WHERE AND HOW YOUR NEWBORN SHOULD SLEEP | Baby Nuggets with Danielle (Episode 3)
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WHERE AND HOW YOUR NEWBORN SHOULD SLEEP | Baby Nuggets with Danielle (Episode 3)


Welcome back everybody! I hope things are going well for you and your beautiful new baby. Today, I would like to share some nuggets with you to help with where and how your newborn should sleep. When I mean newborns I mean I am referring to those zero to three month olds. Number 1: Your baby should sleep in your room in something like a crib or a bassinet. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that a new baby sleep in a room with a parent. However, they don’t recommend that a baby sleep in your bed for safety reason. Number 2: you need to keep the temperature nice and cool Between 68 and 71 degrees. Newborn babies are not able to regulate their own temperature yet. So it is really important to keep the room nice and cool. Number 3: Light clothing. I recommend dressing your baby in one layer of clothing underneath their swaddle for sleep. If you want to check your babies core temperature you can take your fingers and place them on the back of their neck and if it is warm and sticky the baby is probably to warm. But if you touch the back of their neck and it is cool and smooth your baby is probably at a great temperature that is great for sleep. Number 4: A white noise machine. It is like magic. When the baby was in the womb it was super noisy. They could hear your heart beating and the digestive system and amniotic fluid. It was really noisy for them. But when a baby is born and it is time to sleep, everyone is tiptoeing and saying “Shush.” “The baby is sleeping be quiet.” But in actuality it is really hard for babies to sleep when it’s quiet because they are used to a noisy environment. So in order to turn on their calming reflex you actually need a white noise machine. But, don’t use a monotone sound. You want to use one where the pitches and the rhythms and the sounds kind of changing and they kind of ebb and flow. To really mimic and replay what the womb was like for the baby. It will definitely help with sleep. Number 5: Air circulating really helps the baby. I recommend putting it somewhere around the height of where they sleep. Not blowing right on them. But you kind of place a fan up on a dresser or on a countertop. And have it kind of moving around the height of the bassinet or the crib where the baby is sleeping. Number 6: Your baby should sleep in a bare crib. That means no stuffed animals, no toys, no pillows, and no blankets. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that a baby sleep in a bare sleeping environment. This will really reduce their chances for Sids and suffocation. It’s the best and safest way for your baby to sleep. And finally babies should be placed on their backs to sleep. In my generation we were put down on our tummies for sleep. But now, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that babies should be placed on their backs for sleep. To really reduce the chances for Sids and help keep your baby safe. So their you have it! My nuggets on where and how newborns should sleep. These really helped my family and I hope they help yours too. I’ll see you next time!

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