When making your newborn to sleep seems like a daunting task, gush! Don’t take it so hard, instead take it light? It’s understandable that every parent has to undergo sleepless nights during feeding phase or taking time to make your baby fall asleep. There are various recommended relaxing activities as suggested by pediatricians to help your baby sleep better at night. The techniques include warm baths and one such measure comes up is white noise.
While white noise may help your baby fall asleep, there are some significant long-term consequences as well. This article will throw some light about the white noise and its advantages you can use as your go-to baby sleeping measure. This will also highlight the reasons of repeated crying of your baby, the remedial measures to adopt, the colic timing and how much sleep is required during infant’s lifecycle process.
What’s the deal with white noise for babies?
The sounds that mask other sounds that might happen naturally in an environment is referred to as White noise. If you live in a city, for instance, white noise could help obstruct noises associated with traffic.
Particular sounds might be useful to help promote sleep irrespective of environmental noises. For example: creating sounds like rainforest or soothing beach sounds.
Take the help of machines which have been especially designed to be used with your little ones. Some are equipped with instrumental lullabies and even a heartbeat noise that is used to imitate that of the mother.
According to the groundbreaking 1990 study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood reveals white noise could be of much use.
• 40 newborns were studied.
• It was reported that 80% were able to fall asleep after five minutes of hearing white noise.
Advantages for white noise for babies
1. Babies may be able to fall asleep faster after hearing white noise in the background.
2. White noise can obstruct household noise such as older siblings.
3. Some toddler white noise machines have a heart beat setting imitating the mother, which gives comfort for newborns.
# 1 . White noise may help sleep
The most evident benefit of white noise for babies is the fact that it could make them fall asleep. If you observe that your baby falls asleep even at noisy times outside of bedtime or regular nap time, then they might react positively to white noise.
Your baby might be habituated to being encompassed by noise, so a completely quiet environment could have the opposite impact when it comes the time for your infant’s sleep.
# 2. Sleep aids can mask household noises
Multiple children of different age-groups in families could also be benefitted with white noise machines.
For example : If your infant takes a nap but there is another child in your family who no longer take naps, white noise can obstruct the noises of siblings so your infant can sleep better.
How to identify why your baby is crying endlessly?
Babies often do cry for many reasons. It’s the way to capture your attention and express their needs. However, at first it becomes difficult for every parent to recognize your baby’s different cries, but once you spend more time listening, you will become better at identifying and meeting out your baby’s needs.
Watching the episodes of your baby crying endlessly makes you crazy? As a parent, you will try to figure out what’s wrong with your baby that is preventing him to cry on and on. Observe that whether your baby is not suffering from:
• frequent disagreeableness
• extreme behavioral fluctuations
• Sleepiness or fatigue
• Wet or dirty diaper
• Overstimulation from noise or activity
• Colic, acid reflux, or food allergies
• Pain or illness
• Stranger anxiety or fear
What to do with your Baby’s colic episodes?
Parents can even go insane when they see their little bundle of joy crying non-stop. Experiencing a colic episode may make parents feel angry, helpless and frustrated when everything they try to stop the crying fails miserably. What to do now? The answer is simple. You can follow the pediatrician Harvey Karp advice to use the Five S’s, which recreate the womb environment and activate your baby’s calming reflex.
• Swaddling. Cover up your baby in a blanket so he feels secure.
• Side or stomach position: You can hold your infant so he can lie down on their side or stomach. But always put them on their back at the time of your infant’s sleep.
• Shushing: Create “white noise” that drowns out other noises: hair drier, run the vacuum cleaner, fan or clothes drier.
• Swinging: Create a rhythmic motion of any kind such as taking your baby for a ride in a stroller or car.
• Sucking : Make the baby suck on something such as a pacifier.
Don’t Do Tip : NEVER NEVER shake a baby
Shaken Baby Syndrome happens when a baby is shaken. The blood vessels in a baby’s head cannot tolerate the affect of shaking and can break.
• Each year about 1,000 children die from Shaken Baby Syndrome.
• Death, brain damage, mental retardation, seizures, or blindness may result from shaking a baby.
• Shaking usually happens when parents or caregivers become frustrated or angry when they are not able to stop the baby from crying.
• Shaken baby syndrome is 100% preventable.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
How to know about the timing of Colic (Episodes of crying)
Colic usually starts at two weeks after a baby’s due date, reaches a peak about six weeks past the due date and gradually stops by the time the baby turns 12-14 weeks old (that means four months past the due date). Your baby’s crying may diminish gradually past the six-week time, or one day your baby might just stop the habitual crying spells altogether. It’s understood you may feel that it’s endless and unbearable while you are in the midst of it but it will end.
How much sleep does your baby need
• Newborns: maximum 18 hours total per day, while waking up every few hours for feedings
• 1-2 months: babies can sleep 4-5 hours at a stretch.
• 3-6 months: sleep amounts to at night that can range between 8-9 hours, plus short daytime naps
• 6-12 months: 14 hours of sleep total, with 2-3 naps during the day.
White noise may be a temporary measure but not a permanent cure-all solution for babies. After some period of time, your baby may get dependent on the white noise to fall asleep. It’s best to reduce the exposure of white noise machines once your baby gets old. You may consult your pediatrician if your baby is having trouble sleeping on their own as they age.