How many of you have heard about or considered the, the family bed. It sounds good right? Having the baby so near you can nurse without having to get out of bed throughout the night and thus get more sleep. Sleep glorious sleep. It doesn’t take long to become quite sleep deprived and baby will be too! They can wake as little 45 minutes to nurse and when that happens, you wake up too. Another decision to make is about babywearing or attachment parenting. It is a great solution for getting close, bonding, and getting baby to take that little nap a poo. It also helps you to be more mobile. Carriers are WAY easier than strollers. If you have a baby with colic, creating rhythm is crucial.
Here are some of our favorite books on sleep for baby including The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley and Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth. It is up to you to come up with a loving and doable program that works for your family.
Getting your baby on to a regular nap and night time sleep schedule will really helped and will give you more free time. AND baby having her own bed will help her sleep longer hours without the distractions of your boobs 6 inches from her head.
Committing to this you may find that your baby actually yearns for her nap and early bed time routine.
Now, that being said every child has their own set of personality traits and needs so there is no one size fits all. If the family bed is a safe place for your baby that works for everyone then by all means continue it. If your baby sleeps better in the car for his naps then continue that but what we believe is that creating consistency for your baby throughout the day makes them feel safe and helps them thrive. Create a nap and bed time ritual, start with a warm bath and maybe a massage or give them a special soothing blanket when they sleep. Help your baby create a healthy sleep rhythm that will stay with her the rest of his life.
**REMINDER – Pregnancy Awareness Month’s blog post is for moms and expectant parents by moms (and of course some experts sprinkled in – and some mom’s are licensed board certified experts!). HOWEVER, we are not giving blanket ADVICE on what you should be doing, eating, how you should be exercising, parenting, etc. These are opinions, food for thought….think about it all, talk with your mate, and when it comes to diet, exercise, birthing options, and any health questions, ALWAYS discuss and seek advice from your medical health provider.