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Co-sleeping, room sharing or nursery? What should you be doing?

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Co-sleeping, room sharing or nursery? What should you be doing?

Posted on 04 October 2015 by Kristrun

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Co-sleeping

To be very honest there is no way to fully prepare yourself for sleeping when it comes to the first months and years of parenthood. There is no point in trying to understand it too much, you simply need to deal with what happens – that’s the brutal truth!

However, you can educate yourself by becoming aware of the different options available to you as a family. Many of our new parents have never actually seen more than one form of sleeping arrangement whilst others are fortunate enough to have experience of seeing how different families deal with different babies. They therefore understand beforehand how thinking out of the box and being creative sometimes becomes very important once you enter the various stages of parenthood.

Those that are only aware of the one traditional sleeping arrangement likely will have learned this from movies and TV shows. We often hear our couples talking about “getting the Nursery ready” and this is certainly a lovely thing to do together. By the time the baby arrives, a beautiful room has been prepared complete with cot, changing table, feeding chair and beautiful toys and accessories. The expectant Mum has images of going to her hungry baby at night after hearing his cries on the baby-monitor, lifting him from the cot and then sitting to feed in the rocking chair, before gently placing him, peaceful and satisfied, back in his cot.

It can subsequently cause much stress if the realities of night feeds, an unsettled baby and sleep deprivation make this arrangement seem impossible. But if you have never seen or heard about any other options, what do you do?

Let’s draw up a picture of the most common sleeping arrangements. We are assuming our new parents are aware of safe sleeping practises and don’t abuse drugs or alcohol, always make sure the baby is not overheated, do not fill baby’s cot or basket full of unnecessary accessories etc.

Co-sleeping

Full blown co-sleeping is when you keep your baby in your bed most of the time. The baby might have their own bed in the same bedroom and then it is normally very close to the parents’ bed. You will either keep the bed up against the wall and the baby between the mom and the wall – or between both parents. It’s recommended the baby is kept close to the top of the bed to avoid the baby becoming overheated or covered by parents’ blankets or bodies. Bed sharing cots are available which create a designated space for the baby. Others simply share the same bed.If you sleep with your partner you might need check out snorerx review to sleep well.

Mattress on the floor

Some may worry that baby may fall off the bed. Then you can get rid of the bed frame and just sleep together on your best mattress for back pain on the floor. Or with the baby basket or separate baby mattress between your mattress and the wall. More babies = bigger or more mattresses!

Baby cot within arms length from your bed

Still close-by but not sharing the same bed-space. This is great for those who want that closeness but struggle with the idea of baby in the same bed, or who find it difficult to sleep themselves beside their little wriggler/snorter!

Nursery

A separate, dedicated room for the baby, with a cot for sleeping in. Some may use a baby monitor to listen for signs of waking although often, in small Hong Kong apartments, this may be unnecessary. Some Mums profess to be able to hear the slightest whimper through several closed doors! Do what works for you.

We are not in the business of telling anyone what to do – every family must do what works for them. But we would just like our brand new Mums and Dads to be aware that one size does not fit all, and that there are other sleeping arrangements used by many families around the world.

Where babies are concerned, getting creative (always with safety in mind) and rolling with the punches may just bring you a few more hours of precious sleep. And that is only ever a good thing.

Sleep well

The Annerley Team

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Breastfeeding and Sleep

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Breastfeeding and Sleep

Posted on 10 November 2014 by Kristrun

Hi! (1)This is one of our most popular topics and every time Conchita gives this talk we have a full house! Dealing with reduced sleep yourself, whilst encouraging good sleep habits in your baby, can be one of the most challenging aspects of new motherhood. So what is the magic formula? Is there one? I asked Conchita for a few things to keep in mind when trying to understand what to expect when it comes to breastfeeding and sleep. If you need sleep have your partner take over for the night and get some comfortable ear plugs for sleeping, to block out noise. Your partner can bring the baby to you when she needs to nurse or you can pump before the night.

Facts
50% of all babies have night wakings until the age of 5. So review your expectations, you might want to play it by ear. Of course there are babies who can sleep through the night sooner, but most likely it will come in waves.

Babies are not born with the ability to distinguish between day and night. They just sleep when they are tired. Some are ‘worse’ than others.

Teething, dreaming, travels, coughs and colds will always affect a baby’s sleep and their sleeping routine can change overnight, sometimes with no obvious reason.

Long periods of ‘controlled crying’ associated with sleep or feeds will only create fear and confusion and should never be used for babies less than two months of age. “I hardly ever suggest controlled crying for young babies” Conchita says.

Solutions and suggestions
Start a bedtime routine very early on. Teach your baby that the bed is a safe place so don’t create any drama around the bed, bedtime and the bedroom. Make sure your baby feels safe and secure around the bedtime routine.

A bath before bedtime should be calm and short. A calm and cozy atmosphere along with regular routine will prepare a baby for a long nice sleep.

Feed more during the day, less at night. Always do demand feeding to being with. But not less than 3 hours between feeds during the day and 4 hours at night.

Use the first few weeks to get to know your baby. Let her know she is safe, build up trust and try to understand her needs.

Baby massage can help when babies are stressed or excited when they are about to go to bed.

Every baby is different, as are every mother and family. Embrace support and let someone guide you through the upcoming changes with sensible suggestions and advice to help you deal with it. Our midwives are available for home visits.

Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

 

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How swaddling helps baby sleep

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How swaddling helps baby sleep

Posted on 06 April 2013 by hulda

If you are looking for a way to help your very young baby sleep, then consider the ancient art of swaddling.

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The most famous person to be swaddled was of course baby Jesus, but swaddling has come a long way since those times when the baby was tightly bound with what were in a effect, bandages. Through the ages swaddling was seen as a way to help the baby’s limbs grow straight – the tighter the bind the better – and later associated with negligence as wet nurses used swaddling as an effective baby management tool. Fot these and other reasons, swaddling fell from favour in about the seventeenth century.

Benefits of swaddling

Today swaddling is regaining popularity because it does seem to work as a way to soothe very  young babies. The simplest explanation for why swaddling works is that babies are born with a jerk or startle reflex, the Moro reflex, where the baby’s arms jerk up. This can cause light sleepers to wake and start a round of crying. Instinctively we also are inclined to believe that the snugness replicates the womb and helps transition young babies into our big open world, which in itself must seem startling. Another benefit is associated with the risk of SIDS, where it is thought that babies that sleep on their back have less chance of suffering SIDS; a swaddled baby cannot roll and so parents can see this as a safety device.

And arguments against

Swaddle200pxThere are arguments against swaddling: done too tight and it might cause hip dysplasia; done too well or with the wrong fabric and the baby might overheat; done too loose and the blanket might cover the baby’s face and cause suffocation. There those that argue that it delays development. We believe that, when done properly, the benefits outweigh the risks, and generally babies will outgrow swaddling quite soon, and it certainly should not be applied after the baby starts to roll on its own accord (usually about three to four months).

Ready-made swaddling clothes

For the reasons above, commercially available ‘swaddling’ clothes are popular. Some are specially shaped blankets with velcro, others have little ‘bat wings’ for hold baby’s arms secure but without being too restrictive. Of course the fabrics are specially chosen to prevent overheating, and zippers mean that you don’t need to worry about the fabric covering the baby’s face or being too tight. Annerley stocks the Love To Swaddle range which you can buy either at the Annerley store online or at the centre.

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