Sleep props are the essentials that a baby depends upon to go to sleep when he is not able to do it himself. The sleep props are required as soon as your newborn arrives. Probably not in the initial couple of weeks when a baby seems to be exceptionally tired but later on, things being to change rather rapidly.
Your infant who used to venture into the dreamland with ridiculous ease seems to be getting into a fussy mood as soon as you put him down. And even if manages to go to sleep, he may get up after a few fleeting moments feeling some sort of discomfort.
And here we all thought that sleeping was the easiest thing in the world!
So, as parents we resort to some methods to assist our babies in sleeping. We can try out the traditional nursing, rocking, bouncing, swinging, singing, talking, cuddling and plenty of other conventional stuff. And sometimes it all becomes too complicated and these approaches also tend to take a lot of your time that you could have otherwise spent in carrying out other household chores.
So, with all the efforts involving the typical techniques in helping your baby fall asleep, you are also dead tired. You have to stay awake all through the night and since you just had your first baby so you’re your body is also undergoing the healing process.
Should you use sleep props?
It boils down to your individual preference and choice. There are different types of parents as well as infants out there.
Here are some of the most common things that we see parents doing with their newborns and sleep props:
- Parents tend to use the sleep props throughout the newborn period or until the baby gets sleep trained
- Some parents use sleep props for the newborns and in the times to come
- There are parents who make an earnest attempt not to use sleep props but are forced to do so by the ever-fussy infant. They have to use them often
- They endeavor not to use sleep props but use them often or when required
- There are parents who are not at all familiar with sleep props. They employ every possible technique in the book to try and help their baby fall asleep in place of sleep props
Now, let us discuss all the above mentioned types of parents and their reactions with regard to sleep props. Firstly, we have the parents who tend to use the sleep props throughout the newborn period or until the baby gets sleep trained. A number of parents prefer to wait to do some kind of sleep training. They consider newborns to be too fragile, weak and tired to be sleep-trained. For such parents, we would suggest to do the homework for a nice decent slumber such as noticing sleep indicators and waketimes, having an early bedtime, having an appropriate pre-sleep routine etc. This will make the transition to the sleep-training process a lot smoother. In addition, there are some babies who are easy going and probably only require some decent sleep habits to help them fall asleep with the minimum possible fuss. We sincerely hope that your baby is as good as the one described above.
For the second type of parents, we wonder why you are even here and reading out post!
Now, for the third and fourth types of parents, we would suggest you to do all the homework as mentioned above and give your best shot. There are some babies who naturally sleep better in comparison with others and can be taught to sleep easily. Some children can be fussy and it can take a lot of effort and time on part of the parents to teach them to sleep. If your baby is one of them and is having difficulty sleeping, then you probably are in need of sleep props.
Once you have done your homework, you can employ numerous sleep training methods. Here are a couple of posts on top sleep tips and sleep training defined that will help you train your infant fall asleep easily.
Finally, the fifth type of parents are quite common and after sifting through this post, they will become either one of the above four types of parents.
How to use sleep props?
The important thing that you ought to do, if you do not want to use sleep props, is to set up the groundwork to facilitate a nice decent sleep.
You can do this or bank on different sleep props purely because you do not want to sleep train your infant just now or because you are too tired to try those methods out or just because nothing seems to be going your way and the baby just won’t fall asleep. Hey, there are a lot more difficult hurdles ahead! You could use a swing to get your baby fall asleep. It is more important for your infant to get an adequate amount of slumber than him going to sleep on his own in his own bed.
If you use sleep props rarely, it will not cause a lot of issues. And even if you use them a lot and your child becomes over-reliant on them, live still goes on. Things can always be adjusted at a later point in time. Yes, it is true that if the habit has been strengthened over a prolonged period of time, your baby will certainly be averse to letting go of it. But it is far better than getting absolutely frustrated or being forced to do at an occasion when you really are not in the mood to do so.
Ensure that when you use those sleep props, use only the things that you really need. It is preposterous to try out rocking and bouncing and swinging when your baby is likely to fall asleep calmly in your arms. Your main aim should be to make the sleeping process as less cumbersome as possible.