Infant Sleeping Guidelines

It brings a sigh of relief to Mom and Dad when this peaceful moment occurs. Naturally, all parents want to have their infant fall into a deep sound sleep, because a baby that gets the required sleep is less likely to be a pool of crying eyes afterwards.

Creating the right sleep environment for infants and using recommended sleep guidelines from health professionals can make all the difference to both the parents and the infant’s well being. When parents follow proper sleep guidelines for infants, it can lessen the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

To help young parents, we’ve collected these helpful tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to check to see if you’re helping your infant’s sleeping practices. We hope so!

Sleeping guidelines for infants

  • Babies under 12 months old should be carefully placed on their back to sleep for naps. The AAP notes that your baby can be left in a side or front position, if your baby is already able to roll from the back-lying position to the side or stomach.
  • The AAP strongly discourages bed-sharing habits for infants under a year old with parents. But we definitely recommend letting your baby sleep in the same room, and alongside your bed in a baby bed.
  • Try not to let your babies sleep with any kind of soft pillows, plush toy animals, comforters, blankets or extra bedding parts until at least a year and a half old. Just a baby in a onesie often works best.
  • Keep the baby’s crib or bassinet within reaching distance of the parent bed. This helps to comfort the baby or breastfeed without having to stand up and walk over to a crib.

These are just a few of the highlighted guidelines recommended by the AAP for the safety of your child. It’s important that your baby sleeps on the back for a more restful sleep. And that’s why we think that our babybay is the right baby bed sleeper to have the whole family sleep better!

From Bedside Sleeper to Bassinet

But now you – Mom – are ready to find a new use for your sleeper. You’d love to use your sleeper and turn it into a freestanding baby bassinet. This may become an enclosed space for your darling little one to simply hang out near you, or nap nearby, during the day or evening.

Well, you can have this, if you already have a bedside sleeper. This wooden guard rail pictured below is all you need to keep your lil’ guy or gal purring happily near you. We call it the Bassinet Conversion Kit, and you can order it separately as an accessory to your babybay bedside sleeper.

babybay bassinet conversion kit

When you’re ready to make this move, it’s simple to convert your babybay bedside sleeper into a bassinet. Simply order our bassinet conversion kit to convert your babybay from a bedside sleeper to a standalone bassinet.

The protective wooden guard rail fits onto the open side of your bedside sleeper. It uses wooden locking clips, so it’s able to withstand any holding and pulling by your baby.

The picture below on the left shows the bedside sleeper with the wooden guard rail being attached. And the image on the right shows you the enclosed space your baby will be in. It’s a win-win for both the baby and the parents.

Using the guard rail to enclose the sleeper and turn it into a convertible bassinet for your baby can help gently move your baby away from the parental bed and further toward naptime sleeping independence after a few months. When that particular independent sleep time period happens is up to the parents to decide, of course. But when the time is right, having the guard rail to convert your sleeper into a bassinet will give you the assurance you need to know your baby always sleeps safely.

It’s easy to add the babybay bassinet conversion kit wooden guard rail to your existing babybay bedside sleeper. Simply add it to your cart on our shopping page, order it, and we’ll ship it to you quickly. Order a bassinet conversion guard rail today, and have relief on seeing your baby sleeping peacefully during the day or night.

How to Get Your Best Sleep After C-Section

There is a lot to go through with a newborn and recovering from major abdominal surgery on top of that takes some extra care.

Your doctor should have provided you with very specific care information about your healing process, but there isn’t really a handbook on how to make it all work with getting enough rest and taking care of your baby while you take care of yourself. Keep in mind this is just a small part of your journey with your new baby, and the better you take care of yourself the faster your recovery can happen.

Plan on Getting Enough Rest

It’s so easy to stare at those precious little details and count the fingers and toes all day, but as you have probably heard over and over again at this point: Rest when your baby rests. This is so important for sleep-deprived new moms in general, but as your body recovers from the C-section you need even more rest than usual. If you have a partner at home to help you try and plan a little additional time to stretch the breaks you get by getting help with diaper changes or meal preparation so you can rest. Making a conscious effort to take care of yourself and prioritize your recovery along with the care and bonding with your newborn will help to ease the exhaustion and help to keep you in a healthier mindset.

If you are alone with your baby or struggling to find time to rest. Ask friends, family for assistance, or consider hiring a postpartum doula to spend time with you and your baby in the early stages. If you begin to feel depressed, negative emotional changes, or feel in a constant state of fatigue beyond the first couple of weeks you may be experiencing postpartum depression. Reach out to your health care professionals for help and an assessment of your situation.

Find a Comfortable Position

There is not one single answer for what this position might be. It may take some trial and error (and some pillows) to find the position where you can relax without pain. Take your time and try out different arrangements to see what works. Make sure you carefully move between positions and ensure you’re not straining or overexerting yourself getting into or out of your bed or a recliner. Your main goal is to rest comfortably and reduce any stress on the incision site.

Keeping your sleeping baby nearby in a bassinet can help ease your worries early on and allow them to sleep safely at an arms reach. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the safest place for an infant to sleep is on a separate sleep surface designed for infants close to the parents’ bed. Read more about safe sleeping spaces on the Safe to Sleep website.

On Your Back

According to Specialty Surgery Center, the best sleeping position after C-section and most surgeries is on your back. Many times sleeping on your back may be the best option to relieve any pressure on your incision. Try placing a pillow under your knees or sometimes a smaller pillow for your neck to find a balance that works for you. If you’re sleeping on your back, it is very important not to sit up directly from this position. First rolling to your side and using your arms to help you sit up will protect your recovering abdominal muscles. University of Washington Medical Center recommends the “logroll” method to get yourself out of bed.

  • Before you move your feet off the bed, roll onto your side, with your knees bent
  • Move your feet off the bed. Use your arms to push your body up to a sitting position. Try to keep your abdomen relaxed.
  • Sit on the side of the bed before you stand up.

In a Recliner

Similar to on your back in bed, resting in a recliner can be an option to try out. If you’re breastfeeding you may already be spending a lot of time in the recliner. Depending on the style of your chair you may have a footrest attached or a separate ottoman. Try out different adjustments or supplementing the cushions with small pillows or a rolled-up blanket to get things just right. Not quite the same quality as sleeping in your bed, but for an afternoon nap or just a few minutes of closed eyes to recharge this can be a great option.

On Your Side

Sleeping on your left side aids in optimum blood flow which is great for your recovering body. You may still need that full-body pregnancy pillow around to support your belly and hips. This position also makes it easier to get into and out of bed and may just be a transition for you as you get into and out of bed. Many new moms find the side-lying position is the most comfortable breastfeeding position for new moms who are recovering from a C-section. If you do decide to breastfeed with your baby in this position, make sure to keep your baby safe and move them out of your bed before you fall asleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) doesn’t recommend bed-sharing with your newborn. A bedside bassinet can create a safe and separate space for your baby.

Elevated Upper Body

If you have a wedge pillow this can be very helpful since it will elevate the entire upper body. If not, you can still get the same benefits with a carefully arranged pile of pillows. This also goes well with the pillows under your knees for a fully supported position. Reference back to the “logroll” method mentioned above to get into and out of this position. If you’ve been told you could be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this may have been recommended by your Dr. Moms who have had C-Sections may be at a higher risk for this condition, but a study published in the journal CHEST, found sleeping at a 45-degree angle helps to breathe easier and didn’t seem to interfere with sleep quality or duration.

Block out Distractions

As you rest at the same time as your baby, you may find the time goes very quickly for a nap. Just as you start to doze off that’s when you hear the baby waking up… Getting into a restful mindset and asleep as quickly as possible can be a struggle and the stress of limited time can sometimes make it even more difficult to get to sleep! Consider keeping an eye mask nearby to block out some light as you rest during the day. It’s tempting to unwind with time on your phone or other electronics once the baby is sleeping, but these will not allow you to sleep and get the rest you need. Planning some unplugged rest time will help to disconnect and mentally recharge. Turn off your notifications if possible or set your device away from you so you’re not tempted to pick it up during your dedicated rest time.

On the other hand, your phone or a tablet might still come in handy. Many apps have nature sounds and white noise options to help block out distractions. The sound of the ocean or a forest could be helpful to ease you into sleep. One study suggests a white noise machine can reduce sleep onset for patients, or the time it takes to fall asleep, by nearly 40% compared to patients who don’t use these devices. There are also many YouTube channels, podcasts, and music channels dedicated to guided sleep and relaxation which can help guide you into a comfortable and restful mental space. Turn on some relaxation sounds, white noise, or soft music, lay back, and relax.

Take Care of Yourself

These first 6 weeks are a very important time for your newborn, but also for yourself as you recover from your C-section. Making your own health and recovery a priority is a very important part of taking care of your family. Your body has gone through some amazing changes in the last 9 months, and there are more changes ahead as your hormones and body recover from giving birth. You may experience a roller coaster of emotions during this time which is absolutely normal, but if you feel yourself becoming more anxious, worried, or depressed after the first couple of weeks, contact your health care professionals to talk about how you’re feeling.

Enjoy this new and exciting time with your newborn and your growing family!

A new baby is like the beginning of all things — wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. -Eda Leshan

Written by contributing writer Amber Mauriello

Designing a Minimal Nursery: Top Dos and Don’ts

Preparing parents choose to run full-force towards the minimal nursery aesthetic for plenty of reasons that are unique to them. Whether a neutral color palette just speaks to your tastes, or you’re working with the kind of limited space that makes “sticking to just the essentials” the natural next move, minimalist nursery decor can offer a relaxing backdrop to your baby’s sweet Z’s while also leaving you in love with your design.

If you’re in the planning stages of your minimalist nursery design process, we’ve got just the decor tips and much-needed next steps to set you down the path toward the perfect calming nursery space.

Nursery Decor DO: Start with a Minimalist Nursery List

There are endless baby products, store aisles, and nursery furniture choices to choose from when looking to fill your little nursery to perfectly suit your baby’s comfort.Minimal nursery furniture in a neutral color palette | babybay bedside sleeper

But getting lost in all that baby product noise is the quickest way to lose track of the minimal nursery aesthetic you love—while also buying dozens of expensive and supposedly “must-have” gadgets and doodads that you’ll regret spending money on down the road.

That’s why we’re all about breaking your essentials down before you even begin shopping (especially when minimalism is your goal).

Though things like bodysuits and a diaper bag should be on your “buy before baby comes” list, there are a few can’t forget! nursery and furniture pieces that are essential for even the most devoted minimalist.

Our favorite essential nursery furniture pieces include:

Stick to your nursery list as much as you can (to save money, make your nursery look cohesive, and avoid splurge purchases that you’ll regret buying down the road!). But also don’t forget the power of buying a design piece or two that’s just there to make you happy and bring your personal flair to the space.

Minimalism isn’t about giving up on the design pieces that make you happy—it’s about making sure each design piece you choose has a place and point in your nursery and home.

Nursery Decor DON’T: Don’t Buy Without First Exploring Your Options

Long gone are the days when a traditional big, bulky, and expensive crib was the only way to go.

A bedside cosleeper, an example of minimal nursery furniture, next to a bed | babybay bedside sleeperThese days, there are safer, more secure, and more comfortable ways to help your baby sleep peacefully through the night. Ones that aren’t just more comfortable for them—but lead to longer and more restful nights of sleep for you too.

More and more parents (and parents-to-be!) are choosing to save money and space by using an all-in-one sleeper and bedside bassinet that lets you keep your baby close during the first few months of life. These options make it even easier to nighttime nurse and care for your baby’s every cry, without adding extra dust-gathering and expensive pieces of furniture to the mix.

These all-in-one options (like the longtime parent-loved babybay bedside sleeper  that easily converts into a bedside bassinet) help you follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for keeping your baby extra-close during their first 6 months, while freeing up space in your nursery that can be better used for playing and cuddling.

Options like a bedside sleeper also take away all the pressure to perfect the comfort of your minimal nursery space, since you can easily nighttime nurse and offer cuddles and care without leaving your own soft and comfy sheets.

Nursery Decor DO: Multi-Purpose Minimalist Nursery Furniture for the Win

The marketing of different baby products might be designed to convince you that you need this, and this, and this to design a nursery your baby will love, but don’t let all that noise hold you back.A minimalist nursery with bedside cosleeper and dresser | babybay bedside sleeper

There’s no reason to buy minimalist nursery furniture that only has one use.

Sure, you need a place to change your baby. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you need a changing table.

Instead of spending extra money and using up all your space with minimalist modern nursery pieces that only have one purpose, try adding a changing pad to the top of a dresser, or filling a portable basket with diaper supplies and having a roll-up mat around for a quick change on any surface.

By avoiding items that will only be useful for a short time (and looking for items that can fill multiple needs), you’ll not only stay away from breaking the budget—you’ll invest in furniture pieces that can adapt and grow right alongside your child.

Nursery Decor DON’T: Don’t Ignore the Importance of Going All-Natural In Your Minimal Nursery

Minimalism and sustainability often go hand-in-hand. (Why? Because by choosing more natural materials and only buying what you need, you’re supporting the planet and reducing waste!)

A father holding a baby next to a bedside cosleeper | babybay bedside sleeperBut even if you’re choosing minimalism mostly because you like the style, you’ll still benefit from the many ways that minimalist nursery choices support your baby’s safety and security.

Makers like babybay (the team behind some of the most parent-loved bedside sleepers on the market) write sustainability into their mission statement by designing all-natural sleeping spaces made of 100% ethically-sourced beechwood.

And while this natural beechwood offers a non-toxic and non-hazardous place for your little one to catch their dream-filled Z’s (compare that to traditional crib models, which are made with toxic glues and varnishes), these models are as cute as they are practical and safe.

You can choose from a neutral range of colors that blend in beautifully to whatever minimalist color palette you choose, while experiencing the peace of mind that comes from knowing that safety isn’t being sacrificed for style.

What to Do With All Your Nursery Design Dos and Don’ts

Building a minimalist modern nursery doesn’t have to feel like a chore, and filling your space with furniture pieces that will bring your little one comfort—while also bringing joy to you!—doesn’t have to break your budget or leave you sacrificing other things on your nursery wishlist.

All it takes is a little bit of planning to build the minimal nursery of your dreams, one that is perfectly multi-functional, perfectly eco-friendly, and best yet—perfectly designed for you.

[Ready to take the next design step? See a multi-purpose nursery furniture piece in action.]