1. Safe Sleeping
Safe Sleeping Recommendations from SIDS and Kids:
- Babies control their temperature predominantly through the face. Sleeping baby on the back with the head and face uncovered is the best way to protect baby from overheating
- It is not necessary to monitor the room temperature or to leave the heating or cooling on all night as long as the baby is dressed appropriately for the room temperature
- Dress baby as you would dress yourself – comfortably warm, not hot or cold
- A good way to check baby’s temperature is to feel baby’s chest, which should feel warm (don’t worry if baby’s hands and feet feel cool, this is normal). If baby is sweating or has a red face, remove some bedding or clothing. This may be necessary if baby is unwell, in which case you should seek medical attention
- Ensure that baby’s head and face cannot become covered - remove bedding such as duvets, pillows, bumpers, lambs wool, soft toys etc.
- Remove baby’s bonnet as soon as you go indoors or enter a warm car, bus or train, even if it means waking the baby
- Never use electric blankets, wheat bags or hot water bottles for babies.
3. Once Your Baby Can Roll
Once a baby has developed the ability to roll over on her own, typically around three months old, it is important that you stop swaddling or dressing her in tight swaddling suits. The reason for this is that if a baby rolls onto her front in a swaddle, she will not be able to use her arms to push herself back up again and may suffocate. Each baby is unique and while some babies may prefer to be swaddled for longer, it is imperative that you ensure your baby is safe when sleeping.
4. Sleep Regression
At around the age of 4 months babies will undergo a change in sleeping patterns. It can also happen as early as 3 months or later at 5. They may also experience a regression again at 6, 9 or 12 months. At these times, a permanent change happens in the child's brain, which results in an infant who had been sleeping well in mostly deep sleeps, suddenly begin waking frequently and sleeping in short, light cycles. This is a normal milestone for babies to experience, however can be extremely frustrating for parents.
The suggested ways to tackle this phase include:
- Creating the ideal nursery environment and temperatures
- Ensuring your child is warm or cool enough throughout the night, particularly as temperatures change during the night
- Creating a cherished nighttime routine
- When your child wakes at night you should ensure that they do not mistake it for daytime, for instance: avoiding eye contact, keeping the lights turned off or very dim, speaking in hushed tones and avoiding any playtime.
One of the ways we believe parents can assist their babies to sleep through the night again is by introducing the fully enclosed, inbetweenie™, which will keep the child cosy and covered throughout the night, among many other benefits.
Visit the Healthline website for more information on sleep regression.