Are you tired of all the hours you’re awake with your baby? Use these simple tips to help your baby at night to sleep. If you do not have a good night’s sleep yet been born since the baby, then you are not alone. Sleepless nights are common to most new parents – but do not panic. You can help your child at night to sleep. Really.
Develop a ritual
Newborns sleep 16 or more hours per day, but often only a few hours at a time. Although the pattern in the beginning is irregular, a regular sleep schedule will naturally develop as the baby gets older and stays awake longer between feedings.
By the age of 3 to 4 months, babies sleep less than five hours at a time. At one point during the first year of the baby – every baby is different – he or she will sleep about 10 hours a night.
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Encourage good sleep habits
The first few months of the nightly feeding times will surely disturb sleep for both baby and parents – but it’s never too early to help your baby become a good sleeper.
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Sleep Tips for Your Baby:
- Encourage activity during the day. When your baby is awake, keep him or her busy by talking, singing and playing. Daytime stimulation can contribute to better sleep at night.
- Stick to a set bedtime ritual. Try relaxing favorites such as taking a bath, cuddle, sing, play soothing music or reading. Your baby will soon associate these activities with sleep.
- Put your baby sleepy – but awake – in bed. This will help your baby to associate the bed with the process of falling asleep. Remember to place your baby on his or her back, and to remove blankets and other soft items from the crib or manger.
- Give your baby time to settle down. Your baby might make a fuss or cry before he or she finds a comfortable position and falls asleep. If the crying does not stop, talk softly to your baby and pat on the back. Your reassuring presence may be all your baby needs to fall asleep.
- Consider a pacifier. If your baby has trouble settling, can help a pacifier. Indeed, research suggests that using a pacifier during sleep reduces the risk of SIDS.
- Expect lots of tossing and turning at night. Babies tossing and turning at night many in their sleep. They can also make noise. Unless you suspect that your baby is hungry or not feeling well, it does not mind waiting a few minutes to see if he or she falls back asleep.
- Keep nighttime care calm. When your baby at night has care or nutritional needs, use dim lights, a soft voice and gentle movements. This will show your baby that it is time to sleep – not to play.
- Share the bed while sleeping. This can make it difficult for your baby to fall asleep when he or she is alone again. Sharing a bed can also increase the risk of SIDS. If you want to keep your baby close to you, then you might consider placing your baby’s cot in your bedroom.
- Respect your baby’s preferences. If your baby is a night owl or an early bird, it might be wise to ritual and schedules to align these natural patterns.
- Stay cool. It is a worthy goal to try to get as far baby at night to sleep, but it is not a measure of your parenting skills. Take the time to understand the habits and ways of communicating with your baby so you can help him or her to sleep better. If you worry about this, please contact your family doctor.
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