The first few weeks at home with baby will certainly be an adjustment-a joyful one at that. But let’s admit, we alll know you’ll be throwing those extra pots of coffee on more than you would like. We found some pretty stellar A-Z tips & facts for much-needed sleep with you and your baby at Parenting.com.
A Is for Avoiding Eye Contact
“The last thing you want to do right before bed is excite your baby. Prolonged or animated eye contact with you is one of the most stimulating things for your little love. So, avert your eyes when you’re putting him to sleep or calming her when she wakes.”
B is for Bathtime
“Warm water, combined with soft, loving strokes with a washcloth, can relax just about anyone. Forgo the squirt toys, and keep voices and activity low to make bath time a soothing experience for your little one.”
C Is for Co-Sleeping
“Whether you’re for or against co-sleeping, studies show that children who co-sleep with their parents grow up with higher self-esteem and less anxiety. To co-sleep safely, place a co-sleeper or bassinet next to your bed. (The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend actually sharing a bed with your baby.)”
D Is for Dreamfeed
“If your baby is the type that wakes at night hungry, a dreamfeed might help. Coined by Robert Bucknam, M.D., in On Becoming Babywise, the term dreamfeed refers to a parent-directed, late-evening feeding. Instead of waiting for her to wake up hungry, feed your baby before you go to bed, while she is asleep. Some believe the extra feeding fills her belly just enough to earn a bit more uninterrupted sleep.”
Feel Free to share any tips or tricks that have worked for you and your baby. Read The Full Article at Parenting.com: 26 Baby Sleep Solutions – Parenting.com.