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Patterns and routine help babies feel secure. Keeping a consistent schedule for feedings, naps and bedtime can help you develop a trusting relationship with your baby.
If breastfeeding, sit in an upright position with your feet firmly planted on the floor. This will make you more alert while breastfeeding and possibly avoid a tragic situation.
Research has shown that babies who have a bed-time routine fall asleep 30% faster, wake up 50% less often, and sleep for longer stretches of time.
Using 3-4 relaxing activities will help your baby wind down and learn that these activities mean it’s time to sleep. Try giving your baby a bath, gently massaging their muscles, and then spending a short period of quiet time together.
“The safest place for an infant to sleep is alone in a crib, in the parents’ room for
the first year of life.”
– American Academy of Pediatrics
Keeping your baby’s crib near your own bed for the first year of life will make it easier to respond quickly to your baby’s needs. Responding to your baby’s needs quickly will help you build a trusting relationship.
A father’s touch can be just as calming as a mother’s. Sometimes dad forms a special bond with baby when handling middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes.
Visit www.ounce.org/safe_sleep.html for more information and tips on helping babies fall asleep and stay asleep in their own safe space.