Baby Article : Will a Baby Sling Help My Baby Sleep?

Bath Time and Bed Time

There is some debate over whether or not it’s a good idea to give a baby a bath right before bedtime or not. We suppose this debate probably stems from the fact that different babies respond to baths in different ways.
Most babies enjoy baths. As long as the water is a comfortable temperature and you play with them a little while you are bathing them, it’s a positive experience. Babies like to be clean, and most parents find that their babies do sleep better when they are clean. But should you give your baby a bath right before bed time or a little earlier?
That really depends on you and your baby. If your baby gets excited when you place her in the bath tub and splashes, kicks and squeals in delight, you might want to give her a bath at least two or three hours before putting her in bed. No one wants to nod off to sleep when they’re stimulated, and you’ll usually find it hard to get a baby to sleep when she has just gotten done playing, unless of course she completely wears herself out.
If, on the other hand, your baby relaxes, sighs, and watches you intently while you give her a gentle, warm bath, you might want to consider giving her a bath shortly before bed time. Anything that helps baby relax is a good idea before bedtime. And if your baby is one who relaxes in the tub, a bath can be a perfect part of the bed time routine.
The real trick to getting your baby to fall asleep at night (or any time for that matter) is to start winding down the stimulation before you want her to go to sleep. Many babies will resist sleep is there is too much going on around them. Just like anyone else, they want to have fun. Of course, once they reach the point of crankiness, it’s no fun for them, you, or anyone else.
Most parents find that bedtime routines are helpful in getting older babies onto a sleep schedule. Whether or not that includes bath time is largely dependant on how your baby reacts to the bath. In any case, use routines to your advantage by starting to make baby’s environment relaxing and removing her from things that will stimulate her about an hour before bedtime. You’ll find that she nods off to sleep a bit easier that way.

Will a Baby Sling Help My Baby Sleep?

Many baby experts, especially those of the attachment parenting school, advocate using a baby sling or similar baby carrying device. Doing so allows you to keep your bay close by at all times while still allowing you to keep your hands free to do other things.
It should come as no surprise that being in a baby sling helps babies to fall asleep. After all, it not only puts them very close to you, which is comforting to them, but it also gives them some motion. If you walk around with your baby in a baby sling, you are accomplishing pretty much the same thing as you would if you put her in a car seat and went for a drive or took her for a walk in a stroller.
Motion makes us sleepy. It’s even true for adults. If we’re not actively driving, cars, buses, and airplanes are among the easiest places to catch 40 winks. It’s a well established fact that taking babies on a car or stroller ride helps them fall asleep. It only makes sense that taking them for a walk in a sling would accomplish the same thing.
With the sling, however, you have the added benefit that baby is close to you. Most parents love having baby so close, and babies certainly like it, too.
Of course, if baby is in a sling, you don’t really need to go very far to give her the motion she needs to help her doze off. It isn’t even necessary to go for a walk. Since your hands are free, you can just walk around your home or apartment and your baby will experience all the soothing motion she needs to fall asleep.
You could even do household chores. If you vacuum or run the dishwasher or clothes dryer, you get the added benefit of adding white noise, which also helps many babies fall asleep. Most experts believe the white noise reminds babies of sounds they heard while they were in the womb.
Some parents have found that slings are useful for introducing their babies to the idea of a sleep schedule. They put baby in the sling when it’s time for a nap, and keep him in there until he is in a deep sleep. Anytime it’s time to sleep, they put baby into the baby sling. Soon, baby associates the sling with relaxing and falling asleep.

Now That the Baby Sleeps, I Can’t

While we all know that newborn infants don’t sleep for long periods of time (usually only 2-4 hours at a stretch), babies do start to have longer sleep periods beginning when they are about four months old. By the time babies are six months old, they are often sleeping through the night. Of course, “sleeping through the night” for a baby is still only about six hours at a time.
Still, you should begin to notice your baby sleeping for longer periods beginning sometime after four months. This is a good thing, of course. Unfortunately, many parents have trouble benefiting from it, because they find themselves continuing to wake up, whether the baby does or not. Part of this is undoubtedly because we’ve simply fallen into a routine of waking up several times each night, but a large part of it is also psychological.
Most parents remember that first time baby slept through the night. The first thought that comes to mind, inevitably, when they wake up and realize the baby isn’t crying to be fed is something along the lines of “oh no, I hope the baby’s OK.”
It’s perfectly normal to think that way the first few nights, until you become accustomed to baby sleeping through the night. The best thing you can do is get up and check on the baby. While odds are overwhelmingly in favor of your baby being just fine, it’s much better to get up and check on baby than to lay in bed and worry about whether or not your baby is OK.
Whatever you do, though, don’t wake your baby up to see if she is OK. If she’s asleep, is breathing, and doesn’t seem to be in any immediate peril, let her sleep. Remember, this is a good thing, something you’ve been waiting several months for. After you’ve checked on the baby, lie back down and try to get a little sleep. We know it isn’t easy, but you’ll get used to it.
If you are still having trouble sleeping while baby sleeps after a couple of weeks, talk to your health care professional. She might suggest cognitive therapy, medication, or other sleep aids. While we should all expect our sleep to be somewhat disrupted for the first few months of our baby’s life none of us wants to stay in those sleep patterns forever.

Things to Consider When Designing Your Nursery

Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is challenging, and that is never more clear than when you are decorating and supplying the nursery. You probably already have an idea or two in mind for the decor, but the furniture and baby care items, as well as the paint and other products you use to decorate, will require some research. After all, your nursery should not only be comfortable and stylish but safe as well. Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider when planning your new nursery.
Develop a Design Plan
The newest trend in nurseries is to use neutral colors and simple decor that harmonizes with the rest of the house. Take a walk through your house and consider it with fresh eyes. How might you incorporate elements of your design style into the nursery? Once you’ve picked complementary colors and decor you’ll have a clean, simple canvas to which you can add some fun elements like mobiles and stuffed animals. The main benefit of this approach is the versatility. It is much easier to change details- swapping a mobile or painting, for instance- than it is to repaint a room.
Don’t Crowd Your Nursery With Too Much Furniture.
The last thing you need at four in the morning is to stumble through a crowded nursery. Invest in quality pieces that will last. A convertible wooden crib that can later become a toddler bed, a comfortable glider chair, a sturdy changing table and a small dresser are essential. If you can find a bed or changing table that includes built-in storage you can skip the dresser and save yourself even more space.
Choose a Paint With Low or No VOCs
(volatile organic compounds). These types of paints are now readily available at home improvement stores, and can be custom mixed to suit your design. A chemical-free nursery ensures that your baby (and you) will have a healthy environment that’s free of toxic fumes. Painting the lower half of the wall a different color than the top is a current trend for nurseries, and can be quite elegant when the colors are divided by a chair rail. Be sure to paint the nursery well in advance of your due date, so that any fumes that do exist will have dissipated before baby comes home.
Don’t Buy a Cheap Chair
Quality baby glider rockers can be found at all price levels, but remember that you will be spending many, many hours in this chair. When you’re feeding the baby at four in the morning, after many weeks of inadequate sleep, you will not be patting yourself on the back for saving money by getting the cheapest chair. You will be lamenting the poor support, barely-there cushioning and lack of useful features. Do yourself a favor and invest in a quality glider rocker that will continue to be comfortable for years to come, whether in your living room or in your next baby’s nursery.
Invest in Organic Linens
Your baby deserves a healthy, non-toxic environment, and you can start them off on the right foot by purchasing unbleached cotton bedding that has been produced without chemical pesticides. You (and your baby) will breathe a little easier knowing you’ve done the right thing not only for your baby’s environment, but for everyone else’s as well.
Don’t Forget the Basics
Those first few days and weeks can be overwhelming. Having all of the necessary supplies on hand will ensure that the transition from hospital to home goes as smoothly as possible, and that you won’t have to make any emergency trips. Here are some items you will want to have on hand before baby comes home.
Ask a Friend or Family Member for Advice
Your sister, the new grandma, or a good friend can give the finished nursery a final check for potential hazards you might have missed. Your safety audit should include: removing blinds or curtains with cords, covering electric outlets and ensuring that lamp cords are inaccessible. Consider the room from a babies-eye-view and take steps to remove those things that will pose a risk once baby begins to crawl and reach for things. It may seem a long way off, but your baby will be mobile before you know it and you’ll be better prepared if you check for these things now. Go here for more baby-proofing tips.
The Most Important Tip for Creating a Great Nursery
Get started now. Pregnancy can be exhausting, and your regular life doesn’t stop while you’re preparing for a new baby. It can be hard to get all of the things done that need to be done with so few hours in the day. Start planning early and take time to work on your nursery- even if it’s only half an hour per day- and when it comes time to bring baby home you’ll glad you put in the effort to create a space you can feel good about.
About the Author: Kimberly Aardal writes about rocker gliders for nurseries and swivel glider chairs for EveryDayRockingChairs.com. She spends her free time exploring the mountains in Southwest Colorado with her husband and her yellow lab, Ginger.

Sears versus Ferber on Baby Sleep

If you’re a new parent, chances are, you’ve heard of one or both of those famous doctors: Doctors Sears and Ferber. They are the most well known experts on baby sleep in the country. And they couldn’t be more different in their approaches to baby sleep.

Doctor Sears advocates attachment parenting. Among other things, this includes actively parenting your baby to sleep and immediately tending to your baby when she cries, regardless of what time of day or night it is.

In Doctor Sears’ mind, babies cry because they need something, and it’s our role as parents to do our best to try to figure out what that need is and to lovingly provide for it. Some babies simply need to be held more than others, and as parents, we should make it a point to fulfill that very real emotional need that our baby has. That means that if your baby cries at two in the morning, you should get up, pick her up, and immediately try to help baby with whatever she is going through, whether she needs a feeding or just wants to be cuddled.

Doctor Ferber, on the other hand, advocates a program in which you gradually teach your baby to sleep through the night by allowing him to cry it out. While that doesn’t mean that you stand by idly while your baby screams his head off for hours at a time, it does mean allowing baby a few minutes, in increasing increments, to try to soothe herself back to sleep.

Even when you do go tend to your baby, if you are using Ferber’s method, you keep the interaction fairly minimal. Often, parents are encouraged to simply walk over by the crib, pat baby and reassure her that you’re still there without picking her up. Doctor Ferber suggests, an d many parents attest, that this helps babies learn to sleep through the night faster, allowing everyone to enjoy a peaceful night sooner.

So, which doctor is right? We wouldn’t claim to know. Fortunately, babies have lived through both methods and have grown to be healthy, well adjusted, intelligent children who have no trouble at all forming relationships with their parents or others.

Ultimately, it’s up to you as a parent to trust your instincts and pick the method which works best for you and your family. But whichever method you pick, stick with it. Both doctors agree on one thing: consistency is one of the primary keys to promoting healthy baby sleep.

Stick With Your Soothing Strategy


There is a common mistake made by most first time parents when their babies are fussy, especially if baby has colic. It’s not so much a mistake regarding what they do, or what they don’t do as much as it is a mistake regarding how long they try something before giving up and moving on to the next thing.

This is especially true of young parents with a colicky baby. In all fairness, it’s understandable why you would come to the conclusion that nothing you’re trying is working to calm your baby down after she’s been screaming her little head off for two hours. But often the problem isn’t so much what you have or haven’t tried, but that you haven’t stayed the course long enough with any particular soothing method for it to work.

There are many different things you can try to help calm a fussy baby, but all of them require the ingredient of T-I-M-E. Don’t assume that rocking your baby isn’t helping her calm down just because she doesn’t immediately stop crying. It takes time for her little brain to register the idea that she’s starting to feel better now.

The same can be said for just about anything you use to try to calm a crying baby, whether it’s white noise, a rocker, singing to her, or something completely different. Whatever you try, keep at it for at least an hour before switching to something different. Often, the constant switching from one thing to another is exactly what aggravates your baby and makes them cry harder.

Even if you are completely unable to get your baby to stop crying until she has completely worn herself out, don’t take it personally. Your baby isn’t mad at you, and you aren’t a bad parent. Your baby is simply using the only method she has of communicating that something in her little life is unpleasant right now. The time you spend soothing her now will be rewarded by the way she learns to trust you as she grows, even if it isn’t immediately rewarded with a calm baby.

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