Following baby’s sleep rules can be quite confusing, especially when you might be constantly tired during the first few months after the baby arrived. As you’re getting to know your newborn’s sleep needs and adjusting to the new parent life, all the baby sleep philosophies in books, rules, or scary safety warnings can make you feel overwhelmed too. No worry, with just a little bit of help, you will do it well! Read on to make sure you’re avoiding these 7 common newborn sleep mistakes.
Baby Car Seat is Not a Great Place to Sleep
This is a common one because all parents have been there. Your baby falls to sleep in the car seat while you’re driving home or running errands. And, the beauty of the seat is that you can pop it out and transfer your sleeping angle inside to maintain their nap. However, according to the AAP, allowing a baby to sleep in a car seat that’s been placed on the floor or clicked into a stroller is a safety hazard. As the baby’s head can fall forward and cause shortness of breath. Due to the angle of the seat design, it’s much safer to let your newborn sleep in the car seat when it’s in the car.
In addition, letting your baby sleep in a car seat overnight when you’re not awake to check on is also a serious baby sleep mistake. In fact, experts recommend limiting the time your baby spends in a car seat or swing to 30 minutes. Because most for developmental reasons and the risk of developing the flattened head syndrome. However, we all know that the 30-minute maximum is nearly impossible on road trips. So, our tips are just trying to let your baby sleep before the trip.
You Don’t Need to Have Crib Bumper Sets
This one is not only pretty easy to follow but also saves you a bit of money. In fact, most doctors are against using crib bumpers. Yes, babies can flail around a lot in their sleep, especially when they’re learning to roll or crawl. But, they probably won’t injure themselves by bumping their heads on a crib rail. So, while those crib bumpers do a good job of keeping your little from reaching out, they are not recommended due to the risk of entanglement. Also, babies can stand on those bumpers and use them as a step when they’re trying to climb their way out.
Teething is Not a Reason to Stop the Sleep Training
Babies cry all the time and the nuisances from teething don’t make it any different. If you’re hoping to sleep train your baby, it’s important to know that it might never feel like the right time. Experts say it’s easiest to sleep train a baby between the ages of 6 and 12 months. But, every baby is different! So, listen to yourself and your baby because you are the only one who understands them best. Remember that if you’re not fully committed to sleep training before you start, it will never work.
Stop Room-sharing After 6 Months
Experts have recommended parents shouldn’t room-share more than six months. Because many parents’ bedrooms only fit a bassinet (not a full crib), and most babies outgrow the bassinet by month 4. Also, some babies will wake up in the night more frequently if they hear or smell their parents nearby. But, if room-sharing is working for you, then feel free to do it!
Sleepy Newborn Phase Won’t Last Forever.
We hate to say this, but your baby’s sleeping pattern may not always to same all the time. The first few weeks or months are not always indicative of the kind of sleeper your baby is. While some newborns sleep through the night early on, the majority tend to wake up at night once or twice. And, even though nursing or rocking your baby to sleep before bedtime might be working for you now. Remember that 1 trick can’t work forever. So, prepare yourself for every possibility!
Don’t Let Baby Monitors Make You Feel Over-Confident
With a baby monitor, you only need a quick peek at the monitor to tell you if your child is fully awake or it’s just some squirming. Yes, it can be very useful, but they can also be the reason that leads to some baby sleep mistakes. Recently, some parents are taking the high-tech baby monitors trend to the extreme by buying expensive wearable vital sign devices, which is a “smart sock” that measures baby’s heart rate and oxygen saturation levels. Pediatricians advise not using these kinds of cardiorespiratory monitors, as well as the sensors that go under the baby’s mattress because they can cause false alarms. Or, a poor connection can make them miss something. All of that can make parents anxious and lead to unnecessary visits, which can accidentally wake up their baby.
Remember to follow safe sleep guidelines like always put your baby to sleep on their back or keep pillows out of the crib. Avoid these mistakes and we believe that you and your baby will have plenty of good sleep. If you have any questions or just want to share your stories, please let us know in the comments!