Most parents are always challenged when it comes to making their baby sleep throughout the entire night. The truth of the matter is, we have to be realistic because babies, and especially newborns have not yet established a sleep pattern and neither can they be able to differentiate between day and night.
How long should your baby sleep?
Research reveals that a newborn baby should sleep for at least 16-18 hours. This essentially means that during the day, a one-week old baby should nap at least 4 times and spend at least 8 hours asleep in the night.
Pediatricians recommend that babies, who are at least 2 weeks to 2 months, ought to sleep for at least 8 to 10 hours on average at night and about 7 hours during the day. The infant should nap at least 3 to 4 times during the day.
From the 3rd months, a baby should sleep for at least 15 hours on average. During the night, a 3 months old baby needs at least 10 hours of sleep and during the day at least take 3 naps that will total 3 to 5 hours.
The quality of your baby’s sleep is dependent on a number of determinant factors.
In order to make sure that your baby gets all the sleep that she requires, it is very important to make sure that the baby is properly fed at regular intervals. Most doctors recommend that an infant ought to feed after every two hours.
Make the environment conducive
For the baby to lull to sleep, you also need to create an environment that is conducive to hasten the sleeping process. This could be dimming the lights or putting on the lights, reducing noise. A tranquil and peaceful environment will enable the baby to sleep peacefully.
Keeping them safe
The safety of the baby is paramount. Taking precautionary measures to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is very important. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), you can prevent the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by always ensuring that the baby is placed on its back. This will greatly reduce the probability of the baby suffocating.
How do you ensure that the baby sleeps safely on the baby?
Babies are easily soothed by the rhythmic movement that slowly rocks the baby to sleep. It is not cast in stone on the number of minutes or hours that a baby should spend on the small baby swing. However, the following are some of the measures that you can take to make sure that the baby is safe while sleeping on a swing.
Never leave the baby unattended on a swing
Swings are never meant to be the place where a baby should sleep for long. You should never your baby unattended while sleeping on the swing. This is because swings are not safe and neither are they meant for sleeping. Once the baby falls asleep, carry them gently to their crib and turn off the swing.
Avoid padding swing
As a safety measure, never pad the baby swing with too many baby blankets and soft pillows. This will reduce the chance of the baby suffocating or succumbing to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Ensure the baby is well-strapped.
After placing the baby on the swing, always make sure that the straps are well fastened to prevent the baby from falling of the swing while it’s in motion. Make sure that the swing is in reclined position if the baby can still not hold her head up properly.
Switch off the swing after-use.
Never leave the switch on if it is not in use. Remember to turn it off immediately the baby falls asleep. In conclusion, baby swings also have instruction manuals, always take time to read through the manual and get to know of the precautionary measures that the manufacturer recommends as well. The above measures will serve as guidelines to ensure that your baby sleeps safely on the swing and will also help to lower the risk of them succumbing to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) which is more likely to occur when the baby falls out the swing or the suffocate or have difficulty in breathing. As the old saying goes, it is better safe than sorry.