What do I do if my baby rolls over in their crib?
If your little one rolled over on its side or back while asleep, it’s time to get up! You may have heard of “baby waking” which means your child woke up from a nap without any warning. That doesn’t mean they’re going to wake up right away, so don’t worry. Your baby will probably fall back asleep eventually and you’ll continue with the rest of your day.
But what if your baby wakes up after falling asleep?
They’ve had enough naps and are now awake. Now, there is no way to tell when they’re going to wake up or how long it will take them to do so. So, here’s where you come in:
When your baby starts crying out, go into action immediately! Don’t wait until later; start calling him/her by name and holding him/her tightly!
When your baby begins to cry again, go back to sleep.
You may think that you won’t be able to wake up your baby because they’re still asleep, but this isn’t true. Some babies will only need a few minutes of being held before they’ll begin to wake up naturally.
Others might require several hours of nursing or feeding before they feel ready for another feed or hug.
It takes a lot of practice and patience to learn how to interpret your baby’s cries. Sometimes, you might even feel like you could do something to help calm your child down during the crying fits.
If this is the case, then you need to start writing everything down.
What do I need to write down?
You should keep track of everything!
How long does it take your baby to get back to sleep after he starts crying? How long does he cry for each time before falling asleep? What actually soothes him the best? Does your baby have a favourite toy or blanket that helps calm them—or is there a certain way you should hold your child?
It’s not always easy to know how to soothe babies. You might start off by trying a lullaby, but if it doesn’t work then perhaps your little one is more into bouncing. No two babies are alike, and they’re all going to act differently. You might notice that your little one is hungry even if he was just fed not long ago.
What should I do if my baby gets sick?
If your baby seems especially fussy after eating or when it’s time for a nap, then he may have an upset stomach Thanks to your careful record keeping, you’re already aware that he doesn’t like being held upright or bounced too much.
So, what do you do?
Try to feed him some rice cereal before his next nap or feeding. This should help with the digestion and keep things moving through his system. If that doesn’t work then try giving him some watered down fruit juice instead of formula or milk. (Just remember: NO MILK!) If none of that works then it might be time to call the doctor.
If you’re concerned about your baby getting sick, then you should also keep your eyes on these symptoms:
Is your baby breathing faster than normal?
Is his skin blotchy or pale in colour?
Is he very sweaty?
These can all be signs of a medical emergency that needs immediate attention! If you notice any of these then call your doctor immediately. If it’s after office hours or the lines are busy, don’t bother with the ambulance—just get your baby to the closest hospital as soon as you can.
What should I do if my baby gets hurt?
Much like when your baby is sick, you should try your best not to worry yourself too much about every little thing that could go wrong. Some bumps and bruises are unavoidable, and serious injuries are pretty rare for babies.
Still, it’s important to know how to properly treat injuries before they get worse. You’ll want to have a first aid kit close by at all times, and you should probably take a class so that you know what to do in an emergency.
The rule of thumb is to treat any injury by cleansing the wound, closing the wound, and then covering the wound (as the situation requires).
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