This week our momstown Milton members we were excited to have Jamie Contarini from Good Night Sleep Site Halton as our guest speaker at our Walmart Sponsored Baby Basics – Every Little Step Program. We had an informative session with some great tips for new moms to help assist getting your little one to fall sleep on their own. It was a packed venue with lots of participants eager to get their questions answered by the “Milton Baby Whisperer”!
Here is a summary of some of the helpful tips for new moms that was shared at the sleep seminar:
1. Safe Sleep:
We really want to follow the “A,B,C’s of safe sleep”
Alone – your baby should have its own sleep space, whether it is a bassinet, a crib or a playpen. Room sharing is recommended by SIDS Canada for the first 6 months, but bed sharing is not.
Back to bed – you want to place your baby on their backs to fall asleep. Do not prop them on their sides with blankets or any of the products that you can buy. If you place your baby on his back and he rolls to his side – that is okay, but do not prop him that way.
Crib – again, they should be sleeping in their own crib or bassinet. Make sure that the crib has a fitted sheet and do not use stuffed animals, thick bumper pads or blankets.
I recommend swaddling newborns because it helps to keep them from jumping too much with their startle reflex. They are also used to being tightly wrapped in your womb. Once your little one can roll though – get rid of the swaddle and move to a sleep sack. Your baby will need his hands and arms to help him roll to his tummy and back onto his back again.
3. Manage Sleep Association:
It is important for your baby to fall asleep and wake in the same environment so that he can put himself back to sleep on his own. If he falls asleep in your arms, then when he wakes in his crib – he has no idea how he got there and he is going to need your help to fall asleep again. A great association would be white noise that plays continuously and after one year of age, a lovey.
4. Create a nap and bedtime routine:
Naptime routines do not have to be more than 10 minutes. It can be as simple as changing a diaper, putting on a sleep sack and singing a lullaby or reading one book. For bedtime, a 30 minute routine is a good time to aim for. Having a consistent routine sends cues to your baby’s brain that sleep is coming next. It is never too early to start a bedtime routine.
5. Have an age appropriate bedtime:
Babies need more sleep that we realize. A bedtime between 5:30pm and 7:00pm is ideal. An overtired baby will have a harder time falling and staying asleep. Sleep = sleep.
6. Consistency is key:
“Be consistent”. Be consistent in wake time, naptime and bedtime. Be consistent in how you respond to your baby when you put them to sleep and when they wake in the night – and before you know it, they will be sleeping “like a baby”.
There should be no pressure put on you to sleep train your baby. When you are ready, find a method that you are comfortable with and then be consistent and patient.
Looks like the Sleep Sheep worked wonders for this little guy!
Join us for our next series in the Walmart Every Little Step Program – Monday February 2nd where we will be discussing Baby Essentials.
Not a member of momstown Milton? It’s not too late join. Register today and get to know other moms in the community!
To view all the fun we had at this program, check out the amazing photos taken by our momstown photographer, Ann Kornuta.
This blog was written by Jamie Contarini, Certified Sleep Consultant with Good Night Sleep Site Halton and Proud Mama of two boys.