Since the well-being of my children is my top priority, I place a premium on a safe night’s sleep for them. As a mother, all I want is to be able to put my boys to bed at night with complete confidence in their security. This is why we adhere to safe sleep guidelines in our home. In this article, learn how you can make your baby have a safe sleep.
Having a consistent bedtime routine for our three sons has also been a priority for our family. They now report sleeping more soundly each night, thanks to this. The days aren’t always roses, but we do our best to keep our boys on a regular schedule.
Baby sleep schedules have helped us maintain consistency in our efforts to train our children to sleep safely and soundly through the night. Both of our sons have benefited greatly from it, and we, as parents, have found it to be a wonderful experience.
I hope that all mothers can sleep soundly without worrying about their children. I would be happy to impart some of the wisdom I’ve gained as a mother of 13 years upon another mother who might benefit from it. In order to ensure a secure sleeping environment for my children, I have complied with the AAP’s recommendations. Again, having peace of mind is so important, and that’s why I educated myself more about safe sleep. I’m hoping you can benefit from this data as well.
The Upsides of Sharing A Room
My hubby and I tried out room-sharing with the boys. During room-sharing, you and your baby sleep in the same room, but the baby does not sleep in your bed but rather in a separate crib or newborn bassinet. My son spent the first six months of his life in a bassinet next to our bed. None of us shared a bed. It’s tempting to want to fall asleep next to your newborn, but please don’t do that.
There are serious health risks associated with co-sleeping. Suffocation, entrapment (where the infant becomes stuck in a position where it cannot breathe), and overheating from a parent’s body heat are all potential threats. When my son needed something, I was right there to give it to him, which was one of the many reasons I enjoyed roomsharing. When I realized he was sleeping in a baby co-sleeper next to us, my mind was put at ease.
Having my son close by while still adhering to my safe sleep routine was a source of joy for me. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to continue using a shared bedroom with their infants until they are between six and 12 months old. My son was finally ready to move to his own room in the nursery when Rick and I made the decision to do so.
The smoothest possible transition was one of our primary objectives. We also followed safe newborn crib practices and other tips I’ll go over later in this article when we moved my son into his nursery, per the AAP’s recommendations.
Should I give my baby a pacifier?
Although some infants refused pacifiers, each of my three sons happily sucked on one. After my kid had successfully latched and was at ease while nursing, we gave him a pacifier. While we were still figuring out how to handle breastfeeding, we didn’t want to use a pacifier for fear of confusing him.
The American Academy of Pediatrics claims that using a pacifier can help lower the risk of SIDS in infants (SUID). It’s crucial that there be no attachments on the pacifier. As for the pacifier, we just went with the standard Philips Avent Soothie, and it served its purpose.
How long should you swaddle your newborn?
We benefited greatly from swaddling our child. We swaddled him as long as he wasn’t showing signs of trying to roll over. There was a seamless transition from swaddling to not swaddling after that. Keep an eye out for signs of increased mobility or attempts to begin rolling over, as every baby is different in this regard. I must give credit to my husband. Swaddling a baby is an art form that he has perfected.
A baby should always sleep in a crib by themselves, on their backs.
My other priority was making sure my son’s crib was up to AAP standards. The only thing in his infant bed was a mattress covered by a fitted sheet. There were no cushions to bump into and no stuffed animals to comfort us. Also, the CPSC maintains a recall list website where you can see if your baby’s crib, newborn bassinet, or playpen has been recalled.
The safest position for a newborn is on his or her back, so remember to put him or her down that way every time you put him or her in the crib. Do this before getting into bed and again before naps. We also made sure my son’s room stayed nice and cool. When he was napping, we never bothered to put on a hat or heavy clothing. All potential hazards in the crib should be removed.
Breastfeeding is less of a hassle when sharing a room.
I know firsthand how draining breastfeeding can be during those late-night feeding sessions. You may be tempted to simply latch your baby on and doze off while they eat, but it’s vital that you stay awake to ensure that they are safely returned to their newborn crib after they are done. After I finished nursing my kid, I always returned him to his newborn bassinet, even if I was still sleepy from experience.
I didn’t want to have to worry about him getting stuck in bed with us or rolling off the bed. Sharing a room with my baby aided me tremendously in my breastfeeding journey. Having his bassinet right next to me meant I never had to leave my side to take him to his nursery on the second floor.
Mothers should have access to a network of encouragement.
When I felt myself beginning to feel overwhelmed or stressed, I knew it was time to reach out to my support group. Both Rick and my mother were wonderful pillars of support for me. We attacked the problem of getting newborn babies to sleep by combining our efforts. Having a fussy baby at night can cause sleep deprivation for both parents, but it’s important to keep in mind that you’re all in this together, a fact that can be easily forgotten when you’re exhausted.
When I was able to pump, I’d prepare a bottle for Rick to use during the night so that I could sleep in a little longer. You shouldn’t feel bad about talking to your friends and family when you’re going through a tough time. As mothers, we can all relate because it’s completely natural. Know that you can get through this difficult time. To get through this time with the help of your friends and family, you need to keep in touch with them.
I sincerely hope these suggestions prove useful and that they provide you with some understanding of how a newborn sleeps. The American Academy of Pediatrics has some useful information on infant sleep that you can find here.
A mother’s first year is filled with joy and wonder, but it also has its share of challenges. Keep in mind that you have the strength to overcome this challenge and that you have support from those around you. Do your best, learn what you can about the things that interest you, and don’t be shy about asking for assistance when needed.
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