Any parent will know how difficult it can be to get a baby to settle and into a regular sleeping pattern. Here are a few top tips to help!
Need some ideas to help get your baby to sleep? Natasha Barber, mother and founder of 'uh oh! Sleepwear, shares her top tips to encourage a healthy sleeping pattern:
1. Keep them Cosy- Snuggle up!
The startle reflex, a primitive survival reflex that produces spontaneous, jerky movements, even in sleep can be disturbing. uh-oh! baby sleeping bags celebrate THE TOG TEST- designs which prevent baby from experiencing sudden, jerky movements in the perfect temperature. Baby Sleeping bags are perfect for the summer month, as they keep baby secure and totally 'cool' during the summer months and warm during the winter months, and what’s more, all bags and sleepwear comply & exceed the ‘Australian and New Zealand safety standard for Children’s nightwear (the strictest standard in the world).
2. Regulate the Temperature
The optimal temperature for infant sleep is approximately 18 degrees. Always check that your baby is not too hot or cold. An efficient way of doing this is by placing your hand between their shoulder blades – they should feel warm, not hot. On very warm days, keep your baby cool by closing the curtains or blinds and opening a window in his room, and in really hot weather, sponge your baby gently with tepid water and remove any padding from around his cot so the air can circulate. uh-oh!’s baby sleeping bags have been designed specifically to ensure bub is relaxing in the correct TOGGED TEMP that promotes deep sleep patterns:
3.0 tog - long sleeve padded bags- are best for colder climates and rooms that fall below 16*C. Long sleeve, lightweight grosuit or pyjama set.
2.5 tog - Sleeveless, padded bags required for rooms of 16 to 20*C. Long sleeve grosuit or pyjama set.
0.5 tog - Sleeveless, unpadded bag. Temperature from 20*C upwards. Short sleeve summer bodysuit.
3. Use Dimmers
Light is one way to regulate babies' circadian rhythm--the body's internal clock. Plug your lamps into dimmer units and when the sun goes down in the evening, lower the lights--even if your baby isn't going right to bed. To reinforce these rhythms, make sure your home is brightly lit during the day, even if he's napping.
4. Make Some Noise
Having spent nine months in the womb, loud is normal to a baby, and life outside the womb is uncomfortably quiet, so- don't give your child the silent treatment! White noise should be encouraged throughout the day, and will ensure your child sleeps for longer and, is hands down the most effective, easiest to implement and inexpensive sleep aid for babies. White noise sounds like “home” to a baby.
5. Swing and Talk
Talking softly to your child and adding a gentle swing to the mix will encourage a gentle entrance into deep sleep with the familiar voice of their parent. Gentle patting will also encourage rhythmic touch and help soothe them into a deeper sleep.
6. It's a Blackout
If you’re feeling bub is still restless at night then perhaps re-visit the amount of light sneaking into the room. Darkness triggers the brain to release melatonin, a key sleep hormone. To induce night time sleepiness, consider installing blackout shades which work a miracle and are portable so you can take them with you whilst grandparents are babysitting!
7. Massage Miracles
Physiotherapist Petro Kuiper from Physio on Brunswick says, bedtime massage increases serotonin levels and regulates melatonin secretion rhythms which helps regulate sleep patterns. Before bed, give your child a 15-minute massage using slow strokes, moderate pressure, and a baby-safe oil which will help bub fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
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