Sleeping Safely for babies

Is rocking a baby to sleep good?

Don’t even think about it! Of course, it is good to rock a baby especially if it is to put him to sleep… this is a phrase that will be repeated by many people who have not experienced being parents and who have not lived the experience of carrying a baby for more than 2 hours … Rocking is known as the movement that parents use to put a baby to sleep “quickly” commonly accompanied by a relaxing singing. Is the goal for the baby to fall asleep or stop crying quickly, but what happens when the rocking doesn’t work anymore? Liliana Amaro –Children Sleep Coach listed for you the advantages and disadvantages of rocking a baby.

-Fosters attachment-Create dependency
-Safety-Anxiety for parents
Multisensory stimulation (hearing, sight, touch)-About stimulation before sleep
-Calms crying if it is soft-May upset the child if the parent makes it strong
-Feeling of tranquility-Tiredness in parents
-Help the baby fall asleep-Poor posture

The rocking must be limited and not resort to it at all times, it is common to see parents and grandparents who continue to rock even without having a baby in their arms, it is here when the excess of rocking already creates a unconscious movement in adults and is noticeable. Now it is in this case when the baby also usually has dependency.

Rocking a newborn is easy and beautiful, but when you have become accustomed to this in a short time it will be a difficult task that does not achieve the objectives you achieved in the beginning, make the little one sleep, this is when sleep problems begin to occur because the parents can no longer do it, the child is uncomfortable or already heavier.

The most common advice of Liliana Amaro is to be aware that we are willing to do it in the long term, if you decide that you are going to rock your baby to fall asleep from birth you must think of this as a contract that when you want to break it will have consequences since it is necessary an explanation and a strategy to reward the little one for our change of decision.

The skin-to-skin contact offered by the rocking is recommended, but this can be done during the day when the baby is 100% alert, so you can enjoy the wholesale experience.

If you’re stuck in the cycle of wanting to stop rocking, but don’t know how you can contact and start positive change right away.

About the author

Liliana Amaro

International Children Sleep Coach
(Breastfeeding Advisor, Child Massage Instructor, Baby Sign Language Instructor)

I’m Liliana Amaro the founder of Zzleep My Baby and certified as Child & Baby Sleep Consultant, Brisbane based; but currently servicing Internationally covering many regions in Australia, North and South America, Europe and Asia. Zzleep my baby was established to provide support to parents with newborn babies, infants, toddlers, twins and kids under 10 who struggle to sleep at night.

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