How to Get a Restful Night’s Sleep with a Brand New Baby
By Kathleen Tomes, President of Brilliant Products Intl.
More babies are born in August than any other month of the year. Experts attribute this end of summer baby boom to the year before when cold winter temperatures naturally kept people inside. Then voila! Nine months later, a baby is born.
Of all the challenges for these new moms and dads, bedtime can be the hardest. Especially in those early weeks. Everyone is tired. Mom, dad, siblings… even baby… and if baby doesn’t want to sleep, it’s difficult on everyone. Not only at night, but during the daytime too. Simple everyday tasks take longer than they should, meals become a blur and nerves become frayed.
So what can new moms and dads do to set themselves and their little one on the road to sleeping success?
Monica Dohrman, a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Desert Canyon Pediatrics in Phoenix, Arizona, has some great advice for new parents when it comes to everyone getting a good night’s sleep.
First, she says create a bedtime routine that’s calming. Dohrman uses the five B’s as an example:
Brush (Teeth or gums)
She says that’s just an example of a routine she recommends to her patients. “Your routine may look different. The important thing is that you stick with it. That way your baby knows what to expect and won’t be overstimulated before bed.”
We had a snuggling routine before bed to calm the children when they were babies. Every night was the same routine and a snuggling routine in the morning. We started the same way we finished the day.
Another no no when it comes to overstimulation? No screen time before bed.
When it comes to noise levels, Dohrman says don’t worry about keeping the house quiet. “Babies don’t like complete silence. They’re used to all of the sounds they heard while in mommy’s tummy. White noise can help create these sounds and relax baby for bedtime.”
Dohrman is also a big proponent of swaddling. “Babies are used to the confined environment of the womb. Swaddling babies helps them feel safe and secure and allows them to relax for bedtime.” She goes on to say that newborns have an immature nervous system and they can often startle themselves awake.
The startle reflex also known as the Moro reflex is when baby brings his arms up and then back together, but it’s just enough to wake them up. This reflex is normal but frustrating for parents just laying their sleeping baby down. Dohrman says that’s where swaddling can work wonders. “Swaddling can help prevent this innate reflex from waking babies less than 3 months old.”
So what’s the best way to swaddle?
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What makes it so easy is the simple design. There are no buttons, straps, Velcro, knots or zippers. Here’s how the Miracle Blanket® works:
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Brilliant Baby Products was founded by Kathleen Tomes, a successful entrepreneur and mother of adorable toddler twins, Brilliant Baby Products embodies Kathleen’s personal quest for parenting-made-easier. As a mom, Kathleen has found that certain mommy-must-have products not only granted her the gift of time, but also increased her enjoyment of her earliest, most tender moments with her children. As an entrepreneur who made her first million by the time she was 28 years old, Kathleen has applied her sales and media savvy to Brilliant Baby Products– a full service sales, packaging, and media resource for baby product inventors and makers.
Prior to founding Brilliant Baby Products, Kathleen spent 13 years serving the sales and marketing needs of consumer brands and retailers, including Canon, Epson, Hasbro Toys, Mattel, Gillette, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Costco, Staples, Target, Pea in the Pod. This experience gave her the consumer product and retail industry insight to establish a highly successful one-stop sales, packaging, and media resource focused on baby products, an industry for which she has a personal passion.