blackout curtains to keep the room darker and reduce stimulation before bedtime.
· Feed baby well before sleep. Follow eat, play, and sleep routine even during the daytime for naps.
· Stay patient with night wakings as this soon will pass. Treat night-time feedings like a business; no playing or lights on during feeding and put them straight back to sleep to reduce longer waking.
· Dress according to the weather and put your baby on their back when sleeping.
· Give them enough daytime naps.
· Be active when they are awake and let them explore things around them.
· Try not to encourage screen time before bed (It is recommended not to give any screen time until two years).
· Keep essentials like nappies, nappy cream, and wipes on the side table or near your baby's crib for easy access.