Should You Put Your Baby to Sleep After Feeding?
Dealing with bedtimes as a parent can be a little bit confusing. You will get conflicting advice depending on the source of the advice. Some times you may hear that it is a good idea to put the baby down for a nap after feeding them every single time while other people will recommend that you separate eating and sleeping from each other. At the end of the day, every baby is different but in general, you will want to start separating eating from sleeping as they get older. It is not as big of a deal if they are associated with each other when they are very firstborn because they sleep so much.
When is the best time to put your baby to sleep?
If you are not supposed to put your baby to sleep after feeding them then this will lead to an obvious question. When is the best time for your baby to go to sleep? There is no specific time of day that is the best for all babies to sleep. However, babies are pretty predictable so as you get to know your infant you should have a general idea of the time of day that they normally get tired. You can prepare ahead of time by getting everything ready for them so that way once it is nap time it is an easy transition from wakefulness to sleeping soundly. There are a few ways that you can make sure this transition goes smoothly so let’s look at what the best advice is for creating a good sleep schedule now that you have a baby.
Babies thrive on habits and consistency. If you can follow these tips every single day then your baby will adjust to them and be able to fall asleep much more easily without causing you nearly as much of a headache. Most of these tips are fairly self-explanatory and they do not take very much effort to do on a daily basis. So let’s go ahead and get started learning how you can help improve your babies sleep.
Can you recognize all the signs of a tired baby?
As a parent, you will need to learn how to interpret your children’s behavior as quickly as possible. Since babies are unable to speak you are going to need to rely solely on nonverbal communication to understand what is going on with them. Babies have several actions they only take whenever they are tired. If you see a baby that is yawning a lot and rubbing their eyes you can bet good money on the fact that they are ready for an.
Stay consistent with your baby’s feeding and sleep schedule.
It does not bear repeating that babies are creatures of habit. If you can create a consistent sleep schedule for them they are going to be far more cooperative than otherwise. It is almost impossible to get a baby to go to sleep on demand but if you go to sleep at the same time every day they will probably even let you know whenever it is getting close to time to lay down. Once the habit has been fully developed and is set in stone you may be surprised to find that your babies start putting themselves to sleep without your help at all.
If your baby falls asleep while feeding…
As a mother, it can be tempting to wake your child up to finish breast-feeding if you are not using formula. You may think that the baby needs to finish all of their meal at once for it to be effective for them. If they are not younger than two months old as soon as they fall asleep while they are feeding you should go ahead and lay them down.
They are most likely in a purely deep sleep at this point if they fell asleep while feeding so as long as you are gentle you should not need to worry about waking them up whenever you lay them down.
Don’t wake your baby up for feedings once he/she is 8 weeks.
If the child is younger than eight weeks old that is the only time it can be considered okay to wake them up so that way they can finish feeding for the day. Whenever a baby is this young they spent so much of their time sleeping it is easy for them to fall back asleep even whenever they are in the middle of something else.
It is important for them to get all of their nutrition so you need to make sure that they stay awake long enough to finish all of their meals. Once they are older than eight weeks old you do not need to do this. If you have a baby that is older than eight weeks old that falls asleep while it is feeding you can go ahead and just put it down for their nap.
This way you are not disturbing their sleep patterns and you can get some peace and quiet as they take their afternoon nap.
Create a comfortable sleeping environment and schedule.
Your sleeping environment is incredibly important for your sleep whether you are a senior citizen or a brand-new baby. Babies are not able to sleep very easily if they have material touching their skin that is uncomfortable like a stretchy fabric.
Make sure that all of the bedding that you are using for your baby is comfortable for them. Not only will it make it far easier for them to fall asleep but they are going to wake up much less often allowing you to sleep throughout the night without being interrupted every couple of hours.
Another source of disruption for the sleep schedule of many babies is noise and light disturbances. Try to block out as much light as you can from their room and make sure that there is no noise if you can avoid it.