Best advice for baby
As recommended by the World Health Organisation, the best sleeping position for a baby under 12 months old is on their back. Whilst sleeping, the baby’s face remains unobstructed which helps to reduce the risk of ‘rebreathing’ used air, suffocation, hyperthermia and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Although this position is recommended, this can also lead to certain symptoms in babies such as flat head syndrome. With the right equipment however, this can be prevented.
A newly born baby will have spent nine months in the foetal position inside their mother’s womb. Once born, they can quickly feel anxious in their new surroundings. It is therefore important to create a cosy environment for the newborn, as they will sleep for up to 20 hours per day. This environment should feel reassuring, supportive and comfortable. To achieve this, cot reducers, sleep aid, ergonomic mattresses etc. can be used and will aid baby’s sleep.
Reflux, colic and colds are the kinds of minor ailments that may disturb your baby's sleep. How can these sleep interruptions to sleep be kept to a minimum? Try using a cost or crib wedge with a 15% angle as recommended by health professionals.
From the age of three or four months, establish a regular bedtime routine so that baby can learn sleep mechanism and put them into practice. Babies who feel reassured will go to sleep easily and peacefully.
"A baby can travel from the age of 3 weeks and it is important they feel calm and soothed. Suitable travel equipment must be used to ensure baby feels comfortable at all times i.e. by using a bouncer, a swing, pushchair or even a car seat. Make sure you vary the position of your baby is in from time to time."