How to sleep a newborn? Advice, ideas and ideas to help children fall asleep and sleep well …
How to sleep a newborn
Not all children have problems falling asleep, and there is no method that suits everyone, but advice, ideas and ideas never hurts when you ‘fight’ with the repeated lack of sleep.
Here you will find various tips to calm and let the children fall asleep or to cope with particularly ‘white’ nights. First of all it would be better not to use the same system to sleep a child, but to alternate between them, so that you do not get used to just one and come to consider it the only one.
Why do newborns generally struggle to fall asleep?
The newborn finds themselves in a totally different situation from the one they are used to: no more attenuated light, warmth and containment in the womb, soft rocking when the mother moves. So, it is natural that they are often more nervous, fragile and has problems reassuring them: they missing all those elements that for months had calmed them and cradled in their mother’s womb.
The idea at this point is: try to recreate as much as possible the reassuring environment for the newborn, at least from birth for the first few months, and gradually get used to the new environment. This is what the cultures of the whole world and of all times have tried to do: this is necessary for bandages, cradles, repetitive lullabies, whispered sounds, use of pacifiers or similar objects.
The five steps to calm an infant and make them fall asleep (up to 3-4 months)
Bandage the newborn
This is only the first step, it will not be enough alone to calm the majority of newborns, but precisely prepare the next ones. The bandage is not something rigid and too tight, nor will it prevent the natural psychomotor development of your child: it is something that is needed in the first months of life, to help the child overcome the transition between a harvested environment in which it is, in a certain sense, “bandaged” by the uterine walls, to an outside world where one can feel a little lost.
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Put it in a position where it is comfortable
On your side or supine, but when you put it down on its back, if it is put down with the head lower than the rest of the body it has a start (Moro’s reflection), which often makes it awaken with great despair of the parent, so be careful to lay first the feet and then the rest of the body.
The newborn is used to being in a collecting position, fetal and once outside it does not always fit immediately and willingly to lie on their stomach. This position, however, is important for the prevention of SIDS, so you can either fall back on the side position (the one on the stomach below is not recommended because of the risk of death in the cradle) or make sure that the child falls asleep under your supervision under the stomach, maybe in contact with your belly and then gently turn it
Cradle the baby rhythmically
Here everyone has a system since the dawn of time. Who uses cradles hanging from the ceiling, who hammocks, those wooden cradles that tilt, those arms. Almost all children then react positively to the contact with the body of the parents, so bringing them in a band or a baby carrier helps a lot to calm them down. And while you wear them so you can walk or do other things … if the baby is nervous for some reason this is a good system: reassured and reassured falls asleep and sleeps longer than usual
Make them listen to a sound that recalls those he felt in the womb
“Ssshhhh, ssssshhh”, also done in a rather high voice, is similar to the sound that the baby felt when he was in the mother’s belly; remember the sound produced by the blood flowing in the aorta at each heartbeat of the mother. Alternatively, you could also use CDs or mp3s that reproduce these “sounds in the womb”. Sometimes the children, always for the same principle, can fall asleep hearing the sound of an appliance, for example a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner
Give the baby something to suck
The suction reflex is a very powerful calming for the newborn, as well as the tool for feeding. There is nothing strange, unnatural or “spoiled” if your baby calms down by sucking the milk from the breast or bottle. Of course, maybe you would like to sleep a little, so a pacifier could make you very comfortable.
Above all for the first time there is absolutely nothing strange in your baby’s need for suckling. Keep in mind, however, that the use of a pacifier can interfere with breastfeeding, because the pacifier and breast suction methods are different and the baby can get confused, and may have less need to attach to the mother’s breast, thus stimulating less the production of milk (and perhaps eating less than it should)
Obviously, the more a child grows the more gradually he will develop the ability to do without these “external supports” to calm down, and then you can keep it less wrapped and less amplitude of the oscillations or the time that is cradled and so on