When a child enters our life, it brings a number of surprises and challenges, of course not totally unexpected. It is a time when couples are happy, excited and embark on a new chapter of their journey together. They try to raise their babies in the best way possible. They start planning for the baby and thinking about its future. Parents start dreaming about their babies growing into a fine young man or woman and achieving great things in life. However, coming back to the process of raising a baby, you have to be caring and as soft as possible because they are very sensitive.
A proper sleeping routine is one of the most important things that you should remember while raising a baby. A baby needs a good amount of sleep accompanied by a proper feeding. Though there is no particular sleeping hours for a baby, they usually sleep long hours in a day. Some might sleep for really long hours while others hardly sleep at all, but this is all perfectly normal among babies. The sign of a baby getting enough sleep is its being happy and cheerful when awake. If the baby is grumpy and unhappy while it’s awake, then it might be due to lack of sleep. Every baby has a different sleep pattern but parents should ensure that it gets sufficient sleep.
The average number of hours of sleep that babies need may differ according to their month and age. There are some sleeping problems that are associated with babies and you should help them avoid it by creating an effective schedule. Establishing good sleeping habits goes a long way in ensuring that your baby grows up happily and without any issues. Breastfeeding is important for the growth and development of the baby. It is a known fact that babies who sleep with their mothers get more amount of breastfeeding and also continue to get it for a longer time.
However, it is a better idea to let babies sleep alone to avoid sleep accidents like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which are at the greatest risk during two to three months of age. At this age it is best to let the baby sleep near the mother but separately on a cradle. This allows the baby to sleep separately in peace while the mother can also look after it.
A cradle is one of the most important things to have while raising a baby. It is basically a special bed designed for babies to sleep, from the time they are born until they grow out of infancy. The most important feature of a cradle is the safety envelope that is formed around the bed. It provides comfort, protection and freedom to the baby to enjoy its naps. Infants can also play in them as they can be decorated with toy hangers and soft toys.
There are two main types of cradles that are available in the market – stationary and portable cradles. While the stationary ones are mostly made of wood and are designed to be placed in the bedrooms, the portable ones can be moved around and are made of light metals with padding around the area that is in contact with the baby. The portable cradles are more popular nowadays due to their convenience and the useful features that accompany them.
Majority of the portable cradles are designed in such a way that you can dismantle them easily and folded, so that they do not require much space while storing. The height of these cradles can also be adjusted into different heights to suit the parents or the baby. There is also swing locking facility that allows you to keep the cradle from rocking while the baby is asleep so that it is not disturbed, and also ensures safety of the kid when you are not around. Some of them have their own mosquito nets, which are very important to keep the baby safe from mosquitoes and other insects that can harm it. The fabrics used are selected from the most baby friendly materials and you can rest assured that your baby will sleep soundly and happily in these cradles.
Some of the more trusted names in baby cradles are Mothertouch, New Natraj, Infanto and MeeMee among others. Let your child enjoy the comforts of sleeping in its own bed, independently. Lull the baby to sleep by singing sweet songs while rocking the cradle. Decorate the cradle with adorable toys and musical hangers to make it a lovely cocoon for the baby.
Divya Kumari is a author who is interested in writing on topics related to baby care, family & parenting tips. In this article she has explained about baby sleeping & benefits of baby cradles which is a special bed designed for babies to sleep. I am a mother of 4 years old daughter & has the hobby of traveling, meeting people & reading books related to baby care.