5 Resources for New Moms in Need of a Better Night’s Sleep (It Starts by Using a Bedside Co-sleeper!)

Is adapting to life with your newborn leaving you exhausted?

Does it feel impossible to catch up on sleep?

We totally get it. You’re not alone. Take a deep breath. We’re here to help.

If you recently had a baby, a full night’s sleep can feel like a distant memory. Adapting to your new normal while trying to heal from labor, is no small feat. The longer you go without rest, the worse your body feels — occasionally causing serious side effects. Studies have shown that long-term sleep deprivation can result in anxiety, irritability, reduced cognitive functioning, and can contribute to postpartum depression.

If you’ve been struggling to rest, or are looking to optimize your sleeping environment, continue reading below. Our tips include data on the benefits of bedside co-sleeping, as well as minor changes to your sleep hygiene that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

  • FOLLOW YOUR BABY’S LEAD

When your baby sleeps, that’s your cue to sleep, too. Simple enough, right? Some parents spend the first year fighting against their baby’s natural rhythm and needs, You can try to get your baby on your clock, but this will only add to your exhaustion. That time will come, but don’t expect it right away.

Instead, try taking the opposite approach and create a sleeping environment similar to the womb. Science tells us to expect newborns to sleep 16-18 a day, in 2-3 hour increments (bedside co-sleeping can increase that time.)  You can work with that, right? Start viewing those hours as windows of opportunity to rest and relax. Don’t forget to be patient with yourself. This is going to be an adjustment, but you’ll get there. (You just made a human! After that, there’s nothing you can’t handle.) 

  •  SHARE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH YOUR PARTNER

Listen to your body. No matter how independent you are, talk to your partner about how they can help. Working together to rotate responsibilities will make it possible for you to sleep, heal, and be at your best. The American Academy of Family Physicians echoes the importance of letting others help during your postpartum recovery:

“During the first six weeks, pay attention to your body…resist the temptation to do more. Overdoing things at this point can set you back in your recovery. Concentrate on nourishing your body with good foods, drinking plenty of water (especially if you are breastfeeding), and getting enough rest.”

Your baby, body, and relationship will all benefit from practicing good communication. After all, teamwork makes the dream work.

  • PRACTICE PROPER SLEEP HYGIENE

The concept of proper sleep hygiene is all about setting up your sleep environment and making choices during the day to not interfere with your body’s ability to sleep.

For example: not drinking caffeine after 2pm, fighting late-night cravings, and removing technology from the bedroom. With a newborn added to the equation, and feedings waking you up every few hours, the mixed messages to your body make it hard to go back to sleep on command.  Additional tips for those struggling to get back to sleep, include: 

      • Doing 5-10 minutes of yoga or peaceful meditation
      • Make a cup of herbal tea (they are naturally decaffeinated.)
      • Close the blinds, or try blackout window treatments
  • POSTPARTUM DOULAS & AFTER BIRTH CARE SPECIALISTS

For those unfamiliar, Postpartum Doulas and After Birth Care Specialists, are specially trained to help moms in the first weeks, or months after giving birth. They work with you, in your home, to help you feel comfortable adapting to all things motherhood. (They’re also covered by state health care and independent insurance coverages.)

For those struggling with getting baby to latch on, or, worried you’ve swaddled your baby too tightly — Maybe,  you’re experiencing anxiety about how your body is healing —  Or, you don’t know why your baby won’t stop crying — With compassion, understanding, and a helpful attitude, they will help you with all of it.

Although this uncharted territory can be frightening, don’t forget about the resources available to help you. If you’ve got a question, ask it. If you’re unsure of something, or something feels off, trust your gut and find help. There’s nothing like peace of mind when it comes to a good night’s sleep.

  • BEDSIDE CO-SLEEPERS

Switching to using a bedside co-sleeper can make all the difference in terms of a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown the benefits of co-sleeping, (when done safely,) can be extensive — including: physiological syncing between mom and baby (breathing, heartbeat, etc,) increased time in REM sleep, and in longer intervals.

Try taking the more natural approach, by keeping moms and babies close throughout the night. It will change the game, and the science is there to prove it, says Dr. James McKenna:

“Staying close to the adult’s body helps the baby remain at a more stable body temperature. Physical contact, in close cosleeping, helps babies to “breathe more regularly, use energy more efficiently, grow faster, and experience less stress”

Simply speaking, when you create a sleep environment that allows for physical connection, similar to the womb, the transition won’t be nearly as jarring for your baby (and moms.) The problems start when we fight against nature, and expect babies to not be upset when they don’t know where mom is.  They’re not able to self-soothe, yet. So why would we expect them to do so, just because it meets our needs? Now that co-sleeping can be done safely again, there’s no reason not to. It’s best for both of you.

Interested in finding a bedside co-sleeper that works for you?

Consider the leading, attachable, bedside co-sleeper by babybay. Not only are we the only eco-friendly sleeper on the market, but we are also committed to sustainable manufacturing. Each of our sleepers are made with the highest quality, European beechwood, and, for every tree used, we plant another. You’ll never see plastics, cardboard, or any toxic paints on our sleepers. Plus, we hold 2 of the highest safety certifications from Europe and the United States.

Our customers love our bedside sleepers because they’re created by parents, for parents  — showing a true understanding of your everyday struggles and needs. 

For more information on how we stack up against the competition, click here.

babybay Among Top 6 Co Sleeping Cribs

The website Get toText rated the top 6 co-sleeping cribs and babybay is on the list! The article talks about how co-sleeping is the current trend. The idea behind co-sleeping is to give the baby a feeling of security by having their parents close by. This shared sleep is good for the child’s development as well as anxiety prevention in those early months. 

The criteria used for choosing the Top 6 Co-Sleeping Cribs are:

  • Reference brands: we make sure to select brands from the childcare sector that have proven their worth and leave no doubt as to the seriousness of manufacturing 
  • User reviews and feedback: ratings, testimonials from parents, and advice from early childhood professionals are brought together in order to draw the most objective assessment possible
  • Comparison and careful study of the characteristics of the models on the different merchant sites
  • Total independence when choosing products: the models of the brands mentioned are not aware of these analyzes or of influence on our choices.

If you are looking for more information on co-sleeping, the review also offers some good information at the bottom of the reviews.

 

Below is an excerpt of the review:

The co-sleeping cradle has been THE trendy baby bed for a few years and many parents have already made the choice of “co-sleeping“. The principle? Adopt a shared bed in the parental bed or in a co-sleeping cradle, from birth and for several months or even years. Here is our selection of the best co-sleeping beds and our advice on the subject …

This Babybay co-sleeping bed is one of the best sellers in its category, and that’s no surprise considering its quality. Very solid, it is made of untreated solid beech wood and 100% guarantees healthy composition. It also features 10 height adjustable positions, making it suitable for all types of adult beds.

In detail :

  • From birth to around 9 months
  • Material: solid beech (untreated, pollutant-free, from sustainably managed forests)
  • Adjustable in height in 10 positions
  • Practical attachment: 2 strong attachment straps
  • Sleeping surface: width 40 x length 81 cm
  • Dimensions: width 41 x length 88 x height 79 cm
  • Weight: 11 kg
  • Fully mobile: safety gate + castor kit (both available separately, not included with the bed)
  • Mattress and fitted sheet available separately (breathable mattress on amazon, from 59 eur / Babybay white fitted sheet, around 10 eur)

Our opinion :

A quality model, solid and durable: this Babybay co-sleeping bed is both beautiful and robust. The many height positions guarantee adaptability to any adult bed. Only downside, the mattress is not provided, but given the quality of the fabrics and materials, this is a detail. The brand has been awarded by a German organization for the design and composition of its products. Once the baby’s 9 months are over, we can even give him a second life as a booster.

To read the full review visit: https://gettotext.com/top-6-co-sleeping-cribs-and-our-advice/

Safe Co-Sleeping for Babies and New Parents

For new parents, being close to their baby at all times is a priority. That includes being close to the baby during sleeping hours. The notion of co-sleeping refers to sleeping with your baby close to you, often with a reach of your arm. Co-sleeping generally means the baby is near, but in a different bed.

As you can see in this short clip, this dad is able to adjust his newborn in a babybay® bedside sleeper, which is attached right to the parents’ bed.

For several years now, more parents have been adopting this practice of co-sleeping, with the infants sleeping nearby in a co-sleeping cradle. This aligns with the guidelines set out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which advises parents not to sleep with a new baby IN a parent bed, for obvious reasons. Let’s look at some of the benefits of co-sleeping arrangements.

Benefits of Co-Sleeping

Ideally, as a baby sleeps in a bedside sleeper next to the parents’ bed, the baby receives feelings of comfort, security and reassurance. Having the baby near to the parents’ bed gives the parents the ability to calm the baby without having to stand up and walk over to an unattached crib across the room or in another room.

Also, as both baby and parents sleep more soundly, this shared sleep provides benefits to both. The parent is at arm’s length in order to calm the baby if it awakes, and slowly massage the baby back to sleep. The baby gains a more balanced development in the early months of life, without sleep anxieties or other issues arising.

Find the Right Co-Sleeping Bed

At babybay, we take co-sleeping very seriously. Our babybay co-sleeping bed is one of the leading co-sleeping beds made for infants, and it’s largely because of the high attention of quality materials we put into the bed.

We make our babybay beds with untreated solid beech wood. This means the wood is untreated, made from sustainably managed forests, and is pollutant-free. Our babybay bed features 10 different adjustable height positions, giving parents the flexibility to adjust to the parent bed size. If you want to move the babybay around your living space, you can also pick up an optional side safety gate and castor wheels set for extra mobility.

If you’re a new parent, you owe it to yourself to check out a new babybay baby bedside sleeper bed. Our beds are solid and durable, and the quality wood design enhances the bedroom’s aesthetics. The co-sleeper can also be turned into a bassinet bed or play crib as your baby grows. Simply order our Bassinet Conversion Kit to convert your babybay from a bedside sleeper to a standalone bassinet.