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Babies are wonderful, snuggly little miracles. They also cry, poop, spit-up and aren’t good sleepers.
And, while these conditions don’t last into childhood, a baby that doesn’t sleep can keep new parents from restful nights for the months to come.
Baby whisperer and nurse, Cara Dumaplin, has tips to change all that.
Dumaplin is a mother of four and the founder of Taking Cara Babies, an online sleep resource for parents of infants and toddlers.
She recently told Good Morning America,
I was exhausted. My baby was cranky and my husband was at the end of his rope. And that got me started on this journey to infant sleep. I just wasn’t the mom that I knew I could be.
Her problem inspired her to research science-based solutions. When she applied them to her own situation, she got the results she and her family were looking for.
Now, along with her team of baby health professionals, she helps other parents and their babies get a good night’s sleep.
She has these three tips for new moms and dads:
1. Give babies their own sleep space.
Provide your infant with their own cribs or bassinets without toys, blankets or pillows.
The American Association of Pediatrics recommends children under the age of 12 months sleep in cribs with no loose bedding or other items.
2. Give babies a warm, safe environment.
Infants are accustomed to sleeping in their mothers’ wombs.
Recreate this space by swaddling them in a blanket and using a sleep machine with womb-like noises.
3. Learn to read the signs of sleepiness in your baby.
Babies give cues when they are ready to sleep.
When they stare off or their eyebrows turn red, try putting them down in their cribs.
For more information and to see the online resources for healthy sleep for infants, visit Taking Cara Babies.
Soon, you, and the rest of the family will get the rest you need to survive this short-lived time!