We've all been there. The time comes for your kids to go to sleep, yet they still have the amount of energy you did after your first coffee at 7 AM. And well... you know the rest.
Okay, so in order to help aid this situation we must first understand how much sleep your kids may need. According to National Sleep Foundation newborns may need about 14-19 hours of sleep over a 24 hour period.
It is recommend to room share (have your baby sleep in the same room as you) during the first few weeks of an infant's life. However, sharing the same bed with your infant baby is not. According to the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), bed-sharing with your infant child can even cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
In order to keep your baby sleeping safely and healthy it is suggested to:
- Place your baby on their back to sleep
- Use a firm surface for sleeping
- Keep the crib in which they sleep empty
- Avoid overheating them during sleep (too many blankets which may cause heat)
- Keep them away from smokers
- Put your baby to sleep with a pacifier
Alternatively be aware of things like baby beds (Such as our Safe Portable baby Bed) or rockers which can also help you little one fall asleep faster. However results with these type of items may vary from child to child.
One last thing is to also allow your infant to begin to understand the difference between night time (sleep time) and day time (awake time). This can be done slightly over time by allowing your baby to sleep during the night, and in their crib. That means avoiding any night-feedings, cuddling, and also keeping the light/noise level down during night time.
Cuddling/Spoiling your fussy baby sleep is also perfectly fine and is recommended during their very first months of your infant's life. A baby who is carried more during the day can, in fact, actually be less fussy colic (a condition in which an infant may cry for more than 3 hours a day).
And like that, following these simple yet effective tricks can have you well one your way to a less annoying, happy and healthy infant. And as always, if you have any serious questions about your baby's sleep, talk with your doctor to see any specific needs your little one may have.