Every movement and startle during your baby’s sleep is a good enough reason to start worrying. Is your baby sleep? Is their sleep restful? Gladly the baby monitors on the market today assist you with that so that you can monitor every move. Your new family member represents a mystery that you need to solve on your own. The solution is often looked for in the wrong sources. This is how all kinds of myths and old fashioned ideas kick in. Most of them have 0% scientific research. Many others are not just worthless, but actually harmful. So, what should you know about your baby’s sleep? What are the most common myths regarding this aspect?
Gases and Hunger Interrupt the Sleep
As an adult, you wake up around 60 times a night. These moments are usually forgotten and unconscious. Babies are not able to calm themselves down and handle these moments. This is why they find it hard to fall asleep once they wake up. Just like adults, babies do not eat when they are hungry only. Instead, they need to be nursed and fed because this is the only way they know to fall sleep.
Rice and Cereals Can Extend the Sleep
Generally speaking, hunger is almost never a sleep related problem, especially after three months. This practice might actually prove to be dangerous, since babies are still not ready to digest cereals. Introducing them too early can lead to severe allergies. According to numerous studies, it seems that cereals will actually sleep less or not even fall asleep. It makes perfect sense why. Indigestion can kill the sleep. If you put your baby to bed with a full stomach, they will experience bloating sensations, while the sleep will be restless.
Try to feed the baby more during the afternoon and early in the evening. Nursing during the day can be a good starting point for an overnight sleep.
Babies Sleep as Much as They Need
It would be excellent! Unfortunately, it is not true. As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure that your baby sleeps as much as they need. Therefore, do not complain if your baby sleeps too little. It is usually caused by your negligence, so it is your fault. Babies are not used to sleep alone or fall asleep on their own, especially when something disturbs them. Learn what they need and act accordingly.
Some Babies do not Require any Sleep During the Day
Sleeping schedules vary from one baby to another. If someone else’s baby sleeps round the clock, it does not mean that yours has a problem. However, it is worth noting that most babies (especially the ones younger than one year) require a short nap at noon. Without this nap, chances are they will feel tired and nervous. At the same time, the overnight sleep will not be too restful.
Give your baby a nap at the same time everyday. Relaxing music might help in the process, but make sure that it is kept at a low volume. If the baby refuses to sleep, stay close to them or hold them in your arms. Sing or read something. Sooner or later, they will fall asleep. Therefore, the night sleep and the noon nap are independent one to another.
As a short final conclusion, it is highly recommended to discover the logical and scientific explanation behind every tip and trick you learn. Never take anything for granted. Decades ago, your parents and grandparents did not have access to so much information, not to mention the independent research studies. Times have changed, so a little education will work wonders in the long run. Keep in mind that it is tightly connected to your baby’s health too.