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!
Archive for August, 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!