Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Adapt to Baby Sleep - Part II

This post continue from Baby Sleep Adaptation - Part I.

Moving forward, below is the step by step guide to get newborn baby to adapt to the 24-hour system and sleep better:
1) Exposure to light and darkness
Expose baby to lights when sun rises, and minimize light exposure during nighttime especially close to sleeping time. This allows baby to sync to the 24 hour clock system.

2) Ensure baby are comfortable - Check Diapers
Check diapers before sleep as to ensure diapers are dry or change in regular time. This is to prevent infections that subsequently cause baby to be uncomfortable with skin irritation or pain.

3) Ensure baby are comfortable - Check Room Temperatures and Humidity
Ensure room temperature are around 21 Celsius with humidity. Dry air can cause stuffy nose. High humidity can cause allergy-type molds. An air-con/heater and humidifier can helps maintain a consistent nice temperature and humidity in the sleeping room.

4) Ensure baby are comfortable - Check Nose Block
Check whether there are runny nose or baby mouth is mouth to breath. If yes, use nasal aspirator to clean the baby nose as to clear the nasal passage way. An air-filter would be great to minimize dust around the room as to ensure a consistent minimal dust in the sleeping room.

5) Ensure baby are comfortable - Check Baby Temperature
Do check baby body temperature as to ensure baby body are doing good before sleep.

6) Ensure baby are comfortable - Check Sleepwear
Check whether there are small rashes around baby skin or baby cries when wearing the sleepwear. This could be due to the detergent, fabric softener, newly bought cloths or polyester cloths.
If suspect detergent and fabric softeners, then get a mild type that is meant for baby cloths.
If suspect newly bought cloths, then wash a few times.
If suspect polyester cloths, then get 100% cotton sleepwear.

7) Ensure baby are comfortable - Feed Baby Before Sleep
A hungry baby is an angry baby. So it's best to feed baby before sleep.
- Breast milk that are expressed at night contains nucleotides (5'AMP, 5'GMP, 5'UMP) that are linked to sleepiness. Therefore it's best to feed baby with breast milk that are expressed during night time.

8) Avoid stimulation before bedtime
It's recommended to make the last 2-3 hours before bedtime as quiet and calm. And avoid any physical exercise or other forms of excitement that can keep baby alert. Baby may tend to cry in the middle of the night if there are too much stimulation especially approaching bed time.
Below video is an example of stimulation to the baby:

9) Massage Baby
Give baby a nice massage as to relax the muscle and preferably massage baby after bath.

Or do a colic massage:

10) Sleep Aid
Use sleeping aid when baby is about to go to sleep. An example of sleeping aid are pacifier, soft toys and blanket.
Warning: Avoid many soft toys and blanket as to prevent SIDS

11) Be Consistent on Sleep Routine
The reason to be consistent on the sleep routine is to indirectly guide newborn baby to sleep on consistent timing. This would be a win-win situation for both parents and baby sleep requirement. It won't be perfect in the initial plan sleep routine, but we can fine-tune the sleep routine from time to time. Below is an example guide and be flexible to fine-tune the sleep routine:


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