No one said it better than Tizzie Hall when she wrote “SAVE OUR SLEEP” a parent’s guide towards happy sleeping babies. There is not a poor mother out there that I haven’t met yet, that hasn’t complained at one time or another that they are sleep deprived! To leaving babies sleeping on your chest (apparently a no no but we all love that feeling right), to pacifiers, mobiles, music, clothing and swaddles parents will try just about anything to get their precious bundles to sleep. And let’s not remind ourselves of the numerous times we tried the shhhh shhhh approach, stealthily walking backwards out of the nursery, cursing at those creaking floorboards!
Here are a few tips and tricks we think can help you along the way, but as we all know babies are individual and some things may or may not work for you, though it doesn’t hurt to give them a try,,,we know,,,we tried everything!!!
SOCKS AND BOOTIES
Trick number 1, for any outfit that doesn’t have feet socks or booties are a great and simply way to keep babies feet warm.
NO HATS OR HEADWEAR
Due to the potential of your baby becoming overheated or headwear moving whilst baby is sleeping and blocking their breathing passages, it is not recommended that you allow your baby to sleep with it on (increasing the risk of SIDs)
If your home has ducted air conditioning then a good temperature to set it at is 20 degrees celsius. Remember, overheating or letting baby get cold can also increase the risk of SIDS. Remember baby’s hands and feet can feel colder than the rest of their bodies, so don’t judge their temperature by feeling them. Best to check the tummy or back of the neck. Mittens and socks are a great way to warm the hands and feet, don’t just go to adding extra bedding.
Babies love to be swaddled and feel like they are still cocooned in the womb. In sharing what we know and have used and found successful, Miss Kelsey Lee has slept in her ergoPouch sleep attire since she was knee high to a grasshopper, along with safe and smart sleep practices – she really has become a routine and fantastic sleeper.
ergoPouch make a variety of Swaddle and Sleep bags that are designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from. Here is an example of a few:
Cocoon ‘no origami’ baby Swaddle + Sleep Bags – The simple zip up design will keep baby snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping. Made from a natural fibre Organic Cotton for maximum breathability and comfort, there are three different tog weights so there is an ergoPouch Cocoon to suit any season.
For those bubs that like a little more freedom or are ready to transition out of a swaddle, the Cocoon has patented poppers in the armholes that can be used to convert from a swaddle to a sleeping bag and therefore can be used until 12 months of age. The Cocoon range is ergonomically designed with a bell shaped bottom, which provides extra leg room for healthy hips.
ergoPouch Sleep Suit Bag
Awarded the Most Popular Sleep Bag in Australia 2016 and sold out across the country last winter! These Sleep Suit Bags are so popular because now your baby can sleep anywhere converting from a sleeping bag to a sleep suit with legs – making the transition from cot to pram or car an easy one. It’s also a perfect choice for older babies and toddlers who like freedom of movement, with grip pads on the feet for little walkers. The Sleep Suit Bag is made from a skin-friendly organic cotton outer layer and is the only Sleep Suit with a breathable cotton & bamboo inner.
Also as an added bonus, each ergoPouch comes with a handy Room Thermometer and What to Wear Guide to take the guesswork out of dressing your baby for sleep.
Remember a sleeping bag can be used with cotton or bamboo blankets if necessary depending on where you live and how warm/humid the babies nursery is.
And then fingers crossed,,,,,breathe and pray,,,,that it all works and your baby falls into a deep and wonderful sleep and you can finally put your feet up for the night, until it starts again tomorrow.
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