Where should my baby sleep?

Be careful talking about sleep around new parents.If you let slip you had 8 hours shut eye last night, expect a scowl in your direction, followed by the words…“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one!”  I’m sure many of you have heard this amusing quote before.Baby sleep is one of the biggest areas of concern for parents. Some are lucky and have babies who can sleep quite soundly through the night. While for others, it can be a real struggle.

This article contains some considerations on where your newborn should sleep and how you can choose the best option to suit your needs.

1) Co-sleeping

Many view co-sleeping as the natural option, helping to develop a strong bond between parent and baby.  According to a study of 120 countries, 50 per cent of mums share a bed with their baby. However, it doesn’t seem to be as popular in the US, UK and other Western countries.One of the advantages of co-sleeping is that it’s generally less disruptive.  Night feeds are much easier, especially if you are breast feeding.  Your baby might also find it easier to return to sleep knowing you are next to her. There are also some studies that claim babies who share the same bed, sleep for longer periods at night and are more sociable during the day.

However, if a baby is premature or of low birth weight (less than 2.5 kg/5.5lb), then co-sleeping is not advisable. You should also avoid sharing a bed with your newborn if you or your partner smoke, have consumed any alcohol or taken any drugs. Some also believe that co-sleeping discourages independence, making it harder for your baby to settle once she sleeps on her own.You should also consider the loss of intimacy between you and your partner!

2) In a bedside crib

This is probably the most common option favoured by parents, especially for the first few months. You can place your baby in a bedside crib, which allows you easy access to her at night. But you should consider a divider, which minimizes the risk of your baby getting trapped in between.Alternatively, you could use a moses basket or carrycot for the first few weeks. You can do this before moving on to a full sized crib. This option is generally considered one of the best for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). At night time, just place the basket or cot near your bed at a height that makes it easy for you to lift her in and out. A carrycot or basket also has the advantage of being portable, which means your baby can feel comfortable wherever she sleeps in your home.

3) In her own room

You and your partner may well have gone through the process of furnishing, measuring and painting over the past couple of months, in an attempt to transform your spare room into a nursery.  Can your baby sleep there straightaway?

Some parents go for this option. If it seems the right choice for you, invest in a baby monitor if you can’t hear her cry from another room. And ensure you don’t always rush to her side every time you hear the slightest noise. This can encourage bad sleeping habits and you should understand babies will often make noises during sleep. If you plan on sleeping in your baby’s room, you may want to get a cot or an air mattress.

However, putting your baby in her own room straight away can be a mixed bag in terms of disruption for you and your partner, and for the safety of a newborn. On the plus side, you won’t need to tiptoe around your own room at night in fear of waking her. But get ready for nightly visits to her room for every feed and diaper change! Furthermore, many believe there is an increased risk of SIDS if a baby sleeps in her own room straight away.Ultimately it is up to you as a parent to decide on the best solution for your newborn because a lot might depend on the size and layout of your home. However, regardless of what option you choose, you need to ensure you understand the safety guidelines to minimize the risk of SIDS.

About Dan Ballo

Hello, my name’s Dan and I have a passion in everything to do with babies.I love reviewing the latest infant products, reading baby books, researching all the latest information on child care……and of course, helping parents get their baby sleeping better at night!

It seems a while ago now, but my baby boy used to suffer with some serious sleep problems and woke up several times a night I didn’t know what to do It was so painful to constantly pick him up from his crib every night and wipe away his tears.I read different baby sleep books, tried different products, looked for answers on the internet, but I experienced weeks of sleepless nights without any progress.Some of the methods seemed too strict, where as others just expected you to get on with it and accept the situation.Fortunately, I eventually found a solution and things improved dramatically.

At the start of 2014, I decided to set up Best Baby Sleep as I figured I would share what I knew with parents who were struggling to solve their baby sleep issues.The number of visitors to this site has really grown and I’m really pleased to have helped so many moms and dads get their sleep back!Here are a few things which I believe in when it comes to baby sleep…Using a Cry It Out (CIO) method can be effectiveI know many people are against this approach, but a non-CIO method just didn’t work for me at all. I’m not saying you should spend hour after hour, hearing your baby screaming and crying every night.But this method works, and you can use it in a softer way to make the process easier for you and your infant.If you want to try baby sleep training…..you need to be committed to it and give it some time to see resultsGod, I sound like an army general don’t I? What I’m basically saying is that your baby can develop certain habits with sleep and trying some new strategies for just one or two nights is generally not enough time to see real progress.What do I do when I’m not working?I enjoy running, two or three times a week (my goal is to run the London Marathon one day!). And like most girls, I like shopping…I have, shall we say, a “sizeable” collection of shoes (which drives my hubby mad) But to be fair, I have cut down a lot since my baby came on the scene!

Alarms for Kids

When it comes to choosing alarm clocks for kids there is plenty of choice. Alarm clocks for children are available in some very bright, eye catching colours and the main benefit of them is that many serve as teaching aids as well, which is great for parents.

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They not only teach your children to tell the time, but the kids learn when its OK to wake up and get out of bed. Many of the alarm clocks for kids I looked at also tend to grow up with the child, meaning some kids clocks can be used as normal alarm clocks when the child has outgrown the teaching functions.Alarm Clocks For Kids – Three Examples
Take the Onaroo Teach Me Time Nightlight with Sleep Trainer and Time Teaching Clock for example. This alarm clock will teach very young children when its time to wake. And parents can change the nightlight settings so that it changes to green (OK to wake) at a time to suit them. As the child gets older you can disable the colour changing option if you wish.
By that age the child will probably want to use the clock as a fully functional alarm clock with a snooze button, just like their parents. The Onaroo Teach Me Time alarm clock teaches a child the time in analogue and digital formats. There are even five different levels of difficulty to test the child’s understanding further.
The Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer is for children of 2 years and older. Again, its usefulness grows with the child so that when the early learning objectives have been reached, of telling the time and learning when to get out of bed, older children can use the clock as an ordinary alarm clock. This model has a clock face of stars which come out at night and, as the night progresses, the stars become fewer only to disappear completely with the arrival of daylight. The screen brightness is adjustable, and so it serves as a nightlight as well. The Gro-Cock Sleep Trainer comes with a storybook.
The Crayola AM FM Alarm Clock Radio is a little different in that it allows the child to wake up to a voice message of their own choosing. There is a ten second voice recorder. This is in addition to the choice of being woken up by the radio or by an alarm buzzer. There is a gradual wake system and a snooze button. As well as having interchangeable parts this alarm clock automatically changes the colours of the nighlight.
These are just a few examples of alarm clocks for kids.