How to Take Care of Your Baby's Health [NOOK Book]


5 Baby Sleep Tips
One of the most difficult things for new parents to deal with is a newborn's sleeping habits. Most
of us are familiar with the circles around the eyes of new parents and their complaints about
lack of sleep. Here are 5 baby sleep tips, which will ...
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How to Take Care of Your Baby's Health

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5 Baby Sleep Tips
One of the most difficult things for new parents to deal with is a newborn's sleeping habits. Most
of us are familiar with the circles around the eyes of new parents and their complaints about
lack of sleep. Here are 5 baby sleep tips, which will hopefully help both your newborn - and you
- to get a solid night's rest.
Develop and Stick to a Routine
One of the most important things you can do in terms of getting your newborn to sleep better is
to establish a routine, and to stick to it. The more regular your baby's sleeping hours are, the
more likely he or she will be able to sleep solidly throughout the night.
As soon as possible, try and establish a sleeping pattern with your newborn that mimics the one
in the rest of the household - in other words, one in which most of the sleeping is done at night.
If you find that your newborn is sleeping-in because of being up late at night, rouse him or her at
the time when you normally get up. By doing this it's more likely that your newborn will be tired
and sleep in the evenings.
On a general level, there will be no way to avoid the fact that your baby's sleeping habits are
going to be irregular, and there are, of course, going to be times when the baby simply wants to
be awake when the rest of the family wants to be asleep. Over time, however, your newborn will
begin to adjust to your family's regular sleeping habits if you instill in him or her at an early age a
sense of routine.
A baby, particularly when he or she is very young, is heavily influenced by these routines. As
much as possible, you should resist the temptation to let the newborn arrange his or her
sleeping habits. The baby, of course, will want to sleep a lot -- which is fine -- but don't let the
baby sleep too late into the morning. By establishing a routine with your baby from a young age
you will ensure that the transition into more regular sleeping habits is both a quicker and
smoother one.

How To Take Care Of Your Baby’s Health
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Let Your Baby Nap In A Brightly Lit Room
Although it seems somewhat counter-intuitive, ensure that when your baby naps, he or she
does so in a well lit area. This will likely ensure that your baby naps for shorter periods of time,
which will make him more tired in the evening hours, and help him sleep better at night.
The reason letting your baby nap in a brightly lit room is a good idea is that it strikes a delicate
balance for the parent: it allows you to influence your baby's sleep habits without too much
direct interference. The problem is that nobody likes to rouse their baby while he is sleeping -- in
fact you're probably enjoying the peace when he is - and yet at the same time you want to try
and prevent him from sleeping throughout the day and bothering you at night. By letting your
baby sleep in a well lit room you encourage shorter naps without actually having to go through
the unpleasant experience of physically waking your child.
In keeping with this idea, try not to encourage long or extensive napping. Many parents, when
they see their baby fall asleep during the day, will do everything they perceive as needed for
their child's comfort. This is natural, of course, but often extends to drawing the curtains and
turning out the lights in the room. By doing this you are ensuring that your child will nap for a
long time, and can count on him or her being awake repeatedly throughout the night.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014149471
  • Publisher: Dawn Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/3/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

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