Babies, especially newborns, can be incredibly difficult to put down for naps or bedtime. From their perspective, they are being introduced into a loud, bright and overwhelming environment.
Why Won't My 6 Month Old baby Sleep Unless Held?
There is a disconnect with their sleep environment
Newborns can be uncomfortable in their new environment. The heartbeat of their mother can sooth them as it reminds them of the womb.
The disconnect occurs when babies associated sleep with the comfort of their mothers arm's hearing their heartbeat instead of their crib or sleeping environment.
Activating their Moro Reflex
The moro reflex is an involuntary reflex that occurs in infants when there is a sudden disruption in their body balance or sudden stimulation.
The reflex is initiated when you pull on your baby's arms when they are lying on their back. To your baby, this makes them feel like they are falling.
Natural Sleep Remedies For Babies
According to the National Sleep Foundation, babies require 18 hours of sleep a day. However, this 18 hours of sleep is broken up into blocks of maximum 4 hours. The reason this occurs is because babies do not have an established circadian rhythm. We will provide several ways to help create a more friendly sleep environment but not every baby will respond to every tip. Use the tips that work for your baby and discard the rest!
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A Consistent ScheduleA consistent schedule that includes waking times and feeding times can help adjust your baby's internal clock
Fresh Air And Excellent Air Quality
Fresh air and sunlight during the day is great for babies! Air quality is also very important as air pollutants have been associated with breathing issues during sleep.
These air pollutants have been associated with an increased risk of asthma and eczema.
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Total darkness is very beneficial for a baby's sleep quality as babies are more likely to wake up when exposed to light. Shutting out all light can allow babies to sleep past 5 am and well into the morning!
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4 Tips On How To Get Your Baby To Sleep Without Being Held
All of these tips are suggestions based on science. You are the expert of your baby so do what works for you and your baby!
Create A Peaceful Sleep Environment
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Another strategy is removing toys and distractions as when these toys are out of sight they become out of mind.
A white noise machine can ensure that loud sounds are less likely to wake up your baby and help sooth your baby to sleep.
Swaddling and Rocking Them To BedFrom a baby’s perspective, swaddling can imitate the feeling of being held. Swaddling them, placing them in their crib, lightly touching them and then rocking their crib could soothe them to bed.
Create A Bedtime Routine
A bedtime routine allows your baby to associate calming activities with sleep. Part of your bedtime routine could include activities such as taking a bath, reading a story to your baby singing lullabies or cuddling them.
The activities that should not be included in your bedtime routine are playing with your baby as this will only keep up them up longer.
Use A PacifierPacifiers are designed to help soothe babies as sucking is a normal reflex for them. Pacifiers are also safe during sleep and have been shown to reduce sleep-related death and other sleep-related issues.
When Is It Safe For A Baby To Sleep With A Blanket?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, soft bedding and blankets should be kept out of the sleep area for the first 12 months of your baby’s life. The reason they made this decision is because soft bedding and blankets can lead to suffocation.
Are Weighted Sleep Sacks Safe For Babies?
Weighted blankets are safe for the most part and do have some benefits however they do not come without risks.
One benefit that they have is that hey can simulate the womb which can allow your baby to sleep!
The issues with weighted sleep sacks are that they can create situations where your baby could be at risk for suffocation and they could contribute to your baby overheating.
If you are considering getting a weighted sleep sack consider the benefits, risks and contact your pediatrician.
Now We Want To Hear From You!
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