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 bedIt 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 )*
*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
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
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