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Co-sleeping or Solo Sleep? Which is better for your baby?

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Infant sleep training triumphs with either co-sleeping or solo sleep.

That is a hotly debated subject that always gets a lot of attention. The answer seems to be undecided and difficult to support in either direction.
Is there any benefit to parent and children sleeping together? It seems that there is no good or bad outcome that can be association with co-sleeping such as bed-sharing. There could be benefits and there could be risks and dangers. A benefit could be breastfeeding advantages. Some claim that there is greater problem-solving independence during toddlerhood because of co-sleeping. Others claim bed-shared infants and young children were more satisfied with their bodies and had more secure gender identities. But further studies show that by age 18, the children show no advantage over children who had slept alone.
There is extensive literature pertaining to methods of training infants to fall asleep on their own and put themselves back to sleep when they wake (self-soothing). Sleep training has been shown to result in reduced bedtime struggles, fewer night waking and longer sleep periods for both baby and parents. Mothers of sleep trained babies were also less likely to experience postpartum depression. Parents are also quick to report that the sleep trained baby has improved temperament and mood, and there is less overall parenting stress and more confidence, and greater marital satisfaction. There is not any identified negative effect.
These effects are irrespective of the form of sleep training used, including “cry it out”. Most parents do not prefer this method, but instead prefer a modification of this training. This would involve the parent periodically calming the crying child and increasing the comforting interval over successive nights. Research does not seem to confirm the superiority of either modification of this method. Fortunately, if the Baby NapCap is employed as an aid to the calming and comforting of the infant at the time of sleep training, both parent and baby are more easily relaxed. NapCap used consistently has been shown to trigger or “cue” the infant to sleep and the training can be easier and of shorter duration.
The conclusion is that co-sleeping or bed-sharing versus solo sleep seems hard to objectively defend, and thus be a parent’s choice. However, it is clear that sleep training is a very important step that parents need to take, however it is done, for the health and well being of the infant and caregivers.

The Sunscreen to Love – NapCap for Sun Protection

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Summer time is coming and sun will be shining bright.  No summer is complete without a lot trips to the playground and at least one backyard cookout or day at the pool, lake, or ocean.  Play it safe.  Remember to seek the shade for your baby.  Hang out under a tree or umbrella, or find another way to shelter your baby from the sun.  Some sort of shelter also helps protect their sensitive eyes as well as their tender skin.  Newborns and infants do not have fully developed eyes and they really need to have protection for their eyes. 

There is a new product that will solve this problem that should go with you in the diaper bag wherever you take your baby this summer.  It is NapCap.  Originally designed and patented as a sleep and napping aide, it is turning out to be just as valuable as a sunscreen for the eyes.  The soft veil that can be raised or lowwered over the infant’s eyes keeps out the bright sun rays and provides protection.  It can be used as infant sunglasses when you take baby for a walk in the stroller or when baby is in the car seat and you are driving with sun shining in on baby.  NapCap takes the place of those sometimes in effective car window shades.  NapCap is also very light weight and handy to have for many challenging bright light situations, stores, doctor’s offices, etc.

NapCap can also be worn backwards with the veil down covering the back of your baby’s neck.  There are going to be many times when you will have your baby snuggled against you, facing you when the sun is brightly shining.  You may have him out walking in a sling and sun is cooking the back of his neck.  Please don’t put a blanket over his head or him .  It is too hot for that and the air he will breathe through the blanket will be stale and too warm.  Use NapCap instead because there is plenty of air circulation around the cap and it still provides protection from harmful rays.

Love the sun, love the baby, and love using NapCap for sun protection.

Babies can only handle about 2 hours of wakefulness!

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Watch your baby for signals of tiredness and put the baby down to sleep as soon as possible when observed.  A baby who is encouraged to stay awake when their little body is craving sleep is typically unhappy.  Most newborns can only handle about two hours of wakefulness.  Once baby becomes overtired, he will become over-stimulated and find it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.  This, by the way is true of even toddlers.  Crankiness and misbehaving equates to tiredness in older babies.  I find that bedtimes and naptimes don’t necessary match the clock, but should match the baby’s tiredness.  Remind yourself how some days are busier and more physically draining than other days for you.  The same is true for babies.  Some days your baby will just get more tired than other days because he has been learning so much and growing so fast.  Look for signals from your baby indicating he is tired.  Put him down with NapCap at that moment, before he gets overtired.  It may mean in the middle of visiting a friend or halfway through the meal at a restuarant.  This is when NapCap can come to the rescue and block out the light and distractions and babies can fall to sleep in places other than their own crib.  Here are a few sleep signals you can learn to recognize:  yawning, rubbing eyes, fussing, looking vacant, quieting down, lull in activity, disconnect from people and toys, head drooping, and sucking motion.  You may learn your baby has his own special signal for you.  A mother’s keen observation of her baby will really help you both and lead to a pleasant routine of naps and sleep.  NapCap helping babies sleep!

Sleep a issue? Ideas from Women’s Health Magazine

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

This information is for new mothers as well as your new babies.  Women’s Health Magazine recently published an article that discussed Four Natural Tricks for Sleeping Better.  www.womenshealthmagazine.com

 

1.  Eat a few Carbs one hour before bed.  I would suggest an apple.  Carbs increase release of soothing seritonin into your body.

2.  Block out artifical light 1/2 hour before bed and don’t turn on lights if you get up to check baby or use bathroom.

3.  Make bedroom cool.  The optimal temperature is 68 degrees.

4.  Wear socks to bed. The warmth of socks causes blood vessels of feet to expand increasing blood flow, which aids the body’s cooling mechanism.

Number 4 is what really caught my attention. I have experienced manyocassions when babies are ready for sleep but just aren’t comfortable.   After adjusting everything such as suggested in the above article such as food, light, and temperature,  I would just suggest to hold their feet and the warmth from your hands would soothe them.   You also could put on a pair of socks, or the great p.j.’s with feet. 

 Now you have your baby without worries and now you too, can fall asleep.  

Don’t forget your Napcap for controlling the light and the distractions at sleep time!

Looking into Mother’s eyes.

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Did you know that one of the most exciting and stimulating things for your baby is having eye contact with you!  Animated or prolonged eye contact is something they just love.  And of course, you do too.  But it really is the last thing you want to do before bedtime because it excites them.  So, remember to avert your eyes when your are putting him to sleep or calming him if he stirs.  Or, better yet, use Baby NapCap.  Wearing NapCap and owering the NapCap veil shuts out the light, distractions, and your eyes, so your little love can relax and fall to sleep.  He is comforted by your touch and smell as you hold him and rock him to sleep.

Alternative to baby slings – NapCap

Monday, March 29th, 2010

We recently have been hearing about the recall of more than 1 million baby slings.  It has been disturbing particularly because one of the companies is in our county of San Diego.  I know many, many mothers who have really appreciated having a sling handy at times and are sorry that this has happened.  I know my daughter realized early that the darken area that the sling provided was helpful in calming a fussy baby.  The darkness feature was one of the factors involved in my process of inventing Baby NapCap.  However, even though we used a sling, we were both concerned about the baby’s breathing and even possibility overheating the baby.  When inventing NapCap, I was careful in my design stage to make sure our fabric was of light weight and shaped so as not to cover the nose.  I also choose the fabric of the eye veil carefully so it would have the property of floating over the eyes, not touching or inhibiting them.  So today I am more than pleased that perhaps NapCap can offer mothers a safe alternative solution and choice of products to help calm and relax their babies.  NapCap helps mothers help their babies to sleep.

For your information and education, I have included quotes from parts of an article that appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, on March 25, 2010, by staff writer Onell R. Soto.  “A San Diego maker of baby products recalled more than 1 million baby slings yesterday at the request of federal regulators who linked them to three suffocation deaths.”  “A baby can suffocate within a minute or two if the fabric blocks the mouth and nose, or if the airway is restricted when the baby slips into a curled position with the chin on the chest and crying for help is impossible.”  “The slings wrap around the chest so on-the-go parents can carry their babies or stay close as they bond with their infants.  Earlier this month, the safety commission issued a broad warning about sling-style baby carriers, stating they pose a potential suffocation risk to infants, especially babies under 4 months.  Babies who had a low birth weight, were born prematurely or had breathing problems, such as colds, also were at risk.”  “Slings have been promoted by baby experts as a way to calm fussy babies or for nursing mothers who can breast-feed their infants in the sling.”  “Baby experts and breast-feeding advocates insisted not all slings are dangerous.  They said carriers that keep a newborn baby solidly against the mother’s body, in an upright position, are safe.  There are no federal safety rules for baby slings.”

Naptime and Bedtime Rituals

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Experts agree that the best way to help your child make the transition from play to nap, and bedtime to sleep, is to establish a calming, consistent ritual.  You can start putting together a bedtime routine when your baby is as young as 6 or 8 weeks old.  The routine will be working very well as the baby gets a little older and the consistent use of the routine become habit for her and you.  Your ritual can include any of the following or a combination of these effective choices:  giving your baby a bath, cuddling, changing into sleeping clothes, reading a bedtime story or two, singing a lullaby, giving her a kiss good afternoon or night, and now available,… using the NapCap to promote sleeping.  Whatever routine works for your family is fine, as long as you do it in the same order and at the same time every night.  Setting and sticking to a consistent nap and bedtime, on weekdays and weekends alike, is the answer to establishing good sleep habits.  Keep in mind, the more you use NapCap for your baby, the more she will learn that NapCap means Nap Time.

Sleep Advice

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Mother’s are  looking for sources of advice on how to help their babies sleep well. The following quote was found in Times Magazine, Oct. 2009. It may be helpful so it is shared here for you. Babies need to learn to relax. Tired babies really just need to find a way to shut down. Hopefully, NapCap will be an easy aid for babies and come in very handy for mother’s on the go.

Time Magazine’s quote:   ”When a baby has repeated problems falling asleep, Mom and Dad may need to show some tough love. Lingering with cranky babies too long or bringing them into the parents’ bedroom can make them likelier to become poor sleepers, according to psychologist Jodi Mindell, who gathered data on nearly 30,000 kids up to 3 years old in 17 countries. “If you’re rocked to sleep, nursed to sleep, fed to sleep at bedtime, you’re going to need that every time you wake up,” she notes. Her advice: have children fall asleep 3 ft. away. “If they’re slightly separated, they sleep much better,” she says.”