Infant’s small stomach can only digest a little amount of foods. Infants who are breastfed or fed on formula milk often require to be fed continuingly during day and night. Ones who are breastfed often need feeding about each 3 hours, despite the fact that there’re infants who want more. It’s quite a challenge to moms who lack sleep. However, you can create good sleeping habits and the comfort in bed although you’ve decided to feed your children on their demands. Do not let the feeding become comfortable nursing. Once babies are well fed and start showing signs of sleeping, encourage them to sleep while not using any support from the breast or baby bottle. That will help babies to learn to comfort themselves to sleep.
Ones who are breastfed often need feeding about each 3 hours.
When infants show first signs of hunger, feed them. The signs may include fast eye movements, muscle tension, squiggling movements, head movements, sounds of sucking, lip smacking and fist sucking. To infants, crying out loud is often the last sign of hunger. Hungry infants who are breastfed may have difficulties in feed as they can’t latch onto the breast rightly, which results in babies will be hungry and difficult to get to sleep.
Stimulate infants after having fed them for a day by hugging them, talk and sing to them. Entertaining babies when they are full, calm and active helps you to get closer to your babies and support their early cognition developments. The stimulations occurring in daytime will make babies tired and ready for the important sleep in the later time of the day.
Entertaining babies when they are full, calm and active helps you to get closer to your babies.
Learn to recognize signs that show babies are ready for bed. They may include rubbing eyes, yawns, turning their face away from you and discontinuous cries. When babies seem to feel sleepy, do not rock them but let them fall into sleep in your arms. The signs showing babies are ready for sleep give you the chance to lay them in their cradles while they’re drowsy but still awake enough to sooth themselves to sleep.
Advice and warnings
Music can help babies feel sleepy.
- Turn on music to help babies feel sleepy when bed time comes.
- Babies should lie on their back when you put them in the cradles as it’s the safest position for infants to sleep in.
- You can use a pacifier in case your babies are bottle fed, still awake and uneasy, but not hungry. If your babies are sleepy, let them get into sleep without the support of pacifiers to prevent the independence on pacifiers which has a role in sooth babies into sleeps.
- Avoid offering infants who are breastfed pacifiers because the tools can impede and slow the process of learning to suckle properly.