Sometimes you get a “good sleeper” and sometimes you don’t. I’ve been on both sides of the coin. One thing that may not always be considered when it comes to sleeping is the sensory system. I’m sure that for many parents the sensory system isn’t a word that comes to mind when thinking of their babes sleep, but it should be! By understanding why it is so important it can help you to understand why and what your baby needs for a peaceful sleep.
Sleeping and The Sensory System
Swaddles That Worked For Me
When you swaddle it is important that you always follow safe swaddling practices! Swaddling a baby helps to calm the baby and reduce the startle reflex. We found the swaddle that worked the best for us were the SwaddleMe adjustable infant wrap (affiliate) by Summer Infant. We liked them because they were simple Velcro and we felt we could get our little guy nice and snug in them. He was definitely a guy who really liked to be swaddled. We used the swaddle until I didn’t feel he was safe to be swaddled anymore – he was moving around too much! He was very close to rolling from his back to his stomach as well at this point. At this point some babies may not need anymore of that snug feeling. This was not the case with my first born!
The sleep sacks that were more of a blanket did not work for my first guy. Legs were kicking in his crib and arms were flailing. He wasn’t really startling anymore as this reflex was integrated at this point but he just couldn’t get calm.Sleep Suit I decided to try out Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit (affiliate). It was invented by a pediatric physical therapist after all. The sleep suit worked like a charm! It provided my little guy with that snug sensory feeling that he liked and needed to help him calm down for sleeping. He was like a changed man in it and it does the trick for him to quickly fall asleep.
Transition Out Of The Sleep Suit
The Second Time Around
Tummy Time Importance
Since we put babies to sleep on their backs we need to remember that they need tummy time during the day! Check out ideas on how to fit tummy time into your day!
Have you found swaddling or a certain kind of sleep suit that worked well for you? Let me know!
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