Sleep? What sleep?
The one thing every new parent dreads about bringing home their new little bundle of joy (aside from changing diapers), is the first few months of going without sleep. It takes a newborn a while to figure out her own natural circadian rhythm, or periods of restfulness and wakefulness. Most humans are awake during the day and asleep at night, which is what most parents attempt to train their newborns to do; but when you’re used to being inside a nice comfy tummy and doing whatever you want whenever you want, establishing a regular rhythm is a daunting task. In addition to learning when to be awake and when to be asleep, a newborn’s body also has to adjust to regular mealtimes so that they sleep through the night after dinner.
Those several weeks that it takes a newborn to get into the groove can be extremely harsh on a parent. Newborns typically wake 2-3 times during the night to feed and be changed, and have no respect for dad’s alarm clock. Then it’s a long day of more feeding, more diaper changing, naps, laundry, dishes, taking care of other children, cooking and keeping the house in order. It’s brutal! Plus a crying baby at night tends to wake up everyone in the household, so no one gets any rest at all; tempers flare and everyone seems to be grumpy and irritable.
So many choices...
There are many, many methods to helping a newborn establish a good wakeful/restful routine. Everyone has a different opinion on what works best and what doesn’t; some people say to leave the baby alone and let her fall into her own natural rhythm and some people say to not let the baby sleep as much during the day. Should you force a baby into a schedule that mimics the rest of the family’s schedule, or let her pick it up on her own? Is it ok to make a newborn wake up from a nap and take a bottle at a certain time, or should you just feed her when she’s hungry? It’s very confusing and being sleep deprived doesn’t make those questions any more clear.
What can you do?
There is something that mothers have used for centuries to help their babies get on a schedule – Amethyst. Known throughout the world, Amethyst was used by the ancients as a sleep stone, to help young children sleep peacefully through the night, and instill a sense of calm and peace. BalticEssentials.com has baby necklaces featuring Amethyst and Hazelwood that not only promote a proper circadian rhythm, but also aid digestion. One reason babies wake during the night is because of acid reflux, or having too much stomach acid. Hazelwood absorbs excess acid and brings the body to a more neutral pH level.
So if your baby is still up and down like a roller coaster and you’re so tired you can’t remember what day it is, give Amethyst a chance and follow in the footsteps of ancient mothers who have relied on it for thousands of years to help their babies sleep.