"One of the toughest things about being a new parent is getting your infant to stay awake during feedings. You want them to eat as much as possible, but they just can't seem to keep their eyes open! Luckily for you, we have some tips that will help you get through this tough time."
After reading this intro paragraph, it might be expected that the post would contain information on how parents can keep their infants awake during feedings and provide tips on how to do so. It is also inferred that these tips are given by professionals in the field who are confident in what they're sharing with parents.
Sleep can be confusing for both parents and children. While newborns need a lot of sleep, as they grow and their needs change so does the amount that is needed to stay healthy. When infants are born they have an internal clock called circadian rhythm which helps regulate when we feel sleepy or not but this doesn't develop until about six months old! This means babies must rely on their parent's cues, like physical signals from being overstimulated or hungry to know when it is time for bedtime
Babies are on their own schedule and although they may be awake for only 45-90 minutes at a time, there is no need to worry. Homeostasis or sleep pressure builds up quite quickly in infants, so it's best not to try walking them around like you would an adult! The important thing during the waking period is making sure that your baby has enough milk before bedtime; this will help him stay asleep longer when he does finally fall back into slumberland.
Some parents are surprised to find that their babies don't want to stay awake during feedings. This is a common problem and can lead to many issues like wiggling, fussing, refusing the bottle or breast, etc. In this post, I'll share tips for how you can keep your baby awake during feeding time so that everyone stays happy!
Tips on keeping your baby awake during feeds:
Ways to keep your baby awake while breastfeeding
Babies sleep a lot. The amount of time they spend sleeping changes with age, but if you're the parent to one then it's important for your little one to be getting at least 15 hours every day. Homeostasis is our body’s natural way of accumulating 'sleep need' over time and this accumulated pressure builds up quickly in babies as their brains are still developing. This means that newborns can usually only tolerate about 45-90 minutes awake before needing a nap or some shut-eye! Toddlers have more leeway though; after all, toddlers do not develop circadian rhythms properly until 6 months old
Babies need to eat a lot of food to grow, so it's important that they stay awake during feedings. In order for your baby to remain alert and attentive, make sure you are holding them in an upright position and feeding them when they're hungry. You can also try using a pacifier or taking the time before feeding your baby to play with them and get them excited about eating their meal.
Your little one needs plenty of nutrients in order to grow big and strong! Babies have delicate tummies that can only handle small amounts at once, which means they may be fussy during feedings. Make sure you hold your baby in an upright position as much as possible while feeding him
Create an environment for eating, not sleeping
Babies should be fed at least every four hours, but some can go up to six. In order to keep your baby awake during feedings and prevent them from going into a deep sleep, here are some tips:
Light up the room. Take off their clothes and socks. Change up breastfeeding positions, burp them if needed, change diapers when necessary or desired; anything that will make your baby comfortable as they are still getting used to you being with them all of the time. Play music in a variety of genres for an even more engaging environment! Sing while feeding or play with your little one.
whichever makes him happy! Stroke palms and soles gently along his arms & feet after coming back from work so he feels secure around you again without having been away too long (as is often the case). Finish by wetting a washcloth that has been lukewarm water before rubbing it on their face during feedings to keep cool air circulating near the mouth area where milk. Blow air on your baby's cheeks or forehead to cool down after a bath, play music for them but don't forget to sing along with it either; you could also try playing together using toys in different ways so that they can explore new things.
Don't be afraid to move - move your baby around and burp them to keep them awake. If your baby seems drowsy, remove the bottle or gently unlatch and reposition to wake the baby. You can also blow the air gently on your baby's cheeks or forehead (avoid blowing air directly on the face), stroke her bare feet, or change her diaper.
Research shows that breastfeeding is a way to bond with a baby, but it can also be quite distracting. Playing music or singing and talking while nursing will not only help children stay motivated and excited about feeding time, but they'll have the experience of being in the womb all over again!
Breastfeeding has been shown to build lasting relationships between mothers and their children; however sometimes for both parties, breastfeeding sessions may become too much distraction. Some experts recommend playing soothing music before beginning feedings so as not to overwhelm the senses when finally getting close enough for feeding time - this might include classical tunes or soft jazz like Miles Davis' "So What." In addition, we are encouraged by recent research findings suggesting listening to calming songs could stimulate babies
As you can see, there are a number of common pitfalls that parents encounter while breastfeeding their newborns. The good news is that with some planning and preparation, they're all pretty easy to avoid. With all the information you've learned, it's time to put your knowledge into practice. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help keep your baby awake during feeding:
Try different positions for breastfeeding or bottle-feeding that might be more stimulating visually and tactilely for your little one (try switching from side-lying to sitting up).
These ideas should give you some fresh inspiration when trying to keep your newborn awake while nursing. If these strategies still don't work, we recommend talking to an expert on how best to do it.