The sleep of the newborn is not a bargain: do not mess with the bed!
A good rest is essential for your baby, especially in the first weeks of life, but it is not always easy to get it. The newborns sleep a total of even 16 hours a day, with sleep-wake rhythms that follow their physiological needs, such as those related to hunger and thirst. During the early days, the baby could struggle to fall asleep or have frequent awakenings, but do not worry! Try to be patient and follow his/her rhythms, compatibly with the type of breastfeeding you have chosen or with specific needs. As the baby grows, the sleep-wake alternation will tend to regularize and you can follow some small tips to improve your baby’s rest.
Precisely because of the importance of a peaceful sleep, it has drawn up a handbook that includes a series of suggestions to encourage the baby’s good sleep and make mothers and children happier. Let’s see what it is …
1) Understand and respect the rhythms of the child
Especially in its first days of life, you will have to learn to understand your child’s sleep-wake rhythms, trying to respect them and adapt to their needs. Night feedings are inevitable for a newborn, but you can try, at least for a while, to follow the same times: you’ll see that you will find a perfect understanding!
2) Do not be impatient
Be patient and understanding: your child’s rhythms will initially be very irregular, but do not despair because, as it grows, they will tend to stabilize.
3) Create pre-nanna rituals
One of the tips to ensure a good sleep for your child is to create small pre-sleeping rituals: a warm and fragrant bath, a fairy tale, a lullaby or a nursery rhyme. It will be your magic moment! This type of special pampering will help the child to associate a positive feeling when falling asleep.
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4) Fall asleep in his/her bedroom
To make sleeping time a healthy and peaceful habit, it is best to get your child used to falling asleep in his/her bedroom and in his/her crib. It will be hard to resist the temptation to fall asleep while in your arms or when you are around, but it is important that you associate your room when you go to sleep.
5) Keep calm
Being always calm and serene is really fundamental. Your child is able to tell if you are nervous or agitated and this will certainly prevent him from falling asleep quickly and easily. If baby keeps waking up or making a tantrum, do not be angry: make sure baby is okay and that everything is fine.
6) Do not rush into his/her room as soon as he cries
This is certainly a tough test for a new mother, but it is good to avoid running in her bedroom as soon as you hear it cry. Even if it will seem cruel and ruthless, try to wait a while before rushing to take it in your arms and cuddle. When you enter the room, to help him fall asleep early, it is preferable not to immediately turn on the light and always use a low and quiet tone of voice.
7) Create an ad hoc sleeping environment
A useful tip to help you fall asleep and help your child rest better is to create a suitable sleeping environment. The room must be comfortable, dimly lit, quiet and with an internal temperature of about 20°. Even the choice of soft colors and relaxing walls and furniture could make your child’s room a true oasis of relaxation.
8) Place the child on his/her stomach
One of the most widespread recommendations at the international level is the one concerning the position of the newborn during sleep. The best solution is to place it belly up: this position is the safest for your baby.
9) Do not cover it too much
One of the most frequent mistakes of a new mother is to dress the baby too much. Avoiding covering it too much will help prevent it from sweating, waking up and bustling, and getting sick.
10) Avoid drugs or natural remedies for sleep
Even if the child struggles to fall asleep or sleeps too little, do not fall into the temptation to try to induce sleep with drugs or other natural remedies. By contradiction, you could get the opposite effect from the one you hoped for! With a little patience and good will you will certainly be able to do without it.