October 31, 2013
The warm orange light emanating from the solitary lamp colors the room. Windows shut off from the outside are curtained by a thin white linen cloth. The scent of baby oil and baby powder permeates throughout the room. It’s relatively early in the night.
You remember in your old bachelor days that you used to stay awake well into dawn despite it being an unhealthy sleeping habit. But things are different now. You’re a parent. And as for this night, you’re mission is to ensure that your baby enjoys a nice, long slumber. This is just one of the many missions you will need to accomplish for as long as your child will live under your roof.
But don’t let this discourage you. It’s a challenge that’s only meant to be accepted and fulfilled with great valor and determination. This is life, and the very essence of it – a cocktail of trying and triumph. Day and night, walking, standing, sitting, or even when you lie down on your comfortable mattress, it doesn’t stop. But for this moment, you need to put your baby to sleep. And it’s a challenge I’m here to help you fulfill.
If there’s anything that will keep anyone awake (big or small, young or old), hunger is one of the best candidates. Especially for a developing infant, hunger is always very close at hand. As humans grow, they need to transform the nutrients that they eat into bones, muscles, and biological tissue that will literally make them “grow.” Babies need to eat a lot, and the night-time is no exception. That’s why you need to keep the milk and formula going freely.
Who doesn’t like warm baths? Well, I guess unless you’re living in a tropical or desert zone during the summer, there’d be exceptions. But in general, warm baths are extremely relaxing. It also transcends age and size, so babies are totally in range and they count as “bathe-able.” Warm baths also induce sleep, so this also counts as a possible ticket for your baby to the sweet realm of slumber.
As the old adage proclaims: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Although that is time-tested and true, in this context, cleanliness is next to achieving the goal of putting your baby to sleep. Of course, leaving unchanged diapers can cause diaper rashes and other unwanted complications. Freshness comes from cleanliness, and a true quiet and peaceful night will only make its way if cleanliness has been in the scene.
The point about warm baths is that it helps the baby relax. The connection of relaxation and sleep is uncanny. It’s obvious. Now if there’s any other way to help the baby relax (since not everyone has warm baths in their disposal), it’s best to think up ways that will do just that.
There’s a reason why mothers have sung up lullabies to their little babies cradled in their arms. Thus the conception of the term “cradled to sleep.” But it’s not just lullabies. Cradling the sweet little miracle can more than just pacify. It’s the main ways to express genuine love.
Sleep is not something you immediately force upon yourself or to other people. Especially with a fragile little newborn baby, sleep is something that comes as sweetly and as naturally as the advent of that little cradled miracle itself.
However, they’re actually simpler than what you have might first thought. But for you, don’t let anything stop you yourself from being “cradled” to sleep. There’s sleep for you, your spouse, and your offspring. It’s for everyone, and it’s more than well-deserved by those who seek it. Sweet Dreams!