Baby’s Sleep – It’s Importance And Soothing Methods

Baby’s Sleep – It’s Importance And Soothing Methods

Baby’s Sleep

Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. This includes all members of your household. Sleep deprivation is unhealthy for babies as well as adults. When your baby has a good night’s sleep everyone else does. New parents are often heard exchanging information regarding the exact time when their newborn baby slept through the night or what is the best baby mattress or does sleep position matters. It is an important milestone in the life of the child and its family.

Are you a parent who is still waiting for that magic moment? These simple tips will provide you with actions you can take to encourage your baby to sleep through the night. These tips will not necessarily work for everyone and they may not work right away, however, these basic steps will point you in the right direction and you and your whole family can begin enjoying full nights of sleep.

To begin with, many new parents are unaware of how much sleep your baby really needs. Newborns and infants younger than 6 months old need about 14 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. For babies in the 6 to 12 month age range, the amount is 13 to 14 hours, and, babies over 1-year-old need 12 to 13 hours of sleep. These amounts are probably more than you expected.

Reasons your baby needs the recommended amount of sleep:

Learning and Memory

Well-rested children seem to learn more rapidly than those who are tired. Have you ever tried to learn something new after a bad night’s sleep? Good sleep is essential to a new baby’s cognitive development. Their brains are constantly absorbing new information.


In the same way that is it dangerous for you to drive a car in a sleep-deprived state, it is also dangerous for babies to carry out their daily activities when they are sleepy. During their day, babies and toddlers play with their activity centers and toys. These activities require a certain amount of concentration. Lack of sleep reduces their ability to concentrate.


Child psychologists have found a direct link between sleep deprivation and behavior problems. When a child is tired they are more likely to become at least a little cranky. Sometimes this fatigue translates into an overactive type of behavior that makes the child seem hyperactive when in fact they are actually tired. Try changing their bedding; it may be that their clothing is too rough or hot for them.


Lack of rest has a negative impact on your body’s immune system. Tired children are more susceptible to contracting viruses.


A study conducted at Harvard concluded that sleep problems in babies and toddlers may be linked to obesity. The human body releases a hormone called leptin and one called ghrelin. Leptin signals the body that it is full and ghrelin signals that the body is hungry. In sleep-deprived individuals, leptin levels drop followed by a spike in ghrelin. Therefore, if you are sleepy, you may become hungry and eat when you should be sleeping.


Researchers believe that sleep problems may cause depression. If you begin to experience sleep problems, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AAS) strongly recommends that you see a sleep specialist. Depression is the most common form of mental health problem and in recent years, depression appears to be just as common in children as it is in adults. Research has found that as many as 1 in33 children suffer from depression. It is therefore important to monitor sleep problems in your child from as early an age as possible.

With these facts being shown, it is concluded that children need more sleep than we thought, and thus the reason why it is important. Let’s get started on helping your baby sleep through the night!

Soothing Methods for Your Baby

A parent hearing their baby scream for the first time is a magical moment in their lives. But let’s be real about the whole picture, after a few weeks of sleepless nights and headaches, the screaming doesn’t feel so magical.

Babies cry whenever they are hungry, hurt, or just want attention. It’s common for new parents to need some help understanding how to help calm their child, and keep the screaming to a minimum. There are some soothing methods called ‘The Five S’, made famous by Harvey Karp, MD. These are explained as follows:

Swaddle – This involves wrapping your baby up to imitate the feeling of being in the womb. Babies are in tune with being swapped up in warm, cozy positions.

SHH – Making ‘’Shh’’ sounds help to calm babies. This is believed it’s because it sounds like the noises babies would hear in the womb.

Side/Stomach – Again this is designed to mimic how the baby felt in the womb. Laying them on their sides or stomach will be similar to a position they are used to.

Swing – A gentle swing motion is similar to the motion the baby felt as the mother was moving around while pregnant. This is very effective at having a calming effect on the baby.

Sucking – Giving a baby something to suck on, like a pacifier or their thumb will calm them. It’s also thought to reduce the risk of SIDS.

These methods work well, sometimes used in combination with each other, or each individually. There are some other methods too, however, so if you’re still struggling to calm your baby try some of these methods:

Bouncing – Babies love being bounced up and down gently. You can also do this with a classic rocking chair. It can become a bit tiring if you’re doing it yourself, so it’s worth trying to find a swing to help.

Use a Dark Room – Bright lights make babies more alert. Make the room darker to help calm them down, this is also believed to be effective because it reminds the baby of being in a dark womb.

Check for Problems – You should always check that your baby is comfortable and healthy. Is there an issue with trapped gas making them uncomfortable? Are the clothes a little too tight? These things can make a baby restless and cry.

Whenever your baby is crying it’s after one of a few things; food, attention, or comforting. So as time goes on you will become a lot more familiar with your babies needs and wants, making your job of calming them down a lot easier.

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Not My Michigan

A Michigan student-athlete turned Registered Nurse on the Michigan Medicine contract negotiations in 2018.


It's May 1st, 2016. I'm bright-eyed, eager, and graduating from the University of Michigan as a Nursing Student and Student-Athlete.

I am ready to take on the world the way that Michigan taught me how: fearlessly, compassionately, and wholeheartedly. I bleed blue. I know what it means to be a Wolverine and to represent the Michigan Difference in everything I do. I wear the block M on my School of Nursing scrubs and my Michigan Dance Team uniform well aware that it represents goodness, tradition, and excellence. I am determined. I am inspired. I am ready.

It's Monday, September 17th, 2018. What does Michigan mean to me now? I used to be so sure. Now, I simply don't know. So, what's the deal? How did my view on an institution become so indifferent in recent months?

I chose U of M to start my nursing career because it had the widely known reputation of putting its patients first, respecting its nurses, and providing the best care to patients in the state (5th in the country, to be exact). In my first year, as I was clumsily learning how to push patient stretchers, titrate intravenous vasopressors, and to communicate with the medical team, I proudly participated in our hospital's effort to achieve Magnet status.

When Nursing earned Magnet Status, an award given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center and indicator of the strength and quality of Nursing at Michigan, I felt that same pride as I did in May of 2016.

I knew in my heart that I picked the best institution to develop my nursing practice and to give high quality, patient-centered care to anyone who walked, rolled, or was carried through the doors of Adult Emergency Services. The hospital's goals were aligned with mine and those around me. We put patients first, and more specifically, we put patients over profits.

I am lucky enough to work at a hospital that has been unionized for more than four decades. When I started working, the concept of a union was foreign to me. For those who may need a refresher, unions promote and protect the interests of all employees. They collectively bargain with employers to secure written agreements for employees regarding pay, benefits, and working conditions.

Collective bargaining agreements are legally enforceable contracts holding employers and employees to mutually agreed-to workplace rules and process to provide a fair and just workplace. The University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, an affiliate of the Michigan Nurses Association, has been working diligently since January to bargain with the University of Michigan to protect me, the 5,700 nurses who work within the institution, and our patients. I'd like to think they're the good guys in this story.

Here's where things get sticky: David Spahlinger, president of our prestigious U of M health system, has publicly stated that Michigan is "committed to maintaining current staffing levels," but will not make this commitment in writing. Common sense is reflected in the most high-quality research on the topic of nurse-patient ratios and its direct effect on patient care.

Appropriate staffing allows me and my coworkers to give the quality of care that I know we have the ability to provide. High staffing levels are associated with reduced mortality, falls, medication errors, ulcers, restraint use and infections. Unregulated staffing is a significant barrier to nurses' abilities to provide optimal patient care and prevents Nursing at Michigan from providing what we know to be the Michigan Difference in healthcare.

UMPNC held voting on a work stoppage for unfair labor practices last week. Out of 4,000 votes cast by nurses at the U, 94% authorized a work stoppage in protest of the University's unfair labor practices. No date is set, but our elected nurse bargaining team now has the authority to call for action.

Thank you to Katie Oppenheim, who chairs our union, for reiterating in an article to the Detroit Free Press that a work stoppage is not our goal. "Our goal is a fair agreement which respects nurses and guarantees safe staffing. The university can remedy this situation immediately by stopping their unfair labor practices and bargaining in good faith."

I am proud to be a nurse and I hope that our efforts to keep Michigan a patients-over-profits institution are recognized at the community, state, and national level. Anne McGinity, David Spahlinger, and those who have the power to make Michigan the magical place I once thought it was, make like Nike and just do it. For the love of patients, nurses, and our great University. I know we are better than this.

(Stay Tuned, folks).

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To The Hippie Who Taught Me What True Friendship Is

"Thank you for always playing the devil's advocate when there's a situation that I need help with. You have taught me what it is like to see a situation from several points of views."


Dear my tie-dye wearing, peace-loving, hippie:

In this letter I want to thank you for being one of the best humans in my life. You have constantly been the best friend through thick and the thin. Through all of the people I have met at the University of Arizona, you have by far been the most consistent, loyal, and most loving friend. I'll probably miss a lot of thank you's that are in order, but I'll do my best.

Thank you for always playing the devil's advocate when there's a situation that I need help with. You have taught me what it is like to see a situation from several points of views. This has helped shape my perspective on life, so much. I usually tend to be somewhat pessimistic, but you always make sure that I am taking everything with a grain of salt, and I really think twice about every decision I am making.

Through all of our adventures, our yearly music festival has to take the cake. This past year was the weekend when we began to get even closer than before, and I am so grateful for that. You are easily one of the people I want to see at my wedding standing next to me as my bridesmaid. I am so happy that we are becoming more and closer because you are one of the best people I have met.

You have taught me what it means to put your friends first, over any guy that might come into either of our lives. Even though your previous relationship, you always made time for me and made sure I knew I was a priority through your actions. This meant a lot, and spoke so much to your character; I'll never forget that!

When I went through one of the worst breakups of my life, you were there building me up, and telling me how much I was worth. I am so grateful for a friend like you! You always see the best in every situation and always make sure to push your friends to do the same.

Thank you so much for all the sodas and snacks from the Park Student Union. Thank goodness one of us has the Gold meal plan! You always come through with all the munchies and drinks, and never ever act like it's a burden (Such a true friend!).

Finally, the last thank you I have, is for your humor. Your humor is seriously one of the bests, and you always make me laugh no matter what we're up to. I have never met someone who genuinely laughs when I make dad jokes, most people roll their eyes! Whenever I am sad or even a little down, you'll say something that will just make me cry from laughter. I am so grateful for that as well.

Overall, you are seriously one of the best people on this planet, and I am so grateful to be one of your best friends. I can't wait to make even more memories together this year with you. This is the year you turn 21, and I can't wait to legally celebrate with you finally!

I love you to death!


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