When the mother discovers the pregnancy and even arrives from the maternity with her newborn baby the thousands of doubts can start to arise about the care that you should have with your baby. One of the doubts and also one of the controversies among moms is where to put the baby to sleep at night or even on naps during the day. It is important to say that the newborn baby misses the environment that was throughout the pregnancy. The maternal womb is no longer his home and now he needs to adapt to the new situation and, of course, mommy too, receiving a new member in the family moves a lot with the routine and some adaptations are necessary and then the question comes in, put the crib in the parents’ room?Leave the baby from the first day in his own room? leave a Moses in the room? sleep in the stroller? Sleep in the couple’s bed?
Daddies prepare a room or a corner in their home for the long-awaited baby and find themselves in a dilemma and afraid to leave him alone in the room after birth. I was a fan of the crib in the bedroom,although many friends use putting their newborn baby straight into the room after birth to sleep at night or during the day, I found it more practical to leave it with me for the first few months. Not only because of the concern for safety, but also to facilitate during the night and when breastfeeding. The oldest was from a newborn baby to 1 year old with me in the same room, I was much more insecure than today and that made a difference to my peace of mind at that time. As soon as I moved the crib to her room, she didn’t sleep but one day in my room. Although this has been my experience, experts advise just the opposite, put your baby to sleep from day one in his own room to get used to it and not be so dependent when he is older.
Of course, nowadays the technology is very advanced and there are more and more devices and equipment that can help in monitoring the newborn baby in its own environment. There is even video monitoring for dads to stay calm at night. The market for this type of equipment, baby monitors, has grown more and more each day and has also become increasingly accessible, because with the ease of travel abroad, purchasing is much more affordable in these cases of import and even for purchases in Brazil. The only situation that no specialist recommends, nor would I advise, is to put the newborn baby to sleep in the couple’s bed.It may seem very comfortable and easy for mom, but the risks are great when you think about safety. Imagine sleeping after a few days of a few hours of sleep and running the risk of turning on top of the baby, or breastfeeding lying down and falling asleep with the breast on top of the baby’s nose? That is why it is advisable to have a place where the baby can sleep alone, whether in a baby cot, crib stroller, crib to be fitted in the parents’ room, or even in his own room.
My friend Alice has a couple of childrenand told how his experiences were. “Before having Natália I said that I would never put the baby to sleep in my room, I said that the couple’s privacy has to be maintained even after the birth of the children, but when I arrived from the maternity hospital it was totally different. Natália stayed in my room for 4 months until she got the confidence to leave her alone in her little room. With Murilo it was different, I already knew that he would stay in the room for the first months and with 3 months I also moved to the room where Natália was already sleeping. Both transitions were smooth, because I always put to sleep during the day in the room to get used to. I continue with the opinion that the couple should have their space, but if they agree they can give up only at that moment when it may become necessary to welcome the baby for some time in the room. “
As I said in the manual, the best position for the newborn baby to sleep is on his side or turned on his back, according to the most current guidance of pediatricians. But even these positions are still targets of study to find out which one is best, it is only agreed that the baby cannot be turned on his stomach due to his lack of strength in the neck and the risk of suffocation. The help of rollers that hold the baby aside is also very useful and they work perfectly. But after all, put the baby in the parents’ room or not?This is a decision to be made by the parents. Of course it makes it a lot easier at night, but it is up to each couple to decide and review the pros and cons of the two situations and what is most important for the parents. If it is necessary to put the baby in the room to make mom more at ease then do it. If it would be more comfortable to leave it in its own corner and is prepared with monitoring equipment such as baby monitor etc, or even without these devices then that’s fine too! Why not? Each couple has a way of thinking, the most important thing at that moment is to have and give peace to the baby and enjoy all the love that this beautiful moment of a newborn baby brings.
Hope this helps. Bjokas
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.