When you’re having a baby, there’s a huge amount of new information to take on board and learn, but one term many parents might night have heard of is the second night syndrome.
This is rarely spoken about and many people have not heard of it.
This lack of awareness may cause new parents to worry and wondering if they’re doing a good job? No new parent should feel this way, so here’s what you need to know about second night syndrome and how you and your baby can get through it.
First of all…
What is Second Night Syndrome?
There is a theory that babies fall into a deep sleep for the first 24 hours of their life because of the stress of birth.
After the baby wakes up, by the second night, they become aware that life as they knew it has changed.
This maybe accentuated if you are breastfeeding as your milk may not have come in yet (which is normal) ad your baby is now more hungry than he or she has ever been.
During your baby’s second night outside of the womb, they realise they are not in their familiar home anymore and their new environment has light, loud noises and touch, which babies need to get used to.
Don’t forget that your home is often colder than your body and they are away from the soothing noise of your heartbeat.
All in all it can be overwhelming for your baby, but not all babies will experience this. Some will settle just fine.
Six Tips For Getting Through Second Night Syndrome
This is a completely normal transition process that your baby may need to go through.
If you are breastfeeding your baby’s need to feed will be sending signals to your breasts to make ore milk. As long as your baby is fed when he or she wants for as long as he or she wants then your body will often produce the right amount of milk.
2.Skin-To-Skin Is Best
Newborn babies have an innate need for comfort, which can be given by closeness, food and responsive parents. Responding to your baby’s needs makes them feel loved, safe and secure. This alone can help your baby grow into a confident toddler.
3.Enjoy Alone Time
While people are understandably excited by your new addition, try not to have too many visitors on the first few days.
Different voices, smells and external stimulations can be extremely overwhelming for a baby.
While your baby is adjusting to life outside of the womb, being passed around can be stressful. Let him or her get used to their new surroundings gradually and get comfort from the people and scents he or she is already familiar with.
This also allows you to settle into your new role and rest when you can, rather that entertaining visitors.
During this transition process familiarities will keep your newborn baby calm.
If you still have to time play the music you played during your pregnancy, this may soothe your baby.
This will bring back calming memories for your baby and will help comfort them.
5.The Power Of A Soapless Bath
Did you bathe with your newborn? Skin-on-skin contact will help calm them.
While it is best to keep the vernix (the white chalky type substance on your baby’s skin for at least four weeks, you can still take a bath, just don’t use bubble bath or soap).
Gently rub your wet hands over their head, while they listen to your heartbeat, this reinforces that you are still there for them.
6.Remember It Will Get Better
Your baby will sleep and calm, it will get better.
On day two your baby’s stomach is roughly the size of a marble. This small stomach is why your baby will want to feed frequently on the second night.
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