Finnbin Sleep Post

**The Post below is a guest blog I wrote for FinnBin Baby Box **

When I was pregnant with my first child I remember everyone telling me, "say goodbye to your sleep" I had heard horror stories of newborns waking every two hours, endlessly crying, and needing so much of parents attention through the wee hours of the night. Lucky for my husband and I, our first born was the anomaly. She slept 6 hour stretches from day one and never had any significant regressions. I remember having to set alarms for every three hours when she was a newborn so that I would wake up to feed her. I learned quickly that we otherwise would have slept right through one or more of her feedings.

While frequent wakings and incessant crying thankfully wasn't keeping us awake all night, there was something else that caused me to lose sleep. Becoming a new mom for the very first time I was overwhelmed with the amount of fear that came along with all the other wonderful feelings of love and excitement. My biggest fear was SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. All parents have this fear and for obvious reasons.

Having a safe sleep environment significantly reduces the risk of SIDS and it is important to remember safe sleep practices especially through those tired first stages of being new parents. Establishing a safe sleep space right from day one will also help curate healthy sleep habits early on and allow for an easier sleep training process.

Bassinet/Co Sleeper

During the first few months of life it is important for baby to sleep close to mom for many reasons. Being close to your baby helps for successful breast feeding, allows you to get to know your babies sleepy and hunger cues, and creates strong bonds in the early stages of life. Using a bassinet, co sleeper, or FINN BIN, are all great options for keeping baby close and safe.

Free and Clear

Whether you chose a bassinet, co sleeper, or FINN BIN, be sure to keep the space empty. A tight fitted sheet will do the trick. It is tempting to add extra stuffed animals and objects but added objects increases the risk of suffocation and strangulation. I always tell my clients to keep a simple sleep space with limited visual distractions. Creating a free and clear sleep space from day one will allow for a positive sleep environment when it comes time for sleep training.

Sleep Sack

Again, my children are the anomaly when it comes to sleep. They ALL hated the swaddle. I couldn't believe what a fight they would put up when I swaddled them for sleep. If your child is anything like mine, or if your child is too old to be swaddled then invest in a good sleep sack. A wearable blanket not only cuts out the risk of material covering their face or nose, but is also quite cozy. I secretly wish they made them for adults!

Cool it Down

Temperature plays a big role when it comes to sleep. An ideal temperature range for a sleeping room is between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit . Newborns don't quite know how to regulate body temperature so it is important to make sure they are covered with footie pajamas and either a swaddle or sleep sack when they are sleeping. Air circulation is also key to keep the oxygen moving easily in and out of the lungs. Turn on a low fan or crack a window if it's not too cold.

Back is Best

Putting an infant to sleep on their back is the safest way for them to sleep. It keeps their noses and mouths off of surfaces and allows for the best breathing position. Talk to your pediatrician if your baby spits up often or is seemingly uncomfortable on their back. They may give you tips on what you can do to help soothe baby.

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