5 Brilliant Ways To Get Newborns To Sleep
Tired of your baby staying awake late into the night? Maybe your new-born is taking a while to figure out the difference between night and day, but it’s okay, the following tips are meant to help you learn how to get baby a good night’s sleep.
1. Early bedtime: An early bedtime for baby says, 7 to 8:30 p.m., and no later than 9 p.m. but here is the problem with that; i remember when an aunty of mine had baby twins, most nights where just a no much sleep nights for us-as either both babies would be awake seeking for quick food to the seconds, or one twin wakes up with a loud cry which finally brings the other up with same need. This routine continued for days, until we figured a partial way out. That way out was to make sure babies don’t sleep too early prior to normal bed time, ‘cos the earlier they slept the earlier they woke up and forth. I even figured that some nights babies will generally want to play in the mid night, they are just not feeling sleepy and so you have to be awake to play with them or keep an eye at what they are doing at every moment.
So what this means is that you try as much as possible to pattern baby’s bed time to accommodate you as the mother for a win-win thing or at least a reasonable balance to accommodate you as well.
2. Consistent bedtime routine: This is crucial. Your baby likes predictability. The more baby knows what’s coming, the more likely she will accept it. Make sure it’s the same routine every night, at the same time. The routine doesn’t have to be anything complex. Monitor if this routine is helping baby’s sleeping health, if not keep working on it until you get a perfect one for her.
3. Make sure baby is satisfied prior bed time: By this I mean, make sure she’s taken a good bath, well fed, dressed nice and peaceful, and the room is in proper temperature. Sometimes babies are a bit choosy with what jammies to sleep in, figure out which is soothing for baby and make adequate provision.
4. Put your baby down drowsy but awake: I know you’ve heard this one before. This part is probably the hardest, but also the most important. You want your baby to learn the skills to fall asleep on her own, and the only way she will do that is if you allow her, by putting her down awake. Parents that sneak their babies quietly in their cribs after they have rocked or nursed them to sleep, usually have babies that wake frequently at night. This is because that baby has no idea how to fall back asleep on her own. She needs Mommy or Daddy to do it for her. So whatever it takes, and however long it takes, do your baby a favour and put her down awake.
5. Wait before attending: If your baby wakes at night, wait a few minutes before checking in. Many times, all baby needs is just a cool pat on their back to sleep again. Parents run in at the first sound of their baby’s whine forgetting that sometimes babies need to fuss and whine a little bit, in order to learn how to fall back asleep on their own. If you run in too quickly, you’re robbing them of the chance to figure out how to self-settle. So let them just fuss a little. You might be pleasantly surprised when your baby just goes back to sleep on her own one night.
Getting your baby to sleep through the night is definitely not easy —that’s why nursing time is a big time for mothers, but I’d say, in all you do, monitor you child closely, with a few minor adjustments, there’s no reason baby can’t learn to sleep through the night.