Getting your baby to fall asleep may not necessarily be a painful process. In fact, it could even be an enjoyable time for the family! Just by following a few simple steps, parents can quickly help their baby sleep through the night. It is simple. You have to set up a routine for your baby to follow and provide her the space to learn how to sleep on her own. In this article, I will be going through top 10 baby sleep tips that will help you get more sleep.
1. Feed Your Baby during the Day
You want to train your baby to understand that daytime is for eating and nighttime is for sleeping. Many children enjoy waking up to only feel their mother’s warmth, and enjoy some breast milk. It becomes a comfort and demand for babies who know that they will now receive it in the middle of the night. Many toddlers get so busy during the day playing, and discovering new things; they forget to eat. This is where you come in. Feed your baby every three hours. To break the habit of waking to feed throughout the night, you should give a full feeding at the first waking.
2. Give the Baby a Calm Day
Are you very stressed out? Are you always in a rush? Perhaps leaving the child at a day care provider is too much for the baby. Perhaps the day care provider is not the right fit for your baby. Try and give the baby a calm day. Push your baby in a stroller, go for long walks to mellow out your baby.
3. Father Down
Place your child’s head against the front of your neck with your chin resting on the baby’s head. The vibrations of the voice can put the baby to sleep. If this doesn’t work lie down with the baby in the same position and let the baby fall asleep on your chest. Once the baby is completely asleep, ease the child onto the bed. You can cuddle with the baby, and then gently slide away.
4. Wear Them
Wear your baby in a baby sling on your body for about 30 minutes before bedtime. This will make your child feel comfortable and remember the tightness of the womb. There are many different options when it comes to baby slings. You simply have to choose what you are comfortable with. Keep the baby in front of you and also make sure that baby’s face is uncovered to help them breathe correctly.
Newborns like their clothes to be tight. You will more than likely receive a lesson on how to swaddle by the nurses before you leave the hospital. Older toddlers like their clothes to be looser. Adjust the layer of clothing appropriately and dress baby in 100 percent cotton.
6. Get the best crib mattress; you can afford
Remember that baby will sleep for a long time in his/her crib mattress. That’s why it’s critical to choose the right crib mattress for your baby. My advice is to choose breathable crib mattress. A breathable crib mattress allows the air flow through it. This breathing feature is important not only for maintaining the hygiene of the bed but also to keep your baby sleep in any position.
Give the baby a soothing bath before bed time. Use calming or essential oils to help relax the baby even further. Even if he/she doesn’t seem to like the bath the first time, do not give up. The first bath might be very scary, for you and the baby. Newborns are tiny, and their skin is soft, it gets extremely slippery when wet.
Apply a few drops of natural essential oil to the lotion base you use and watch your baby’s reactions as you give him/her a massage. Rub your hands gently all over the little one. See what the baby likes and what he doesn’t and adjust. Be careful when rubbing over his little tummy if he just ate. You may find he has gas, or that his belly is full. A back rub is a great way for a baby to relax. Make sure that you turn their head to the side so that their breathing is never constricted though. You can easily give a massage while the baby is laying down, but more than likely the newborn will want to feel your warmth, so you can apply the lotion while he is laying down and then hold him in your arms and massage.
9. Voice Soothing
Talk to the baby, let him look up at you with those little eyes and look right back into his eyes. Your face can be great learning toy for the baby, and he will become fascinated. You want the child to trust you, so talk or sing him lullabies.
10. Shushing Sounds
These white noise sounds are reminiscent of the sounds heard within the womb, which is a whooshing sound caused by the blood flowing through the arteries near the womb. A vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, and fan can re-enact the sound, or you can purchase his white noise CD.
About The Author:
My name is Sophie. I am a 31-year-old wife to an amazing husband and a homeschooling stays at home mom to 4 wonderful children. I’ve devoted my life to the Lord, who has blessed me more than I ever could have dreamed. I like to spend time with writing, gardening and chasing backyard chickens.