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Take a stroll on this section of fun facts and practical tips that you may or may not know yet! Learn from our list of helpful insights for your little one’s life full of firsts.

Sweet dreams, Sweet Pea!

One of the best feelings as a new parent is to sleep harmoniously with our baby, eight hours straight. Reality check: IN OUR DREAMS! Well, it’s because our baby’s sleep cycle is far shorter than ours. He'll spend more time in rapid eye movement or REM sleep, which is a light, easily disturbed sleep.

Establishing good sleep habits can stop baby’s sleep problems even before they start.
As early as six weeks, he could already develop these good sleeping habits -- whereby his natural circadian rhythm or the process that helps regulate his sleep-wake cycle will start to develop.

But before regular sleeping patterns take place, it will surely take time -- and so it’s best to rely on sleeping cues that your baby is abstractly telling you:

  • rubbing his eyes or flicking his ear with his hand
  • faint, dark circles under his eyes
  • whining and crying or staring blankly into space
  • yawning and stretching a lot
  • losing interest in people and his toys
  • becoming quiet and still

Try putting your baby down if you happen to spot these sleeping cues. It would surely save some of your energy rather than waiting for a him to go full-on meltdown.

Your mother instinct may ask  “Shall I play with him all day long so later he’ll be knocked out right away?” Experts say, that will result to counterproductivity. Keeping a baby awake in hopes of tiring him out will actually result in over-stimulation, and he will experience both difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. It is very likely an over-tired baby will sleep shorter, not longer.

A familiar bedtime routine can help to regulate your baby’s body clock and help her to establish a sleeping pattern. You can also teach him the difference of night and day through various activities that you do respectively: 

At daytime, keep the room light and bright. Sing as you feed him or let him hear everyday sounds such as those from telephone and vacuum cleaner. Through this, he would know that this time on is about activities. 

While at night, be strict on dimming or totally turning the lights off. Change him into his pajamas, hum some sweet lullabies, avoid eye contact and kiss him goodnight. Once these rituals are done regularly, he would be able to differentiate nighttime from daytime. 

Question: Am I allowed to sleep next to my baby? Yes you are! That is called co-sleeping. However, ideally, if baby is six months or younger, the safest place for him  to sleep is on his back in a cot or crib next to you, and not on the same bed with you. This is to avoid baby’s vulnerability to SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome when co-sleeping.  If you are breastfeeding him, create a "C" shape around him with your own body. This keeps him at breast level and well away from pillows, which is the safest co-sleeping position for him.

Sooner, your sweat pea will get accustomed to these sleeping rituals and patterns and finally, you could say bye to sleep deprivation (for the meantime, perhaps!)


Any advice and information provided in this website is given as suggestions only and should not be taken as a professional medical diagnosis or opinion. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider. 

Sources

26 Baby Sleep Solutions: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/baby-sleep-solutions?page=0


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