Sleep Guide for You and Your Baby

The lack of proper and adequate sleep can be very harmful for you and you baby. As per the various experts and their tips some advises from them can be a substitute for that lullaby. The happiness to watch your kid sleep peacefully is unparalleled. That kind of joy isn’t completely selfless.

Besides being important for your child, a requisite sleep can have a significant impact on you too. Most of the parents, new ones especially, will accept that irregular sleeping pattern can be very irritating and frustrating. A good and healthy sleep during the night hours can be very beneficial for your child and he can also enjoy the colorful and energetic morning that follows, though many therapists and medical practitioners have stated that the advantages of slumber can actually be more prominent and manifold.

Dr. Brijal Srivastava from Dr. L H Hiranandani’s Hospital said that “Sleep is like taking a small holiday on a daily basis. It helps in the development of the normal circadian rhythm, which is related to the hormonal changes in the body. It allows the body's various functions to run smoothly." The pediatrician further added that apart from the relaxation, body tends to heal and repair the damaged and broken tissue when we are sleeping. For example an infant’s brain tends to process and stores data and various information that it absorbs during the complete day, which in turns assist the child in learning and memory. Lack of sleep in children can adversely affect their immunity. In case your girl or boy is lacking a restful sleep during the night hours, your concerns will only be exacerbated with a list of its advantages. Few slight alterations in the approach of your parenting can possibly ensure a much peaceful and much cherished silent sleep during the night.

Not Just a Mama’s Boy

Sleep like various other activities for example forming proper sentences is a skill that is learned. Instead of depending on cooing, shushing or rocking a baby, he or she needs to identify it’s sleep independence. A UK based Gentle Sleep Coach, Kavitha Nair works with various different families to organize an individualized plan in steps that also considers the philosophy of the parents, the age of the child, treatment and health, well-being of a mother and other similar dynamics of the family. As per a subsequent plan there is a constant change in the bedtime and the routine of the entire night, so that the baby can learn to sleep on their own. But it is still important to make them feel confident about the presence of their parents around them.

Nair, who coaches various parents all over the world over Skype sessions, says that “When we wake up in the middle of the night, we know how to get back to sleep. Babies don't, not until we teach them. Most babies are often nursed, rocked, patted or walked to sleep. Therefore, when they wake up at night, they need these motions and gestures to go back to sleep. Their cry is a way of saying, `I am kind of awake, exhausted. I need to go back to sleep, but just don't know how to. So come back in, rock me or nurse me back to sleep.” She further added that once parents succeed in eliminating their negative associations which from over time, they will not need various sessions or therapist in order to sleep peacefully at night. Over the period of time, all children would need is to seek out for something that brings comfort so that they just doze off peacefully.

The gentle sleep methods by Nair centers on creating a face which is known by establishing a bed time routine which is soothing and calming that will assist the baby to wind down from an uneasy and alert state of mind to a soothing and sleepy one. Nair further explains “As the baby starts to unwind, they activate oxytocin and the sleep hormone melatonin that regulate the body's arousal system. In other words, their little bodies are ready for sleep." By sticking to the guidelines stated by Nair, mothers can hope to witness a prominent alteration in the patter of the sleep of their baby. As per various testimonials it was proved that babies tend to sleep for longer and uninterrupted hours instead of waking up every hour. Nair also warns that “Most babies are not ready for sleep coaching till after six months of being born. Their ability to self soothe is not fully developed by then. Trying to implement independent sleep skills too early can lead to negative outcomes and lots of frustration for the mother and her baby."

Nap like Clockwork

In infants, sleeplessness can be accounted for several factors including - the lack of a pacifier, cold and a cough, earaches, colic. In slightly elder children, sleeplessness can be caused by various other factors which can be more myriad and composite like - separation anxiety, darkness, insecure environment, school work, peer and family pressure, loud televisions, parental arguments and bad sleep habits. Irrespective of the cause, there are chances they thigh might create a mess the following morning and the following grogginess can be reflected as inattentiveness during the lecture hours. These are still the less harmful effects of this condition. Brijal Srivastava clearly warns that “The temper tantrums will affect their physical, mental and emotional growth. In the long run, it increases the chances of infections because of poor immunity, and that simple lack of sleep could also lead to anger, depression, risk-taking behavior, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, diabetes, stroke and hypertension in the future."

Various studies also reflect that lack of proper sleep can be directly correlated to starving or overeating. With a lot at stake, parents have support in advocating strict discipline. Swati Popat further explains that “Not sleeping is not an option. Parents should not leave it to kids to decide when to sleep. Fix a time for sleep (either 9 or 10pm) and form your schedule around it. Put in place a bedtime routine that involves `winding down' of the body and brain. This means that dinner must be had by 8:30pm, and no TV or computer screens should follow that meal. A warm bath, brushing teeth, wearing pyjamas would set the tone. A story or lullaby would help create the environment." Turning off, would apparently look like that appropriate recourse for parents and children alike.

Put your Baby To Sleep in only 42 Seconds.


The video on the famous media site Youtube called ‘How to put a baby in sleep in less than a minute’ by Nathan Dailo has been famous within parents. Dailo along with her wife simply make their wrapped infant lie on the bed and carefully brush a small piece of tissue over his face repeatedly. At the beginning the infant seems to squirm and wiggle but eventually falls asleep. The entire process takes just forty two seconds and the baby dozes off. Dalio also assures everyone who is watching the video that there wasn’t any chloroform used to shot the video.

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