Different Strategies To Put The Baby To Sleep

All you new parents may be currently experiencing or about to experience how difficult it really can be to put your baby to sleep. You’re also about to experience the beautiful feeling and sound of the baby finally snoozing, after intense emotions of frustration and headaches. I’m about to make you a list of common and unique methods I have used and had success with to put my baby to sleep.

Before I get into it, I know I’ve emphasized this in a few of my posts, like in how to survive the no sleep phase. I just find it’s one of the most important things: SLEEP WHEN YOUR BABY SLEEPS.

Switch up your technique, especially in the middle of the night

Often when you stick to the same method, eventually you may find it not working anymore, as they get use to whatever your doing. I have experienced this first hand, as well as many people before me. Research different techniques such as the ones I am going to provide, and have different tricks up your sleeve for if something isn’t going as planned.

Play soft guitar

guitarMaybe this is just mine, but I randomly picked it up one day as an experiment, and my 5 month old at the time absolutely loved it. I started using simple chords to stop his crying, and to put him to sleep. It worked like a charm until guess what? I overused it and became less effective. I’m not saying this is going to work for everyone as every baby is different, but keep it in mind and it may do wonders for you, just don’t overdo it!

There’s rumors that say your baby should be in complete silence while it falls asleep, and that he/she won’t be able to tolerate noise when they’re older if they constantly fall asleep with noise in the background. I don’t really think that’s entirely accurate though. I haven’t seen any evidence to prove that, also in the moment you probably won’t care; anything to get the baby to sleep.

Create a routine

routineMaking sure your baby sleeps at the same time every day and night is key. Even if he/she is tired, fight through it and keep your baby awake until their time to sleep has arrived. In the long run this will reward them with good sleep patterns when they’re older, as well as keep it as easy as it can be for you.

Heck, you might even be able to create a routine for yourself if you can get this one right, imagine that! P.s prepare to have absolutely little to no sleep schedule for at least the first 9 months.

Learn your baby’s behaviour when they’re tired

baby-yawnThe baby will likely show some signs of it being time for sleep; that you will be able to identify. Keep an eye out for things such as: Eye rubbing, certain noises, maybe even laughing a lot. They will likely develop certain patterns that you can use to your advantage.

Create Motion

holding-a-babyIn the beginning it will be easy, as you can just go about your day and your baby will fall asleep to your motions, but as they get older it doesn’t quite work like that. They kick and scream and start figuring out how to move and cause trouble. Try rocking your baby or creating some kind of motion that may be soothing to them, you’ll be surprised to find out what your baby likes. Mine personally enjoyed the classic rocking back and forth, as well as a very light shake.

I would bring my son to his room, slowly rock back and forth while playing a lion king soundtrack. That was one of my routines that worked really well, and a little bonus was I actually really enjoy the lion king track, unlike most baby tunes.

 

I got lots more where that came from, if you need information and can’t wait for me to post it, feel free to contact us and either me or my wife will help you out the best we can.

More Insight To Feed You

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I want everyone who reads my articles to meet Zo, one of my best friends. That is a picture of him above, that handsome devil. Zo is a great guy, he really inspired me with his extremely busy life style. The guy has 2 kids, a wife, runs a window cleaning company and somehow fits in the time to talk to me on the phone once a week.

Zo has basically been my anchor during my entire phase of transitioning into a dad, and a lot of the advice I offer on here stems from him. Continue reading “More Insight To Feed You”

It Takes Time

baby-on-the-wayI always knew before becoming a father that it would take me longer than the mom to really connect with our child. Of course transitioning from a regular guy to a father changes you; there’s no question about that, but I’ve realized after actually doing it that it’s not an instant thing. Not all but most fathers change over the course of a year or two. In the beginning you don’t really relate to the baby, and you’re still not really use to the fact that you can call yourself a dad. Things start really sinking in after you’ve spent thousands of hours caring for your newborn.

Before your child is born, you may feel a sense of worry, panic and anxiety – this is totally normal and you can expect to feel this way. It’s almost weird if you don’t feel any of these emotions actually because you really don’t know what’s coming. Know that when your baby comes out, you and your spouses emotions are going to be very high, and all of those negative feelings are going to go right out the window. All you’ll be able to think about is how lucky you are to have what you have; it’s truly a beautiful feeling. 

Will I be able to efficiently take care of my child?

I spend a lot of time on this blog trying to emphasize the fact that most parents are harder on themselves than necessary. I want to ease your mind so that you can spend that energy looking after your child, instead of worrying. This is a question almost every parent asks themselves at one point or another. You can use my posts as a way of feeling comfortable, yes, you are going to do great. You will make mistakes, and their will be hardships, but remember that just even the fact that you’re online finding information like this means you care, and you won’t be a bad parent. I do recommend you take some kind of parenting classes so you are properly educated, just don’t beat yourself up over the emotions your feeling, everyone goes through it.

Mistakes New Parents Make Frequently

sunsetAll parents make mistakes. Whether your brand new to parenting, or your on number 5; it’s inevitable that you’re going to get frustrated and make irrational decisions. The truth is there is no formula to being a parent, but people tend to compare themselves to what they believe is an expert caregiver. You should absolutely take advice from others with experience, but if you want your child to have a unique upbringing it’s going to come from being yourself and not trying to be perfect all the time. Here are some very common mistakes I see happening frequently:

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Paid A Visit To My Best Friend This Week

If you read the page Our Story, you know I’m all about helping new mothers and fathers, this weekend was quite an eye opener for me because I saw a family that’s very similar to mine; part of their influence came from the same place. I’ve been doing a bit of travelling lately, and I decided to pay a visit to my hometown. I stayed with my best friend from high school, his girlfriend and their 8 month old son. It was great to catch up. He knew of my family and I knew of his but we hadn’t been properly introduced, so this was a nice weekend and a good opportunity to get to know each other.

Vancouver Island

The trip was completely packed with adventures. We spent just about every day at a beach, hiking mountains and visiting the many tourist attractions they have on Vancouver Island. These two that I visited; Taylor And Steph live in Nanaimo B.C, but we went to Victoria, as well as Tofino.

taylor-and-stephThis is a picture of those two in tofino, I’m so proud of them.

Tofino has got to be hands down the most beautiful place on earth; it’s got a very nice and calming vibe to it. We stayed in a cabin on Long Beach to start the trip, then we went all the way down to Victoria, what a beautiful place. We did some whale watching and mountain hiking on numerous mountains, tuckered ourselves right out. After our last hike we went back to Nanaimo and spent some time with Taylor’s relatives. Taylor told me all about his new company called: Tree Service Nanaimo – his words were “yes it’s been a lot of work, but man is the money nice.” This summer he was making close to $15,000 a month in profit, which makes me really happy because he has been worried about money his whole life, so it’s awesome to see him doing well.

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How Do You Guys Like My Posts?

Hey guys, sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been running around everywhere lately. I’m looking for a few people I know I can help to come view this website, so feel free to share motherschoicebirth with any friends or family you think could benefit from it.

Feel free to leave a comment below, or visit my contact page if you would like to add to my information, or if you just want to chat.

I have a long day ahead of me, I set my alarm for 4 am today and I woke up at 3:30, decided to come check in with you guys, see if anyone wants me to make some changes!

Anyways I hope you all have a good day! I’m off to make a nice big sandwich, relax for 10 minutes and help my brother move. I found a funny video I want to share:

Food Allergies

A food allergy occurs when your immune system reacts poorly to a certain organism and the chemical imbalance causes a reaction of some kind. Whether the reaction is minor or major, food allergies should be taken very seriously and I advise every parent to do their research.

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Peanut butter’s good for you, feed it to your children if they can eat it, but keep it at home as the risks can be quite high.

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Adoption

Baby Boy Set
baby-boy-setI am adopted. My parents are very kind and caring people, and I am still in contact with them today, and always have been. Basically my parents were 18 years old when I was born and they didn’t feel that they were fit to take on the responsibility once I was actually present. I was understanding growing up, never held any resentment or anything, and I know that people are young and stupid sometimes… Having said that, I wanted to come on here to try and drill into the younger bunch who choose to follow this blog to not only wear a condom… But make sure you are ready for the decision to have a child before you go and do it. I’ve seen too many poor decisions when it comes to this topic and it’s not something to take lightly. No the sky isn’t falling if you make a poor decision, but man are you impacting not only yourself but the people around you, likely people you care about the most.

Please, people, think before you act.

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