Sleep, true bliss that wraps you in its embrace for 7 hours a night and takes away all the pain. We take it for granted or subject it to neglect but sleep always opens its arms wide in welcome. As they say, you never know what you have until it’s gone, Sleep isn’t treasured until a baby is born! Oh, the Humanity! The baby eats away the sleep and smothers what little relaxation you may encounter. The sad thing is that the whole time your baby disrupts your sleep, the baby is getting no sleep himself. There is no exact science to mastering sleep cycles and catching a couple hours of rest yourself; But, here are some things you could try:
1.The Strategy of Light
Darkness, universally, suggests sleep. Use light to your advantage. Turn the lights off when trying to put your baby to sleep. During the day, introduce tons of light into the room so that with time your baby gets accustomed to the the light patterns and develops an appropriate sleep cycle.
Making eye contact while putting the baby to sleep suggests that you want to have a conversation. Deter from looking at the baby and that may send them on the path of sleep. Face them away from you and talk in hushed tones as this works wonders too.
Feed your baby between 10 and 12 so that he or she may sleep undisturbed and full stomached for long hours. Do not try to burp your baby as this may completely set the baby awake and it may not be able to get any sleep.
4.Pay No Mind
Do not jump out of bed at the baby’s first squeal. Sometimes, the babies can go back to sleep on their own. In such a case, all your efforts to put them to sleep go into waking them up! So, the next time your baby is up, give him or her time to come to terms with sleep on their own before intervening.
5.Say it With a Kiss
Your baby can get irritable and you may at times, find yourself at the end of your wits. Remember, this little baby is just learning to live in the outside world. Hold the baby, swaddle and build an environment, safe and warm just like it was in the womb.
Getting some quality sleep can be an uphill battle. But the battle’s worth fighting knowing that there’s blissful sleep waiting on the other end.
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