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Crying And Sleeping

Your baby will bring out parental instincts that will guide you automatically to many of the right responses. Almost as soon your baby is born.

Responding to your baby's cry:

Crying gives your baby a way to call for help when he is hungry or uncomfortable. You may notice that your baby has fussy periods throughout the day, even though he is not hungry, uncomfortable or tired. This kind of fussy crying seems to help babies get rid of excess energy so they can return to a more calm state
Pay close attention to your baby's different cries, you will soon be able to identify his specific needs by the way he cries, for example:

  1. hungry cry is usually short, and it rises and falls
  2. angry cry tends to be more turbulent
  3. cry of pain generally comes on suddenly and loudly with a long shriek followed by a long pause and then a wail

Helping your baby to sleep:

Initially, your baby doesn't know the difference between day and night. You can teach your baby that nighttime is for sleeping and daytime for playing. Do this by keeping nighttime feeding as subdued as possible. Don't turn up the lights or prolong late-night diaper changes. If he is napping longer than 3 to 4 hours in the late afternoon, wake him up and play with him.
The back is the safest position for baby's sleep throughout the first year of life. You also can place your baby on his side to sleep and alternate from one side to the another.

Keep the temperature in your baby's room comfortable and don't place him near air-conditioning or heating vents.

Use sleep clothing with no other covering as alternative to blankets. If you use a thin blanket, tuck it in around the crib mattress, reaching only as far as your baby's chest to reduce the risk of getting his face covered by the blanket.

How would you make your baby sleep all night?!

All moms and dads wish that their babies will sleep all night, but in most cases babies don't!

Here are some useful tips that might help you get your baby to sleep…

  • Pay attention to the signs, your baby may scratch his eyes, cry or yaw, all of these are "time to sleep" signs

  • Don't wake up your baby if he slept in the car seat; just remove the car seat with the baby in it, as moving your baby may wake him up.

  • Don't panic, babies sleep for long hours, the average is to sleep 16 hours per day when they are born, and at the age of 6 months babies sleep at night in addition to 3-4 naps in the day time, and at the age of 1 year your baby can sleep 11 hours at night with 1-2 naps in the day time.

  • It is normal for your baby to feel sleepy after feeding, that’s why you should separate feeding from sleeping even by few minutes, by playing with him or changing his diapers so that feeding will not be always connected to sleep.

  • Keep a routine schedule for your baby sleeping hours, and put him in his bed so he can get used to the fact, that bed is where he sleeps.

  • Don't panic!!! sneezing, hiccups and sighs are all normal sounds for sleeping babies, wait a minute before you rush to hold your baby and wake him up.

Publish Date: 18/08/2011
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