Some babies get upset when they’re swaddled and this discourages parents from using the swaddle.
Swaddling alone isn’t mean to calm your baby but it’s the first of five steps to get a calmed baby. Dr. Harvey Karp discovered that if done in the correct order these 5 S’s can turn on a baby’s calming reflex.
1️⃣ Swaddle. Arms down, swaddle tight. It’s really hard to swaddle too tight. Most swaddles are made with stretchy and light weight material. If you can still fit your hand in between the swaddle and the baby’s chest it’s not too tight.
2️⃣ Side. After swaddling your baby put them in your arms on their side or their stomachs.
3️⃣ Sway or jiggle them side-to-side. Babies love the jiggling motion as it re-creates the constant movement they felt in the womb.
4️⃣ Shush your baby. You can either use a white noise machine or your voice but you’ll want to make sure your shushing is loud. Keep your mouth about 6 inches from the baby’s ear while you shush. Don’t worry about damaging the baby’s hearing. Babies are born with a protective layer over their eardrums so what we hear clearly is muffled to them.
5️⃣ Suck on a pacifier or a finger. Sucking is the most powerful thing a baby can do to turn on their ‘calming reflex’.
🔹This may take several minutes before your baby calms down
🔹It may take 5-10 attempts before your baby starts responding. Each time you do it the easier it is for your baby to catch on.
Raise your hand if you like to party at 3am!
Did you know that many babies are born thinking days are for sleeping 😴 and nights are for partying? 🎉
It's TRUE! Days and nights are not regulated in those early weeks.
So what's a new mama to do to help a newborn learn the difference between days and nights??
Our best tip:
Use LIGHT and DARKNESS!
➡️️When it’s daytime and you want your baby to be awake- throw open those curtains and switch on the lights. Try to get your little one outside for a bit if the weather allows. We want everything to say to your baby: "It's daytime: time to be awake, interact, and play."
➕Please know: this does NOT mean that naptime needs to be bright. Feel free to make it dark for naps.
➡️️When it's time for bed at night, dim the lights during your bedtime routine. Then, keep your baby's sleep environment as dark as possible all night long. This is a cue to your baby that nights are for sleeping.
➕Turn off those night lights while sleeping!
During night feedings, try to maintain the lowest light that is safe.
*️⃣Expert tip: Trade out the light bulb in your night stand for a red bulb so you can see without turning on bright lights.
Getting days and nights straight is a huge step in helping your baby set up healthy sleep! For more, check out the newborn class "Will I Ever Sleep Again?" This class, designed for expectant parents and those with babies 12 weeks and younger, will give you the tools you need to set your baby up for sleep success. No crying! No rigid schedules! Breastfeeding friendly. (Link in bio) I can help you LOVE the newborn stage! ❤️️
Any mamas out there who saw this mixed-up baby schedule? How long did it take your babies to get days and nights straight? Tag an expectant or new parent. They will thank you.
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