Effective Tips On How To Make Your Baby Sleep Better

Sleeping is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. If you are not getting enough sleep, it can affect your mood, concentration and even weight. Poor sleep also affects your baby’s health, which is why it’s important to make sure they are on the right track from day one. A common question new parents ask themselves when their baby isn’t sleeping well: “How do I get my baby to sleep?” We’re here to help with some tips and tricks that will help coax your little one into a deeper and more restful night of slumber.

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Keep the Room Dark and Quiet

Your baby needs darkness and quiet, especially when they are newborns. It is important that you always keep the room dark, even during daytime naps. Make sure there are no outside distractions such as a television or music playing in the background. Look out for other sensory distractions, such as a fan or heater blowing directly at your baby.

Put the crib right next to your bed so that it is easily accessible and you can comfort your baby quickly if needed. This way, it will be more like the place where they fell asleep, minimizing their discomfort when they wake up. Consider renting a smart bassinet for their early days. You can learn more here, as well as read about alternative options. The more you know, the better for you and baby.

Start a Routine

A healthy newborn, one month old or less, will have a set routine of eating and sleeping that is pretty consistent from day to day. Assume this schedule exists even if it seems your baby’s feeding and sleeping habits are all over the place. If you feed your baby at the same time every day, he/she will start to expect this and will begin to feel uncomfortable if fed at a different time, or with a change of feeding device (i.e., bottle instead of breast). Babies do not like unexpected changes – they often cause discomfort and even crying.

It is also imperative that you make sure your baby knows when it is supposed to sleep. A firm bedtime routine is recommended. The more consistent you are with this routine, the easier it will be to achieve a regular sleep pattern in your baby.

Don’t Rely on Soothing Methods Alone

Soothing methods are wonderful at times, but you should never rely on them to get your baby to sleep. It is important that you establish a bedtime routine for your baby so they can drift off to sleep without any disturbances. As parents, we feel the need to do whatever it takes to calm our children down. Unfortunately, sometimes these soothing methods are not enough to get them to sleep for very long. They may fall asleep quickly, but wake up just a short time later. Then you have the task of trying again. And again. And perhaps even once more before they actually doze off for good. This may be very frustrating.

Also, switch up their sleeping positions. Sleeping on their belly may not be the most comfortable position for your baby. If this is the case, try putting them on their back. Whichever position your baby seems most comfortable in will be what you want to keep doing.

Be Patient

Your baby will eventually fall asleep for longer periods of time, but it will take some patience on your part to get there. It can even seem like you are doing nothing at times, while waiting for the next feeding or during yet another diaper change. Hang in there – you will see progress within a couple of weeks, as your baby starts to settle into their new sleep schedule.

Do Not Try to Squeeze in Feedings

If your baby is crying, go ahead and feed them right away so that they will stop. This produces a soothing effect on babies, which can cause them to stay asleep for longer periods of time. Sometimes it is difficult to hear your baby cry over the monitor, which is why some parents will turn the volume down and rely on a vibration setting instead (this way you can still hear if there is crying).

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Your baby needs darkness and quiet, especially when they are newborns. It is important that you always keep the room dark, even during daytime naps. Make sure there are no outside distractions such as a television or music playing in the background. Look out for other sensory distractions, such as a fan or heater blowing directly at your baby. Put the crib right next to your bed so that it is easily accessible and you can comfort your baby quickly if needed. This way, it will be more like the place where they fell asleep, minimizing their discomfort when they wake up.