Q: Hi Dr Ketch,is the electric blanket safe for my 4months old baby?
A: Congratulations on your new bundle of joy 😀
No, the electric blanket is not ideal for your baby because of the risk of over-heating burn or even a burn. So, please don’t use it. Focus more on dressing baby warmly, avoiding clothes with long strings that may pose a strangulation risk. Whatever you do, make sure baby’s head and face are not covered. If you can get a baby sleeping bag, that would be perfect.
Now, I’ll give you some extra tips to help you and baby sleep comfortably…tonight 😀
During night time feedings, keep lights low. Night lights stop you and baby from coming fully awake and so you can go back to sleep after the feed…effortlessly.
Commit to sleep and make it a priority in your life. The advice frequently given to new mothers to get some sleep when the baby is asleep, may appear clichéd and ‘an old wives’ tale, but is useful.
Give yourself permission to let some things go and don’t feel the pressure to catch up on all your emails, text messages, house shores when he’s asleep.
Remember that good sleep starts before you’re actually trying to fall sleep. Ensure you start winding down your day early enough so you can get to sleep early at night. Ensure you’re not getting too wound up during the day and inhibiting your ability to sleep at night
Be intentional about sleep. As a new mother, you’ve got so many things pulling at you: night time feeds, your other children, if you’ve got them, their home work, your husband etc. So ensure that your sleep equipment – pillows, mattress pad/topper and mattress – provide the right support and comfort. Get a good pillow and comfortable mattress…it’s a worthwhile expense
Be open to alternative remedies. Create a personal spa at home: use aromatic oils at bath time and in your room. Lavendar has been found to be very helpful by some.
Feed during the day: Aim to give your baby most of his milk feeds during the day, so he doesn’t make up for it at night (and end up waking for cuddles too!).
Teach him to go to sleep by himself: Put him down when he becomes sleepy but is still awake – about 15 minutes before his usual nap time – so he learns to fall asleep without you comforting him. If you always feed, rock or cuddle your baby to help him sleep, day or night, he’ll learn to expect this.
Give him a comforter: This will act as a transitional object to help him feel secure when you’re not around. It could be a muslin square or light baby blanket – just make sure you have two for when one is in the wash!
Use music: Play lullabies or nature sounds at nap times and when your baby wakes up in the night, so you can all get your rest.
Now you’re empowered 😀 Go catch up on some much-needed sleep!
Have a good night y’all 😀