Archive for July, 2012

Airport Travel?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Think about having NapCap handy for your baby on your next trip through the airport circus. Adults can shut out things and put themselves into neutral because of years of practice, but our little ones have no idea how to cope with all the strange sights, movements, and interference. Help them by having NapCap in your diaper bag so they can shut out the distractions and relax and even nap during the hectic travel. Just put on NapCap and lower the veil to float over the eyes above the nose and “turn out the lights”.

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.