A sleep Consultant, Temitope Olajide,has urged Nigerian nursing mothers to seek expert help early,when they discovered their babies are having difficulties with sleep or related sleeping disorders.
Olajide who is the Chief Executive Officer, at Mummyclinicc Global Services,an online platform and Nigeria’s first certified child sleep consultant, with a Certified Child Sleep / Potty Training Consultant and Child Psychologist. With over, 15 years’ worth of experience in corporate,world,she lamented over the stress nursing mothers face especially when their babies don’t sleep at night.
She advised that after too many sleepless nights,new moms and dads,maybe exhausted,they should seek out help from experts, some of whom can offer overnight stays as part of the consultation.
‘New parents will try just about anything to get a fussy baby to sleep, from rocking, nursing and singing, to popping them into an infant seat for a nighttime car ride.
She highlighted the importance for groggy moms and dads to engage a sleep coach.
About one in five parents of 6-month-olds report problems getting their babies to sleep. You can turn to a small but growing industry of sleep consultants for help.
‘The coaches can help cut through confusion about what sleep-training methods are best. After many sleep-deprived nights spent trying to soothe or sing her 5-month-old baby to sleep.
While calling for the need to seek help from qualified providers,she equally raised awareness among nursing mothers, to study their babies by applying simple rules, Olajide stated that a lot of factors contribute to sleeping disorders among infant children.
”You need to be conscious in this regard and make sure your babies don’t have an over-excited day. Take them out of the stimulating environment at least 2-3 hours before the bedtime. Provide them calm and peaceful surroundings so that they can easily fall asleep at their set bed-time,she added.
“To understand why sleep is important, at night think of your body as a factory that performs a number of vital functions. As you drift off to sleep, the body begins its night-shift work: Healing damaged cells, boosting the immune system, as well as recharging the heart and other parts of the cardiovascular system for the next day”, she described sleep.