Ever given birth to human spawn?
Then you’re probably pretty familiar with the avalanche of advice that comes along with that sweet little package, the disapproving glances, the public mockery and almost constant stream of assertions that you’re doing it wrong. All wrong. They’re destined for prison, delinquency or at the very least to live in your basement unable to do their own laundry at the age of forty.
Time to take a deep breath, parents, and enjoy Ava Neyer’s collection of advice on the oh-so-sensitive topic of getting baby to sleep.
Put the baby in a nursery, bed in your room, in your bed. Co-sleeping is the best way to get sleep, except that it can kill your baby, so never ever do it. If your baby doesn’t die, you will need to bedshare until college.
Use the same cues as night: cut lights, keep the house quiet and still. Differentiate naps from nightly sleep by leaving the lights on and making a regular amount of noise. Keep the room warm, but not too warm. Swaddle the baby tightly, but not too tightly. Put them on their back to sleep, but don’t let them be on their backs too long or they will be developmentally delayed. Give them a pacifier to reduce SIDS. Be careful about pacifiers because they can cause nursing problems and stop your baby from sleeping soundly. If your baby sleeps too soundly, they’ll die of SIDS.
Full story at Huffington Post.
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