Tonight we bust a few of those baby sleeping myths. For new parents getting a baby to sleep can be challenging. Dr. Harvey Karp, author of “The Happiest Baby on the Block”, gave us some helpful tips.
Sleep deprivation is the number one complaint Dr. Karp receives from new parents.
“They’re tired, they can’t take it. As a matter of fact, the lack of sleep was more a problem than the lack of money, in most families,” said Dr. Harvey Karp, Author of “The Happiest Baby on the Block”.
Exhausted families will try just about anything to get their little one to bed, but be careful, not all those “Old Wives Tales” work – like “babies need quiet to sleep”.
Dr. Karp says that’s incorrect because inside the womb the sound is louder than a vacuum cleaner, 24/7! Adults, like the sounds of waves, the sound of wind, that’s more calming. He adds that for babies it’s essential for turning on their calming reflex.
You’ve probably been told to never wake a sleeping baby.
“Total myth: you have to wake a sleeping baby. What I call in the happiest baby guide to great sleep the wake and sleep method. So what you do is let them fall asleep. You slide them into bed and then you wake them up a little bit. In that ten seconds before they fall back asleep they are now learning how to put themselves to sleep,” said Dr. Karp.
With Dr. Karp’s tips and techniques, you can start teaching your baby to sleep better from the first week!
For more information, visit ( happiestbaby.com ).
Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Jessica Solis.