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The Healthiest Sleeping Habits

Updated: Nov 14, 2022



Introduction

Sleep is important, not only for adults but also for babies. When they aren't getting enough sleep or quality sleep, it can affect their development, health and temperament. In this article we'll discuss the most important things you need to know about helping your baby get better sleep — from what's safe in the crib (or bassinet) to how much time they should spend there each day. And yes: We'll also talk about swaddling!

If you don't have a dedicated space for your newborn, that's okay — just find a safe spot in your room.

If you don't have a dedicated space for your newborn, that's okay — just find a safe spot in your room.

If you're using a crib or bassinet, make sure it's been approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). It should also be sturdy enough to support your child's weight without tipping over. The mattress should fit snugly into the frame so that any gaps between the mattress and frame aren't big enough for baby to get her face caught in them. If you're using a full-body swaddle like For The Baby Full Body Swaddle ($69-$89), it's important that it stays securely fitted around your baby at all times — otherwise she could slip through the fabric and become entangled or suffer an injury as she moves around while sleeping. Finally, make sure any bedding is free of choking hazards like ribbons or strings; use fitted sheets rather than flat ones; use waterproof covers over mattresses; and use high quality sleep sacks designed to prevent accidental suffocation (like For The Baby The Best Sleep Sack).

It's not only what time your baby goes to bed but also how long they sleep that matters.

When it comes to your baby's sleeping habits, it's not only what time your baby goes to bed but also how long they sleep that matters. How much sleep your baby needs depends on their age and temperament.

For example, newborns need to stay awake for at least three hours after they eat in order for their digestive system to function properly. If they don't get enough sleep or are overstimulated by visual stimulation (such as television or bright lights), this can cause digestive issues later in life like colic or constipation.

Older babies also require adequate rest so they have enough energy during the day—without regular naps, toddlers often become irritable and tired quickly due to lack of proper rest at night. In addition, some children may be able to fall asleep with a parent present while others prefer sleeping alone once they reach school-age years.


Helping babies get better sleep is a great way to reduce...

Helping babies get better sleep is a great way to reduce fatigue, stress, and depression in new parents. Sleep is vital for a baby's health and development, but it's also important for you—and not just because it'll help you to be more patient with the little one! Sleep deprivation can cause depression and increase the risk of suicide; it can leave you feeling fatigued; irritable; anxious; or stressed out. In fact, according to the CDC:

  • Approximately 1 in 4 adults don't get enough sleep on a regular basis (roughly 30% of adults sleep fewer than 6 hours per night)

  • As many as 50 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders like insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea

  • About 70% of adults experience some form of daytime impairment due to lack of quality slumber

Studies show that being too hot or too cold can cause...

Studies show that being too hot or too cold can cause restless or shallow sleep. A temperature controlled room and/or swaddle/sleep sack is very helpful.

  • How to keep your baby warm without over heating:

  • Use a breathable, lightweight material like satin for garments that cover your baby's chest, back, arms and legs.

  • Choose natural fibers such as cotton which have the ability to wick moisture away from the skin instead of trapping it against their body like synthetics do.

  • How to keep your baby cool without under heating: If you live in a moderate climate (60 degrees Fahrenheit at night), there are many options available on the market today that have great temperature control properties such as satin with microfiber blends - anything with "satin" in its name indicates that it has excellent temperature management qualities plus being eco friendly!


Getting into a routine with swaddling helps your baby feel...

Getting into a routine with swaddling helps your baby feel secure and makes it easier for them to settle down to sleep. It helps them feel secure and is similar to being in the womb like comfort. Swaddling helps your baby develop a sense of security because they are used to being wrapped up tight as they were as an embryo, which feels familiar and comforting when they are on their way to sleep.

It's been proven that babies who are swaddled can sleep longer, better, and more peacefully than those who aren't.

Swaddling should be stopped by the time your baby is about 3 to 6 months old.

Swaddling should be stopped by the time your baby is about 3 to 6 months old or when your baby tells you they are ready for a sleep sack. While swaddling can help babies feel secure and make it easier for them to settle down to sleep, many parents find that they don’t need to use it past their child’s first birthday. If you opt not to swaddle your baby, you might want to try a wearable blanket instead. Like a sleep sack.

If you opt not to swaddle your baby, you might want to try a wearable blanket instead.

If you opt not to swaddle your baby, you might want to try a wearable blanket instead. Sleep sacks are a great transition from the swaddle because it gives them the more room they need with the same feeling of comfort you and your little one craves.

A sleep sack is very comforting for babies and helps the little one sleep better by restricting startle kicking. Swaddling can help babies sleep more deeply and soundly because it's known to calm them down by replicating being in the womb.

Avoid sharing the bed with your infant if ...

  • Avoid sharing the bed with your infant if you are a deep sleeper, you've been drinking, smoking or taking any prescription painkillers.

  • Share a room, but not a bed because adult germs are sometimes too strong for their tiny immune systems to fight.

  • If you don't want to share a room, use a baby monitor and/or alarm for when the baby rolls over (as long as he doesn't have one already).

  • If you can't resist sharing a bed: make sure both of you are comfortable and aware of his position so as not to accidentally roll over onto him in your sleep!

Make sure there are no gaps between the...

  • Make sure there are no gaps between the edge of the crib and the mattress that could trap them.

  • Check for gaps between the mattress and the crib, or excessively worn-down corners on either side of your baby's head.

  • Make sure that your baby's mattress fits snugly into its crib so there aren't any places where it can get caught during sleep. If you have a bumper, make sure it's not too high—a few inches lower than the top of their chest should do it! And don't use blankets or pillows in their bed either; if they're too big to be protected by a sheet alone, then these items may still pose an entrapment hazard if they get wrapped up around a limb or torso while sleeping on their stomachs (especially if they're able to roll over).

Feed your baby before they sleep about...

Feeding your baby before bedtime is important. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your infant should be fed about 30 to 45 minutes before they go to sleep. If you wait too long, it could cause them not to sleep well or wake up later in the night hungry, requiring a trip back into their room where they will begin crying again.

The amount of time that passes between feeding and bedtime depends on how much milk the baby has consumed and how hungry he or she is. If he or she has eaten enough but still seems hungry, try feeding them again with a bottle of water only (no milk). This will help get the bowels moving so they can have a bowel movement before going back into their cribs for a good night’s rest without waking up during that process.

Dont allow your baby to sleep with a with anything in their mouth.

Don't allow your baby to sleep with a bottle, pacifier or thumb in their mouth.

  • It can cause ear infections. The milk that drips down their throat while they're sucking on the bottle will pool around their tonsils and they may swallow it while they're sleeping. This can cause an infection called otitis media, which is more common in babies than adults because infants' breathing passages are narrower than ours.

  • It can damage teeth growing. When you allow your baby to sleep with anything in their mouth, this puts pressure on the developing teeth and causes them to be pushed forward (called malocclusion). If you want straight teeth for your child when they become older then this habit has got to stop now!

  • It irritates the lips and makes it harder for them to sleep in future if they don't have anything soft like a dummy or breast milk coming out of somewhere like that even though its not good for babies either but still better than bottles which we'll talk about later


Quality sleep is important for both toddlers and parents.

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommends that infants 0 to 12 months old sleep 12 to 16 hours per day, including naps. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babies who received less than 11 hours of sleep each day had higher levels of cortisol (a hormone linked to stress and anxiety), lower levels of melatonin (a hormone that helps regulate your internal clock) and abnormal hormonal patterns. The NSF also recommends that toddlers 1 year to 3 years old get 10 to 13 hours of sleep per day, including naps; while children 4 years and older should receive 9 to 12 hours per night—including naps.*

Sleep is essential for good health at any age! It not only helps you function better during the day but also improves your well-being by allowing you time to unwind after work or school before going home.* Also consider these additional benefits:*1: Better moods - Adequate rest has been shown repeatedly over many studies as an effective treatment for depression.*2: Improved memory - Getting enough zzz's can help improve learning skills by helping people remember more information from lectures or reading materials.*3: Greater attention span - Studies show that those who don't get enough shut-eye may have poor attention spans because they are tired from staying awake too late at night!

Conclusion

Quality sleep is an important part of growing up and living a healthy lifestyle. Although babies often wake up during the night, there are ways to help them get better quality rest. A consistent routine, proper swaddling techniques and safe sleeping surfaces are all factors that can help your infant fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer — which means less stress for everyone involved!


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