When you’re dealing with a baby who’s never slept soundly before, it’s important to have a plan in place.
For most parents, that means learning to sleep with a firm mattress and firm head, with the same soft padding as a bedspread, a pillow and a crib.
The goal is to avoid constricting the head and neck in sleep and to help the baby stay calm during the night.
A firm mattress can help with comfort and sleep, and if you’ve had a baby with a sleep-related ear infection, a mattress can prevent it.
“You want to make sure that the baby’s breathing is controlled and he is not breathing too deeply,” says Dr. Nancy Czernin, a sleep expert at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
A soft bed mattress can also help to help ease the neck and neck strain, especially if the head is a little bit too high.
“So if the neck is a bit too wide, you want to do something to reduce pressure,” she says.
Some parents also prefer to keep the mattress in place rather than use a pillows to help with sleep.
“If you can use the pillow and the mattress, that helps, but the baby is more comfortable in a pillow,” says Czarnin.
“I don’t recommend using pillows for babies who have been having ear infections, because they’re just not comfortable.”
A firm pillow will help with any discomfort you’re experiencing and the soft mattress can be used to help keep the baby awake.
If you’re having trouble sleeping and you feel stressed, try placing a pillow on your head or a pillow underneath your pillow, says Czyczenka.
This will help to keep you from having a headache or getting a sore neck or back.
Some babies are particularly sensitive to pressure, so if you notice that your baby is getting uncomfortably warm in the crib, try adding a towel or blanket over him.
When it comes to sleep hygiene, Czycik says you should be mindful of the crib and the baby.
“As you have the crib open, make sure you’re using the crib mats to provide a good level of support,” she explains.
If your baby does get a fever, you may want to take a temperature before starting sleep, or you may need to move the crib up or down.
“Make sure you take a look at the crib,” says Todie Gwynne, a certified sleep specialist with Czycek Sleep & Co. “It’s very important to do that.”
The best thing you can do for your baby and the best thing your baby can do is get comfortable and sleep sound.
You’ll want to see him sleep sound sleep.