One of the most rewarding things as a new parent is listening to the sweet sounds of silence; I mean, your baby sleeps peacefully! Each baby is unique in their sleep habits, and it can be difficult for parents to navigate.
To help you achieve better sleep, consider these 15 tips to improve your baby’s repeat sessions.
1. Consistency is the key
A bedtime routine can help a child relax before bed, and can also help her prepare mentally and physically for the end of the day. Bedtime activities may include a bottle, a bedtime story, and pajamas.
When these things appear, the children will know what is expected of them, and that playtime will be over. Try to keep the room a little quieter when this routine begins.
2. Make sleep time enjoyable
Sleep should never be seen as a bad thing in the eyes of a child. Make bedtime a relaxing and soothing experience for them by incorporating a soothing night light, some natural music sounds, and your favorite blanket or stuffed animal. The night should be a comforting experience for them.
As an extension of that, bedtime should not always be a punishment for children. This makes sleeping, by association, something that children will want to avoid. If they are in trouble, a wait time may be more useful.
3. Wrap your baby
Especially in their early years, children will continue to prefer a warm, protective space similar to that provided by the uterus. Sleeping suits and diapers are great for keeping baby warm and wrapped in a comfortable position.
Diapers can also prevent babies from waking up with jerking and jerking, and can even prevent nervous babies from hitting or scratching themselves.
4. Give children time to fall asleep
The key to a good sleep is to put your baby to bed while she is still awake. In this way, they associate their bed with what makes them cozy and sleepy.
While it is rewarding for your child to fall asleep in your arms, this can teach them poor sleep habits as they grow. Getting them to sleep in their crib will help them have a more independent sleep, and it will be much easier for you.
5. Give the children a moment
It’s hard to hear a baby cry and not listen to it, but this is precisely what you should do! If you hear your baby cry in her crib, stop and wait a few minutes. You don’t necessarily need to help them; They may already be in the habit of crying just because they don’t want to go to bed yet.
Instead, wait a bit. If the children need a change or have lost the pacifier, you can go inside. However, he or she can fall asleep again after a few minutes, which is a great victory.
6. Don’t make eye contact
If your child makes eye contact with you during bedtime, you may think it is time to wake up. If you need to enter the room for any reason, try to calm them down without looking at them and put them back in without too much interaction.
Reassure them, but don’t talk to them. Keep the room dark, so clearly this is not the time to be awake.
7. Refuse fun
Children can easily turn off their tired mode and play again. As a parent, it is essential to try to stay calm and calm when bedtime comes.
The kids will try to lure him into a laughter festival, but now is not the time. Even if you feel guilty about not playing with them, this will make your two mornings much more manageable!
8. Avoid or prepare for diaper changes
Even if you know there will be a disaster in the morning, it is helpful to skip diaper changes. These movements can trick your baby into thinking it is time to wake up and play.
If it is unavoidable, have all the necessary change items you need in a place outside the room. This practice will help you avoid spending too much time in the room searching for items, and you won’t have to turn on the light to find something.
9. Create a relaxing environment
Relaxing music can help drown out other sounds around the house and help babies fall asleep faster. Choose a music player that has a few different sound options, so you can find out what your child likes best.
It can be white noise, water sounds, or even a lullaby. Once you’ve found something you like, have that noise play in your room before bed.
10. Block the light
A dark room is the best way to tell your baby that it is time to go to sleep. Also, if you wake up in the middle of the night, you will know from the darkness that it is not yet time to get up.
Find some light-canceling curtains that locked
11. Recognize a tired baby
If you see any signs of your baby feeling tired, be it a yawn or flushed cheeks, take action right away. The timing is critical when it comes to a baby’s sleep, and if you lose your window, there’s a good chance you have a restless night.
These little signs show that the body is ready for sleep, and taking action right away will improve your chances of falling asleep easily. Waiting too long will make your baby too tired and the waking hormones will start to work.
At this point, it may be too late for your baby to go to sleep without a fight. You will quickly know your baby’s signs; just make sure both parents know the signs.
12. Lower the temperature
People of all ages tend to rest better when they sleep in colder temperatures. The thermostat should be between 68 and 72 Fahrenheit for your child to experience their most comfortable rest.
Not sure if they are too cold? Many parents tend to feel their baby’s fingers and toes when they control their temperature. In most cases, these parts of the body will feel cold, but that does not mean that your baby is cold.
Instead, check your baby’s chest temperature. This part of the body is the area that will tell you if they are comfortable or not.
13. Have needs ready
A full diaper can mean a massive mess in your baby’s crib, but turning on the lights and trying to make a complete change of sheets is a finished game for a good night’s sleep. Instead, get ready with your needs always ready. To do this, you might consider putting extra sheets and diapers in a cabinet outside the room.
You may also consider adding a waterproof pad between two sheets. If disaster strikes, you can peel off the sheet and pad and still have a dry coat waiting underneath. Preparation will make changing sheets a quick and simple process, and your baby will be back in bed in no time.
14. Tag Team
Partners who can get a solid 5 hours of sleep a night are critical to their overall health and parenting. To do this, partners must work as a team each night, even though nursing work is a one-person show.
Couples can wait their turn, changing or calming the baby, or whatever else is needed. Depending on work schedules, you may have varied “night shifts” so everyone feels rested in the morning.
15. Take the kids to the pacifier
Many babies wake up at night simply because they cannot find their pacifiers. You can solve this problem by teaching your child to learn where they can find a pacifier on their own!
Simply put pacifiers in each corner of the crib, then spend each night guiding your baby’s arm to reach for pacifiers in any corner. This practice will ensure that, no matter how they twist and turn, they will be able to locate a crib edge.
After about a week, they should know how to reach the corners and find the pacifier themselves. This will alleviate the need for parents to go to the room.
A better dream for everyone
By following these tips, not only will the baby have a better night’s sleep, but so will her parents! Consider incorporating these suggestions so everyone goes to bed on time and wakes up happy and refreshed.
Not all tips will work with your child, but it is about patience and consistency. Work on an agreed routine and sleep schedule that works for everyone in the family.