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You should anticipate the future, according to Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., associate director of the Sleep Disorders Center, Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and author of Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night's Sleep, revised edition (HarperCollins). "If you want the baby in his crib by a year, the best time to start making the change is at 3 months of age—before habits are firmly established," she says. That said, small steps are best. "Take a week—or several—and do the baby's bedtime ritual in his room," Mindell says.
"Definitely," says Jennifer Waldburger, L.C.S.W., co-owner of the Los Angeles-based consultation service Sleepy Planet. "Babies are sensitive to a mother's cues. If you're not sleeping, you're more tired and stressed and your baby picks up on those vibes."
A new year, a new study about babies and sleep: Federal health officials report that infant deaths blamed on accidental strangulation and suffocation in bed have increased sharply in the U.S., The New York Times reports. The news has reignited a simmering debate over the rising number of parents who sleep with their babies, also known as "bed-sharing" or "co-sleeping."
Now that you know The Truth About Colic, check out pediatrician Harvey N. Karp's "Five S's"—which simulate the womb's environment, and turns on Baby's calming reflex, helping her sleep longer. Tip: Practice with a doll or sleeping baby.
Swaddling Wrap the baby securely in a blanket with her arms tucked inside so she can't flail.
Side/stomach position Hold the baby snugly in your arms on her left side or stomach.
Two new reports on co-sleeping with a baby were released this week, adding to the confusion that seems to dog this practice.
A new study has yielded another clue on what causes the tragic deaths of seemingly healthy infants. Researchers in California indicate that circulating air in a baby's nursery helps to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The latest information, published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, further points to a baby's sleep environment as crucial in the risk and prevention of SIDS. In the study of 185 SIDS cases vs.
It's natural to want to be near your baby 24/7. But experts have differing opinions when it comes to sharing your bed with an infant. "We don't know how to make bed sharing safe," says pediatrician Rachel Moon, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS, which recommends not bed-sharing as a way to prevent SIDS.
Q: How much sleep does a newborn baby actually need?
A bumper crop of new sleep books has joined the old standbys, offering philosophies and techniques to fit every parent's and baby's needs and temperament. The tricky part is finding the perfect fit for you. Here is our guide to 10 baby-sleep guides, old and new:
According to First Candle, a national nonprofit organization, at least 50 percent of all sudden infant deaths could be prevented by placing babies to sleep in a safe environment.
BEDTIME BASICS FOR BABIES
Here are some important tips to protect your baby from SIDS, suffocation and accidents during sleep:
• Always place your baby to sleep on her back!
• The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a sheet.
A recent study found that approximately 15 million American school-age children suffer from health and behavioral problems caused by inadequate sleep. And since babies with good sleep patterns turn into children with good sleep patterns, it's wise to start instilling healthy habits early on. Here's how:
You no doubt know that placing your baby to sleep on her back dramatically reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). But did you know that putting her on her belly when she's awake is also important?
As nighttime temperatures plunge, you might be tempted to crank up the thermostat and bundle your baby in blankets. Your intentions are good, but keeping her too warm may put her at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which peaks in winter and strikes most often between ages 2 and 4 months. Instead, keep the room temperature at 68° F to 72° F and follow these sleep-safety tips from Baltimore's First Candle/SIDS Alliance: