The basics to this book are easy to grasp and understand. Perfect for sleep deprived parents! I took away 5 easy points (The 5S’s) that really make a ton of sense. I actually had been using them here and there, but not together in unison.
- Swaddling to at least 4 months old. I swaddled my second, and now my third daughter. I have always felt that it helps them calm and stop fighting sleep. According to the wise doctor, I was right! =)
- Side or Stomach- But never to sleep. This one was the one point I didn’t quite understand. It’s supposed to be a guide to great sleep, but you put them to sleep on their backs (always- due to the SIDS risk). The doctor says to put them on their sides/stomachs when fussy. He explains that putting them on their backs makes them feel insecure, like they are falling. Due to the SIDS risk though, back is best for sleeping. I guess he includes this step to calm your baby down, so he or she is able to sleep and give in to it.
- Shushing- The doctor explains that a baby’s sense of serenity and calmness is a loud shushing sound. To us, it may seem opposite of what we may feel is serene, but when you think about what goes on in the womb, it makes a lot of sense! In the womb, babies here a deep, thunderous rumble. So the sound of a sound machine’s white noise or ocean, or even perhaps a vacuum, is calming. One of my main concerns was how loud a sound machine should be to still be effective, but yet not hurt little one’a ears. Dr. Karp answers this question, as well as others. He says that shower intensity of white noise is not shown to do harm to a baby’s hearing. Good to know!
- Swinging- Many parents revert to a car ride to get their babies to sleep. This makes sense when you think about it– babies in the womb are constantly being swung around by mama’s everyday routine. There is actually studies that show babies get most of their sleep in utero while mom is awake and doing her everyday routine. Then when nighttime hits, it’s party time. This explains why sometimes baby’s days and nights are mixed up. The doctor suggests swinging in a swing with full recline for young babies with no neck strength yet. He also suggests fast speed and promises that it is totally safe. I thought this was an interesting point– He said the low speed is just to “blah” to get the baby calm.
- Sucking- Lastly he suggests breastfeeding and a pacifier, once the baby is nursing well- usually one to four weeks.
The book starts out with newborn sleep, and ends with sleep for preschoolers. There is even a chapter for nap time. The nap time chapter explains when to transition from two naps per day to one and why, and how to make it easier for mom and child.
I enjoyed reading The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep. It truly made sense.
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