Mothers have a daunting task of managing the baby. They continuously learn from their experiences. Here are some tips for mothers.
My baby gets up when I try to put her down! Am I doing something wrong?
Imagine this scenario. Your arms are aching after rocking your wailing infant for what seems like hours, your feet hurt from pacing up and down, your voice is hoarse from singing lullabies. Your baby has finally settled down into a deep slumber. You put her down in her cot. A second later she is restless again and in a minute the wailing has resumed.
How do I keep my sleeping baby from waking up when I put her down?
All mothers go through this nightmare. There are various ways of coping. Wait a good ten minutes after she is deeply asleep before you put her down. Use a higher mattress on the baby cot so that it is easier to transfer the baby from your arms to the cot without disturbing her. Her bed should be made in advance and ensure that the sheets are warm. Cold sheets are uncomfortable and are bound to wake her up. Feed or rock your baby as close to her cot as possible.
If you are seated, sit in a chair that is easy to get out of. Remember that the baby finds being in your arms a great comfort. If you put her down suddenly and leave her, she feels bereft of contact with you and will begin crying. Keep your hands on her for a little while after you put her down and pat her occasionally if she seems restless.
What is the role of sleep in the growth and development of a baby?
Since sleep is as important as good diet and play, we at no point of time can undermine its importance, especially when it comes to the babies. Here we have listed the importance of healthy sleep for babies. Have a quick look at some helpful information.
The amount of sleep
The amount of sleep your little one gets determines her growth, development and functionality. However, the amount of sleep that your little one needs shall change with age. You also need to keep in mind that every single child is unique and shall have her own habits.
The quality of sleep
Uninterrupted, good quality sleep shall ensure your baby passes through all stages of sleep. If you think of the sleep quality, it is as important as the amount of sleep she enjoys. Good quality sleep has positive effects on her nervous system.
Naps during the day hours are essential for your little one to regain her vigour and vitality. However, you cannot expect the naps to be as long and deep as the night's sleep. In fact naps have different roles in different parts of the day. Naps are a way of establishing coordination with the biological rhythms of your baby.
Importance of good sleep
Naps are said to have a restorative effect and ensures your baby does not get too stressed or tired. It is always a good idea to set a routine pattern for sleep, food, play or bath. This way she shall know what to expect next.
What are the effects of disturbed sleep on the baby?
A baby who does not sleep well at night shall appear cranky in the morning too. Babies with sleep disturbances are known to be less alert mentally and find it difficult to concentrate on an activity for long. Apart from this, they are also known to get hyperactive, lazy or impulsive.
For a mother it is highly essential to understand the effects of chronic sleep disorder. Sleeplessness in the long run shall have cumulative effects and she shall appear disturbed even by small changes. Some of the effects of chronic sleep disorder are discussed below:
Stress and fatigue
Sleep deprivation even for some time can result in fatigue in babies. Make sure she is not stimulated too much before sleep. A calm and quite atmosphere shall help her fall asleep better. Too much of adrenaline secretion can make her hyper active and she shall get fussy, irritated and appear cranky. A well-rested child on the other hand shall appear in good health, mood and it shall also have significant impact on her functional developments.
Your role as a parent
A mother needs to be more sensitive and take care of the sleep needs of a little one. Just as you bother about her safety, you should also make it a point she gets the right environment for sleep. You as a mother are primarily responsible for instilling the good sleep habits. It is important that you inculcate the habit of good sleep from the very tender age. This way you shall find her happier, healthier and more sociable. Last but not the least; do take care of your sleep needs as well. Do ensure you too enjoy good sleep when your baby is asleep.
In case you find it difficult for her to sleep without you when placed in the bed, you can also have a talk with your doctor. He might be able to help with some valuable tips.
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- The Indiaparenting Team