The first weeks of a newborn, the baby sleeps an average of 17 to 18 hours a day.
This sleep is essential because it allows his brain to mature and his body to develop. It's actually during sleep that the body produces an optimum amount of growth hormone, essential for the normal growth rate in babies. It is also during these first weeks that the internal clock is set up.
If your baby’s bedtime is so important then they deserve the best comfort, warmth and safety during this time.
Good conditions for sleep
For a good sleep, a quiet and peaceful environment is essential. Be careful not to over excite the baby before putting him to bed.
It is very convenient to create a routine. Babies love bedtime rituals, they reassure them and give them confidence. For example, reading is a nice and calm activity to do before putting your baby and child to sleep. Both of you share an activity that is both relaxing and educational, in a quiet and calm environment. Read more about reading to your baby at our Literacy day article.
Staying calm and confidence as a mother or father, can also affect the quality of baby's sleep. It is important for parents to be aware that under this need for good sleep there are lots of biological and medical reasons. Feel secure that you are doing the best thing for your baby by putting them to sleep at appropriate time of the day. Doctors say that the best time for the baby to catch up with sleep is from 8 to 9 pm.
It is important that the child has not the impression that one gets rid of him hastily. However, do not expect him to be asleep before you leave the room. It is good to leave the room before the fall asleep. This way, they will learn to stay confidently in their bed alone and create a healthy relationship with their sleep time.
The ideal temperature of the room may vary from 24°C to 20°C. But the covering you use is not the same in summer or winter.
When the temperature is around 24°C, use only a sheet or a one layer sleeping bag (0.5 tog). If the temperature is around 21°C use a light sleeping bag (1 tog). With temperatures 18°C it is recommended to use a warmer sleeping bag (2.5 tog). (Tog is a way of rating the warmth of sleeping bags)
Why a Sleeping bag?
Doctors are now unanimous: making babies sleep on their backs reduces the risk of sudden infant death. Not only the sleeping position has been blamed for this scary syndrome. Pillows, bed sheets, duvets and blankets also have been blamed for the sudden infant death. Blankets and comforters are not recommended due to risk of suffocation.
Experts noted a decrease in sudden infant death syndrome since covers and blankets have been replaced by baby sleeping bags.
Sleeping bags are very popular with many parents nowadays. Used safely in Europe for over 25 years, the sleeping bag is ideal because it allows your baby to sleep safe and warm all night long. Its shape holds babies like a sleeveless pajama so that it prevents them from slipping down and get their heads covered. It is highly recommended until the age of 18 months.
It is advisable to use a sleeping bag designed for the size of the baby, allowing him to able to touch the edges of the sleeping bag with his body like in their mommy’s tummy! It still should be loose enough allowing some movement but your baby will not be able to kick it off and wake you up in the middle of the night because he or she feels cold.
The sleeping bag may help you when travelling. It will be something familiar that you can bring with you. It will make the hotel cot feel and smell like his own bed.
The UK Foundation of the Study of Infant Deaths (http://fsid.org.uk/ ) recommends using sleeping bags without hood and the right size around the neck so your baby won’t slip down inside the bag. It also advisable that you never use a sleeping bag with a quilt or duvet, as it will make your baby far too hot.
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