One of the most rewarding things as a new parent is listening to the sweet sounds of silence; that is, your baby sleeping peacefully! Every baby is unique in their sleepwear, and it can be difficult for parents to manage.
To help you achieve better baby sleep, consider these 15 tips to improve your baby’s repeat sessions.
1. Consistency is key
A bedtime routine can help a child relax before bedtime and can also help prepare him mentally and physically for the end of the day. Bedtime activities may include a bottle, a story, and pajamas.
When these things appear, children will know what is expected of them and that playtime is over. Try to keep the room a little quieter when starting this routine.
2. make bedtime enjoyable
Sleep should never be seen as a bad thing in the eyes of a child. Make bedtime a soothing and relaxing experience for them by incorporating a soothing nightlight, some natural musical sounds, and their favorite blanket or stuffed animal. The evening should be a comforting experience for them.
As an extension of that, bedtime shouldn’t always be a punishment for children. This makes sleeping, by association, something children will want to avoid. If they are in trouble, a time out might be more helpful.
3. Swaddle your baby
Especially in the early years, children will continue to prefer a warm, protective space similar to that provided by the uterus. Pajamas and diapers are ideal for keeping baby warm and swaddled in a comfortable position.
Diapers can also prevent babies from waking up on their own with sudden jerking movements, and can even prevent nervous babies from bumping or scratching.
4. Give children time to fall asleep.
The key to getting a good night’s sleep is putting your baby to bed while he’s still awake. In this way, they associate their bed with what makes them comfortable and sleepy.
While it is rewarding for your child to fall asleep in your arms, this can teach them bad sleep habits as they get older. Getting them to sleep in their crib will help them sleep more independently and will be much easier for you.
5. Give the children a moment
It is difficult to hear a baby cry and not attend to it, but this is precisely what you should do! If you hear your baby crying in his crib, stop and wait a few minutes. You don’t need to help them; They may already have a habit of crying just because they don’t want to go to bed yet.
Instead, wait a bit. If the kids need a change or have lost their pacifier, you can go inside. However, you may be able to go back to sleep after a few minutes, which is a huge win.
6. Don’t make eye contact
If your child makes eye contact with you during bedtime, he might think it’s 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 without too much interaction.
Reassure them, but don’t talk to them. Keep the room dark, so it is clear that this is not the time to be awake.
7. Refuse the fun
Children can easily turn off their tired mode and return to playtime. As a parent, trying to stay calm and composed when bedtime comes is essential.
The kids will try to encourage you to have a laugh party, 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 mess in the morning, it helps to skip diaper changes. These movements can trick your baby into thinking that it is time to wake up and play.
If unavoidable, have all the necessary change items in a place outside the bedroom. 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 anything.
9. Create a relaxing environment
Soothing music can help drown out other sounds in 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 they’ve found something they like, make that noise ring in your bedroom 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. Plus, if they wake up in the middle of the night, they’ll know from the dark that it’s not time to get up yet.
Find some light-canceling curtains that block the light. As they age, you can slowly open these shades so they don’t get too used to total darkness.
This will help them stay asleep when they are in new environments that do not have the same light canceling curtains.
11. Recognize a tired baby
If you see any signs that your baby is feeling tired, be it a yawn or rosy cheeks, take action right away. Timing is of the essence when it comes to a baby’s sleep, and if you lose your window, chances are you’re having a restless night.
These little signs show that the body is ready for sleep, and acting right away will improve the chances of them falling asleep easily. Waiting too long will make your baby overly tired and the waking hormones will start to kick in.
At this point, it may be too late for your baby to fall asleep without a fight. You will get to know your baby’s signs quickly; 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 sleep.
Not sure if they are too cold? Many parents tend to feel their baby’s fingers or toes when checking his 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 you are comfortable or not.
13. Have the needs ready
A full diaper can spell a massive mess in your baby’s crib, but turning on the lights and trying to do a total sheet change is a good night’s sleep game. Instead, be prepared with the needs always ready. To do this, you might consider placing extra sheets and diapers in a cabinet outside the bedroom.
You can 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 layer waiting underneath. Preparation will make the sheet change a quick and simple process, and your baby will be back to bed in no time.
14. Tag Team
Couples who can get a solid 5 hours of sleep each night are critical to their overall health and parenting performance. To do this, partners must work as a team every night, although nursing work is a one-man show.
Partners can wait their turn, change or soothe the baby, or whatever else is needed. Depending on work schedules, you may have multiple “night shifts” so everyone feels rested in the morning.
15. Take the children 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 to find a pacifier for himself!
Simply place pacifiers in each corner of the crib, then spend each night guiding your baby’s arm to reach the pacifiers in any corner. This practice will ensure that no matter how they twist and turn, they will be able to locate an edge of the crib.
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 bedroom.
Better sleep for everyone
By following these tips, the baby will not only sleep better at night, but so will his parents! Consider incorporating these suggestions so that everyone goes to bed on time and wakes up feeling happy and refreshed.
Not all advice will work for your child, but it is about patience and consistency. Work to an agreed upon routine and sleep schedule that works for all family members.