Tired of being awake all the time with your baby? Here are some simple tips to help your little one sleep through the night.
If you haven’t had a good night’s sleep since your baby was born, you’re not alone. Sleepless nights are a rite of passage for most new parents, but don’t despair. You can help your baby sleep through the night. Honestly!
Develop a rhythm
Newborns sleep 16 hours or more per day. But often in increments of only a few hours. Although the rhythm may be irregular at first, a more regular sleep schedule will develop as your baby grows and can lie down between feedings. By the age of 3 or 4 months, many babies sleep at least five hours at a stretch. At some point in the baby’s first year of life the baby begins to sleep about hours each night. But every baby is different.
1 Make your baby sleep in your room
Ideally, your baby should sleep in your room with you. But alone in a cradle or in a structure designed for infants, for at least six months. This could help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Adult beds are not safe for infants. A baby can get stuck and suffocate between the slats of the headboard, the space between the mattress and the bed frame, or the space between the mattress and the wall. A baby can also suffocate if a sleeping parent accidentally rolls over and covers the baby’s nose and mouth.
2 Encourage good sleep habits
During the first few months, midnight feedings are sure to disrupt the sleep of parents and babies. But it’s never too early to help your baby sleep well. Here are some tips:
3 Follow a regular, soothing bedtime routine
Overstimulation in the evening can make it difficult to adjust. your baby sleeping. Try bathing, cuddling, singing, playing soft music, or reading a story. With a clearly defined end point when you leave the room. Start these activities before your baby gets too tired, in a quiet, dimly lit room.
4 Put your baby to bed sleepy but awake
This will help your baby to associate the bed with the process of falling asleep. Remember to lay your baby on his back and clear the bed or bassinet of blankets and other soft objects.
5 Give your baby time to settle down
Your baby may be fidgety or crying before finding a comfortable position and falling asleep. If the crying doesn’t stop, watch your baby, offer comforting words, and leave the room. Your reassuring presence may be enough for your baby to fall asleep.
6 Consider using a pacifier
If your baby is having trouble sleeping. calm down, a pacifier may do the trick. In fact, research suggests that using a pacifier while sleeping helps reduce the risk of SIDS.
7 Keep night care discreet
When your baby needs care or feeds during the night, use dim lights, a soft voice and calm movements. This will tell her it’s time to sleep, not play.
8 Respect your baby’s preferences
If your baby is a night owl or an early bird, you may need to adapt your routines and schedules to these natural habits.
9 Keep things in perspective
Remember that putting your baby to sleep all night is not a measure of your parenting skills. Take the time to understand your baby’s habits and communication patterns to help them sleep better. If you have any concerns, talk to your baby’s doctor.
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