On average, we lose 44 nights of sleep during the first year after Baby enters our life - crazy right? But I know you know this is the TRUTH (we definitely speak from experience).
Did you know that on top of that, nearly 3 in 10 babies have problems sleeping at night? Oh dear.
The solution? Well let me tell you, baby monitors work wonders - if used correctly. And that is a big, crucial “if”. But stress not, Cocoon Health is here to help you monitor your monitoring – in other words, we have all the tips on how to monitor Baby efficiently and effectively without becoming a helicopter parent.
I think that answers the why of baby monitoring. Well-rested Baby means a happier and healthier Baby. Take the time to figure out how everyone can sleep better, and thank us later.
First things first, baby monitors are very useful for - can you guess what? That’s right, making sure your baby is still asleep. Quite crucial and very helpful, wouldn’t you agree? Cocoon Health alerts you when your baby wakes up and lets you coo at her while you make your way to her room or decide to let her cry it out. With Cocoon Health, you no longer need to go into Baby’s room to check if she’s awake or asleep, flipped over in an uncomfortable position, etc. And if you’re sleep training, an obvious benefit to this is that you don’t risk waking Baby up by checking up on her!
One thing to be aware of is to not rush to Baby’s aid immediately when you see or hear something amiss on the monitor. The slightest cough or cry could just be completely normal movement in between Baby’s sleep cycles. Or, she may not even be awake while she’s making those noises! Some babies are loud sleepers, so be careful not to hear them cry wolf when they’re actually happily sleeping away. It’s typically good to give Baby a couple of minutes or so to self-soothe after you hear or see something on the monitor before checking up on her. By the time you do head over to check on her, you may find that she’s already fallen back asleep! Premature crisis averted.
Monitors also give us already-sleep-deprived adults some peace of mind to sleep soundly at night. Instead of having a constant worry nagging at the back of our minds while we try to drift off to sleep, then waking up multiple times a night to check on Baby, we can instead sleep at peace knowing that our monitor will alert us if anything unusual comes up.
Tips, Tips, Tips
For the first two months of Baby’s life, don’t worry about monitoring anything. She’s just focused on adjusting to life outside of the tummy, and any patterns that emerge, if at all, are likely insignificant.
At 2-4 months, monitor Baby’s awake time between naps. This is when you can start noticing sleep cues and putting her back to bed when you see these cues, which will help establish healthy sleep skills for the future. During this time period, Baby is typically awake for 1-2 hours in between naps.
Mini wakes - kind of mentioned this already earlier, but don’t freak out at every little movement your monitor tracks. Babies can sometimes open their eyes, or even sit up and lay back down, all while still sleeping! Even if they do awake, often times they can self-soothe within 5 minutes. Give her some time, and trust that if she needs you, she will let you know.
In a nutshell, monitoring is important (and a lifesaver, for both parent and child), but as with any exercise, keep good form and best practices in mind for maximum effectiveness! If you have any questions at all, Cocoon Health is always happy to help.