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Is Your Bottle Feeding Baby Gassy?
Bottle feeding baby presents different challenges than breast feeding. Some mothers feel bottle feeding baby is easier than nursing. If you have chosen to bottle feed your baby, you may find that your baby is facing some sleep problems. These are most likely caused by gas.
Formula fed babies can become gassy and uncomfortable. This is usually caused by gulping down the bottle too quickly. The key is to find a nipple with the right flow. Too slow and baby will become frustrated, too fast and your baby will become gassy.
A good way to avoid gas in your baby and prevent sleep problems is to make sure to stop baby often during a feeding to burp. This is crucial. You may be tempted to speed up the feeding by allowing baby to drink the bottle without stopping but you will certainty pay for this later when baby is screaming in pain from gas and will not sleep.
If you find that your baby becomes gassy no matter what you do, try rotating his or her legs gently in a bicycling motion. The movement quickly releases and trapped gas and makes baby more comfortable.
3 Quick Ways to Get Your Bottle Feeding Baby to Sleep
1. After finishing the bottle, your baby will most likely be sleeping. Do not skip burping your baby, even if it wakes him up. It is more important to get the gas out so baby will sleep restfully later. Gently burp your baby, make sure his diaper is changed.
2. Play music. Music has been proven to soothe and relax babies. Classical music without vocals works best.
3. Put your baby in a baby sling or carrier and go for a walk. Vacuuming while wearing your baby also works wonders because your baby will respond to the movement and the white noise from the vacuum.
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Putting Your Bottle Feeding Baby on a Sleep Schedule
Sleep. It refreshes, rejuvenates and restores. Though our bodies are, for the most part, quiet during sleep, there is actually a bustle of activity going on inside us. Sleep is so important for your baby, that it is worth exploring and discussing.
Not only is a proper and regular sleep schedule vitally important for your baby's health, it also improves mood, function and physical development. Here are five major benefits that regular and sound sleep offer your child:
1.It helps your baby grow strong and develop quick reactions and coordination: studies show that babies who get regular sleep have improved reaction time, better reflexes and even better use of oxygen.
2.It helps keep baby's mood even and happy: obviously, babies get cranky and cry longer and more often when they are tired, and if they are sleep deprived, or on an irregular schedule, they can be very challenging to deal with.
3.It helps with memory function and development: Dr. Nilesh Dave, medical director of the Sleep Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center says "During sleep, your brain will process a lot and turn it into long-term memory," he says. "Memory is a function of what we think sleep does."
4.It keeps baby from falling asleep at times that are not part of the planned schedule: I'm sure every parent has experienced times when their baby fell asleep in the car, or while out somewhere, only to have the baby wake up irritable and still tired. If a baby is well rested, and if the parents plan their activities to accommodate baby's established sleep schedule, then more often than not, the baby will stay awake in the car, etc, because it's during the established non - sleep time.
5.It keeps baby's hormones balanced: Our bodies use sleep to release certain hormones, Dr. Davé says, including those essential for growth and development.
So, if sleep is so important, how do you ensure that your baby gets enough sleep? Here are some basics that might help:
1. Establish a bedtime routine: This helps your baby settle down, (and helps adults wind down after a long day as well). Allocate about thirty minutes before baby's bedtime to soothe and relax your child. Read, sing or play lullabies, or just sit quietly in a rocking chair, holding your baby.
2. Only put your baby down when it's time for sleep: Using the baby's bed for anything other than sleep gives the child confusing messages about what the bed/ or bedtime really means. If it is clear to the baby that the bed is for sleeping, the chances of the baby settling down are better.
3. Make the baby's bedroom dark, comfortable and quiet: limit distractions.
4. Don't play actively with your baby before bedtime: this can overstimulate the baby and make it more difficult to calm down in time for the scheduled bedtime.
5. Stick with the schedule: babies very easily can get off schedule, and it can play havoc with their mood and with their health.
6. Calm and soothe yourself and your baby: take some deep breaths. Your baby will pick up on your own relaxed state and this will help you both get quiet and peaceful. 7. Know when to seek help: talk to your baby's pediatrician for more ideas for establishing a regular sleep schedule for your baby.
I might add that a regular sleep schedule is important for the baby's parents as well, for all of the above reasons. Everyone benefits from a regular sleep schedule!
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