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We understand the importance of sleep here at PreciousLittleOne. With the help of Chicco we have created some useful information for you. We hope that you find this helpful.

Sleeping During Pregnancy

Sleeping well during pregnancy is essential
During the last quarter, over 75% of women reported sleep disorders
One of the disorders that affects the quality and duration of sleep is “back ache” or lower back pain, particularly frequent between the 5th and 7th month, which affects over 50% of mothers-to-be.
The position recommended by doctors and midwives during pregnancy is on one side, preferably the left with knees slightly bent. (This reduces swelling and water retention, it alleviates pressure on the vena cava, it reduces the creation of piles, it reduces the feeling of vomit and allows the placenta to transport nourishment from the mum to the baby.)

The use of a specific pillow helps pregnant women to prevent from back pains, it favours the recommended lateral position, for a more peaceful and comfortable sleep.
The pillows from the Mom Comfortrange offer necessary support to mums during pregnancy, helping them to alleviate possible discomforts and tension or simply to help them find a much more comfortable support for peaceful rest. Each pillow has been designed to offer the support and postural alignment necessary during sleep and relaxation; they also provide at the same time an ideal back, stomach and knee support with variable dimension according to the model chosen.

How should a baby Sleep?

Usually in the first month of life, a baby sleeps about 16-18 hours a day in 5-6 sessions and remains awake for about 6 hours. But every baby has its own needs, some sleep even 20 hours a day, others much less, some sleep for long intervals, others do very brief naps. These behaviours are all normal and should be respected. With the growth the hours of sleep decrease until reaching an average of 8-9 hours to 6 years

Differences in settling a baby and a toddler

Newborns and infants should
Sleep on their backs to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Sleep in a crib, more snug and cosier than a bed
It is recommended to let the baby sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed.

Recent studies have shown how sleeping close to parents
reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome )*
by 50%.

*SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environmen


After the first few months a toddler can sleep in his own
He/She may suffer from separation anxiety: In this case it is good to:-
cuddle and reassure him a lot during the day
stay with him until he falls asleep
offer the soother that calms him
offer a soft toy / object that is soft and comforting ( the
transitional object)

Advantages of Side Sleeping

In addition to the practical advantage for night-time feeding and looking after the baby, sleeping close to each other gives a sense of well-being and tranquility to both the mother and the child and promotes bonding.

Sleep close to each other

It reassures mothers who feel their child close to them
It makes the baby feel safe and allows his/her needs to be
catered for immediately
It helps regulate the baby’s biological clock, who acquires the
parents’ rhythm
It favours bonding

Establishing a Bedtime Routine

Establish a regular routine to let the child understand that it is bedtime
Prepare a peaceful and relatively quiet room
Repeat the same actions every night as repetition reassures the child -. Bathtime, read a story together, wear pajamas, brush teeth …
Both parents should alternate in carrying out the bedtime routine
Avoid detailed discussions and avoid tension before bedtime
Avoid active games and activities that may be too exciting before bedtime

Lighting levels in the middle of the night

In the first weeks of life light plays an important role in synchronizing the biological clock and the sleep-wake rhythm of the infant: It may be useful if you alternate light and dark to facilitate the settling of this rhythm.
For this reason it is recommended to keep the room dark and relatively quiet during the night sleep, while for napping during the day the baby can rest in the light and not necessarily be protected from the noise of everyday life.
After six months, the child may go through a period of disturbed sleep, caused by the so-called separation anxiety which could cause nighttime awakenings, nightmares or fear of the dark.
In this case a soft light, of low intensity and positioned out of reach of the child, can reassure him in the event of awakening.

Safe Sleep Practices

Always sleep baby on its back
Establish side sleeping but not bed sharing
Set the room temperature in a range that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult (18-20°)
Do not use excessive amounts of bedding on your baby
Be careful that blankets, pillows or soft toys do not cover your baby's face
Place the crib in an area that is always smoke free.
Consider using a pacifier at nap time and bed time

A study published in Paediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Paediatrics, shows that babies who are given soothers at night have less chance of encountering SIDS than non-users thanks to lower awakening level;
oral breathing is also easier if a baby has a blocked nose reduced risk of nasopharyngeal blockage thanks to the forward position of the tongue;
encourages babies to sleep on their back. The same study also reports that the protective effect continues even if the baby loses the soother whilst asleep.

Do Pacifiers Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? A Meta-analysis – Pediatrics 2005

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