Wonderful sounds for sleep

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The environment that your baby enjoyed for nine long months in the womb was not one of absolute quiet. There was a constant symphony of sound – your heartbeat and fluids rushing in and out of the placenta. (Remember those sounds from when you listened to your baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler stethoscope?) Research indicates that “white noise” sounds or soft bedtime music helps many babies to relax and fall asleep more easily. This is most certainly because these sounds create an environment more familiar to your baby than a very quiet room.

Many people enjoy using soothing music as their baby’s sleep sound. If you do, choose bedtime music carefully. Some music (including jazz and most classical music) is too complex and stimulating. For music to be soothing to your baby pick simple, repetitive, predictable music, like traditional lullabies. Tapes created especially for putting babies to sleep are great choices. Pick something that you will enjoy listening to night after night, too. (Using a tape player with an automatic repeat function is helpful for keeping the music going as long as you need it to play).

There are widely available, and very lovely, “nature sounds” tapes that work nicely, too, as well as those small sound-generating or white noise devices and clocks you may have seen in stores. The sounds on these – raindrops, a bubbling brook or running water – often are similar to those sounds your baby heard in utero. A ticking clock or bubbling fish tanks also make wonderful white-noise options.

“I went out today and bought a small aquarium and the humming noise does seem to relax Chloe and help her to sleep. I didn’t buy any fish though. Who has time to take care of fish when you’re half asleep all day?” Tanya, mother of 13-month-old Chloe

You can find some suitable tapes and CDs made especially for babies or those made for adults to listen to when they want to relax. Whatever you choose, listen to it first and ask yourself: Does this relax me? Would it make me feel sleepy if I listened to it in bed?

If you must put your baby to sleep in a noisy, active house full of people, keeping the tape running (auto rewind) will help mask baby-waking noises like dishes clanking, people talking, siblings giggling, TV, dogs barking, etc. This can also help transition your sleeping baby from a noisy daytime house to which he’s become accustomed subconsciously to one of absolute nighttime quiet.

Once your baby is familiar with his calming noise, or music, you can use these to help your baby fall back to sleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Simply soothe him by playing the music (very quietly) during the calming and falling-asleep time. If he wakes and cries, repeat this process.

If your baby gets used to his sleep time sounds you can take advantage of this and take the tape with you if you will be away from home for naptime or bedtime. The familiarity of these sounds will help your baby sleep in an unfamiliar environment.

Eventually your baby will rely on this technique less and less to fall and stay asleep. Don’t feel you must rush the process; there is no harm in your baby falling asleep to these gentle sounds. When you are ready to wean him of these you can help this process along by reducing the volume by a small amount every night until you finally don’t turn the music or sounds on at all.

Babies enjoy these peaceful sounds, and they are just one more piece in the puzzle that helps you to help your baby sleep – gently, without any crying at all.

Excerpted with permission by McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Publishing from The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley. Copyright 2002

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DouDou, Welcome Home

Hello World!!

After stying in hospital for 4 nights, we finally got discharge permission from the hospital. The whole exciting family carry the new little member back home, I cannot wait to put doudou in the cot.
however it is worth to do a little summary of what’s happend with baby and mum when staying in the hospital. Let’s start from the mum:

  • Cannot Sleep!!! This would be the first feeling for every young mum after having the baby, especially for my dear wife who had only 9 hours sleep in 5 days. If no pain killer used during labour, the baby will be more active. Good for the baby, bad for the mum.
  • Get recovered. After giving birth to a baby, the mum lost huge amount of energy or from Chinese medicine point of view: “chi”, which controls human body’s physical condition. Therefore eat well drink well and stay away from cold.
  • Get Exercise. My parent said mum should stay in bed as long as she can, the doctor here suggested that new mum should do some exercise when she feels all right, I think after a few days, when she feel ok, she can have a little walk as this will help to get recover soon.
  • Start to learn. Even though we read lots of related to baby caring, when deals with real situation, still no clue of what to do. Therefore, ask mid wife whenever you had question. Such as nappie change, warp the baby or give the bath. Sometime different mid wife have their own routine to do the same thing, pick up the one you think suitable for you. Plus normally, some hospital have parenting class for new parent, it is also very good place to learn and asking questions.
  • Start to feeding the baby. Different person have different experience with this, some baby pick up quite easily some are not, like my DouDou, she still not learning how to do a proper sucking without the nipple shield. This can be very frustrating as baby will keep crying without having enough milk, mum and everyone else were worried. One quick way to help is as mentioned earlier, using nipple shield. The ultimate solution is still teaching the baby to learn how to do proper sucking, be patient this process may take a few weeks.

All right, for the baby, simple and not simple:

  • Eat, Drink, Poo, Wee and Sleep are 5 skills that all baby have. DouDou does not need eat anything for the first 36 hours. however she had more than 8 poo for the first 24 hours, the color is pretty similar to black sesame.
  • Learning new things. DouDou is learning new thing everyday. how to control legs, arms how to eat and drink (although not success in the first few days), how to see things, try a different new crying skills or different combination of  “gugugaga” and getting to know everything outside the mum’s tummy.
  • Get checked, Get immunization.

Almost every mum and every baby will have similar experience. Hopefully this will help.

How to Bath Your Baby

The second thing we learned is how to bath the baby, the step is pretty the same as illustrated from the video,

  • Wet the clean paper wipe, use four Conrer for cleaning two eyes two ears, and the rest for the whole face, when clean the eyes don’t wipe too hard just clean the sticky thing that would be all right
  • For the body pretty straightforward wipe and clean then u ready for th bath
  • Check if the temperature is suitable for the baby. When you put you hand in the water make sure you feel warm not hot.
  • Holding the baby with one arm, put her head against your elbow, using the same hand lock her arm, using the other hand to lock the root of the lag on the same side. Now the baby is ready for a little fun in the water.

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As you can image, when we preparing for the bath she was crying for the whole stage, however as soon as the mid wife put her under the water, she stop crying and with a very satisfication emotion on her little face. Now I have a nice and clean baby!!