Parents, remember this dad who could get his baby to sleep quickly with just one word? The Internet is back with its latest “how to get baby to sleep fast” parenting hack – this time, by a very clever mommy.
Lauren Session, a 31-year old nurse and mom had her three-week-old niece A’mire in her care and was unable to get her to sleep.
Session, who also has a four-year-old daughter, tried everything to calm the newborn (whose mom was still in hospital following her birth).
After numerous sleepless nights, she finally remembered a method she used to put her own daughter to sleep when she was still a baby. She would often cradle her in the bathroom with running water as background noise.
A video was released of the auntie and her niece, showing the baby quietening down with the water noise before she falls asleep peacefully.
“I actually got some sleep that night after numerous sleepless nights – I was ecstatic,” Session shared.
Since posting the video, which has gone viral, she has received many messages from people around the world thanking her for the tip, and for a good night’s sleep.
“I’m grateful and I’m so happy I could share my story with people all over the world and help because that’s what I love doing,” she says.
How to get baby to sleep fast: Use soothing sounds of water
Running water is a very common white noise used to help both babies and adults fall asleep.
One of the theories behind it is that when you recreate the environment that mimics the womb for a baby, the baby is familiar with that surrounding and is able to fall asleep better.
It’s no wonder this is such a great method to use to get your baby to sleep quickly!
How to get baby to sleep fast – watch the video below:
References: Healthline, The Mirror
Infant Sleep Position Every Parent Should Know: What Is Safe And What Is Not
Sleeping Practices That Could Lead To Sudden Unexpected Death In Infancy (SUDI)
SUDI includes both SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents. Here are a few practices that could lead to SUDI:
- Making the baby sleep on the stomach or side.
- Putting the baby to sleep on soft surfaces such as mattress, sofa, waterbed, pillow, or lamb’s wool, either with or without a parent.
- Covering the baby’s head or face with bedding, which may cause accidental suffocation and overheating.
- Smoking during pregnancy or after childbirth.
The Good And Bad Positions For A Baby To Sleep
It is essential to learn about the safe and unsafe sleeping positions for a baby to deal with the above risks.
Healthy babies born full-time should be placed on their backs for naps, short periods of rest, and sleep at night.
‘Sleep on the back’ position was found to lessen the SIDS risk in babies as it keeps airways open.
The US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) labeled this as the best sleeping position for babies
Since the American Academy of Pediatrics made the ‘back-to-sleep’ recommendation in 1992, the SIDS rate has dropped more than 50%. The ‘back-to-sleep’ recommendation was later campaigned as ‘safe to sleep’
Risks Involved In ‘Sleep On Back’ Position
If infants are placed on the back for a long time in the same position, it could lead to ‘positional plagiocephaly’, a case of flattened or misshapen head and ‘brachycephaly’, the flattening of the back of the skull. The shape will become normal by the time they turn one year and rarely requires any treatment.
Simple reposition techniques can be employed to avoid such conditions. They include:
- Increasing ‘tummy time’ of the baby when awake
- Making the baby rest on the other side of the head rather than the flattened side.
- Cutting down the time spent by babies in carriers or car-seaters.
- Getting more ‘cuddle time’.
- Changing the direction of the baby in the crib so that he does not tend to view same things in one direction always.
2. Sleep On Stomach
Several theories discourage parents from making a baby sleep on the stomach because:
- It could put pressure on a baby’s jaw reducing the airway and restricting breath.
- If the baby sleeps on the stomach i.e., in the prone position, he may be lying with his face very close to the sheets and keeps breathing the same air.
- The baby could suffocate if he sleeps on stomach on a very soft mattress.
- He could breathe in microbes present on the mattress.
Are There Any Cases Where Babies Can Sleep On Stomach?
In rare cases, due to a medical condition, doctors may advise parents to make the baby sleep on the stomach rather than the back.
Few physicians believe that sleeping on stomach could be good for babies with severe gastroesophageal reflux or certain upper-airway malformations like Pierre Robin Syndrome, which lead to acute airway obstruction episodes. However, no recent study supported or refuted the benefits. Healthcare providers should consider the potential benefits and risks before recommending this position.
The danger of vomiting was the most important argument for making the baby to sleep on its stomach, as doctors used to believe that it would be dangerous if the baby vomit while made to sleep on its back. They used to think that babies may choke due to lack of sufficient strength to turn the head. However, babies sleeping on their backs have no difficulty turning their heads if they’re sick.
3. Sleep On The Side
It is unsafe for babies to sleep on the side because they may end up on the tummy, increasing the risk of SIDS.
10 Tips For Safe Baby Sleep
Avoid Loose Bedding: It is advisable to use a firm mattress rather than an overly soft mattress, water-bed or sofa for your baby. Experts suggest against the usage of bumper pads, pillows, fluffy bedding or stuffed animals around the baby in the crib. In simple words, anything that could cover a baby’s head during sleep is not recommended.
Keep The Crib Simple: Do not use wedges, quilts or comforters under an infant in the crib. Let the infant sleep with his feet touching the bottom of the crib so that he can’t wriggle down under the bedding. Use a firm, clean mattress that fits the cot well and tuck in the bed clothes securely. The sides or ends of the crib should be high enough to avoid the baby climb out or crawl.
Avoid Covering Baby’s Head: Blankets should be covered only up to the chest of the baby with arms exposed, to avoid the shifting of the blanket onto the head and thereby avoiding suffocation. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using ‘sleep sack’ or ‘baby sleep bag’ as a type of bedding to keep him warm without covering the head. Sleeping bags with a fitted neck and armholes and no hood are considered the safest. Wrapping baby in lightweight cotton or muslin also helps in preventing him from rolling onto his tummy during sleep.
Avoid Overheating: Infants should be light-clothed for sleep. Avoid over-bundling and check if the baby is not hot to touch.
Good Sleep Environment: It is important to maintain a considerably cool sleeping environment with a temperature around 20 degrees centigrade for the baby.
Vaccination: An investigation done on diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis immunization and potential SIDS association (4) by Berlin School of Public Health has concluded that “increased DTP immunization coverage is associated with decreased SIDS mortality. Current recommendations on timely DTP immunization should be emphasized to prevent not only specific infectious diseases but also potentially SIDS.” Make sure your baby is immunized.
Use A Pacifier (at sleep times): The American Academy of Pediatrics considers pacifiers to prevent SIDS. However, do not force the baby if he doesn’t want it or if it falls out of the mouth. If you are breastfeeding, wait until it is well established before beginning to use a pacifier. It usually takes around three to four weeks of age.
Use Technology: For you to have a peaceful sleep, use one of the several Wi-Fi baby monitors, app-powered thermostats, or small alarms available to monitor the sleep position as well as vitals of your baby.
Share Same Room: Parents should share the same room with the baby for convenient breastfeeding and contact. The crib in which the baby sleeps should be closer to parents.
No Bed-Sharing: Infants should ideally not share the bed with parents, adults, siblings or other children. Twins or multiples should be made to sleep separately. Do not share a bed with your baby especially if you or your partner has been drinking, smoking or taking medications or drugs that could induce deep sleep. Smoking and the use of substance like drugs or alcohol significantly increase the risk of SIDS and suffocation in babies, if the bed is shared.
Hope this information was helpful for you. If you have any questions or tips to share, feel free to comment below.