There are many techniques to help your baby sleep better and through the night. However, there are no one right way to get your baby to sleep – each child and situation is different, so it’s important to tailor your approach to meet your child’s needs and specific challenges he or she may be facing. In this article, we take an in-depth look at why certain methods don’t work as well as others do, and how you can develop the best sleep plan to meet your baby’s needs and help him or her sleep better than ever before!
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10 Tips for Getting Your Baby to Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge for new parents, but it will become easier with time. These ten tips for getting your baby to sleep will help you and your baby get into better sleeping habits . Some of these methods may not apply to every parent or child, so pick and choose what works best for you! 1. Put on a white noise machine: A white noise machine helps drown out loud sounds in your home that might wake up your sleeping baby (ex: dogs barking outside or sirens passing by). If you don’t have one of these machines already, purchase one online (if they aren’t sold at stores where babies are sold) or at most electronics stores. 2.
Establish a Routine
You’ve heard it before—your baby needs a routine. But what you might not have heard (and should) is that sleep plays a role in establishing (and sticking with) that routine. The earlier you start trying to put your baby on a schedule, they easier it will be. That said, it’s never too late. Establishing a routine can help children develop healthy sleep habits and improve their mood and behavior overall. So if your baby has been difficult to settle recently, try starting over with consistent nap and bedtime routines; studies show that children who are familiar with routines tend to sleep better than those who aren’t as well-adjusted at bedtime.
Go Co-sleeping if You Can
It might sound crazy, but if you’re having trouble getting your baby to sleep and aren’t afraid of sleeping on a cozy mattress with your infant, co-sleeping might be an option. The benefits of co-sleeping include: being closer to your baby; keeping an eye on her while she sleeps; making breastfeeding easier and more convenient (just reach over); and feeling more rested in general. Many experts also say that babies who sleep next to their parents cry less.
Put Down in Drowsy But Awake State
Experts recommend that babies sleep in their own cribs in drowsy but awake states. That may be because it’s when they are most easily soothed and they’re least likely to stop breathing or lose control of their limbs. Babies who share beds with parents have twice as many sleep-related deaths as those who sleep alone, according to a study published in Pediatrics.
Keep Room Dark and Quiet
Babies are very adaptable, but if you want them to get their best rest, consider making it dark and quiet. You might even want to keep pets out of their room—or off their level entirely—when they’re sleeping. Noisy neighbors, loud traffic or barking dogs may prevent them from getting a good night’s sleep. As much as possible, avoid adjusting babies while they’re sleeping too; there’s no need for their body temperature or feeding schedules to change during sleep.
Consider White Noise
Babies often sleep best when they’re being rocked or held. When they’re left on their own, they may not be able to fall asleep and instead end up crying in distress. If you find yourself using these techniques at night, consider introducing white noise into your child’s sleeping environment.
Use Dim Night Light
A dim night light could be an excellent addition to any child’s room, and it can help a child sleep more soundly. The lights are just bright enough that children will not feel as if they are in total darkness—something that can cause fear in young children. Also, if a parent has any trouble sleeping because of baby noises, he or she will not be distracted by turning on all of the lights when there is a night light for extra illumination.
Check That Baby isn’t Too Hot or Cold
Babies have very sensitive temperatures, so it’s easy for them to overheat or get too cold in their sleep. It’s important that they don’t do either of these things—and luckily, they can’t without a little help from you. When putting your baby down to sleep, make sure they aren’t too hot or cold by checking their hands and feet.
Put Down Sleepy But Awake
Putting down a sleepy but awake infant can be difficult, especially if he or she has been used to being rocked or nursed to sleep in another environment. You’ll need some patience as you transition your little one into a routine that puts him or her down while still awake; eventually, he or she will get used to falling asleep on his own.
Rock Gently When Putting Down to Sleep
When you hold or carry a baby, you don’t need to swing him or her around in order for them to fall asleep. When putting your baby down for a nap or at bedtime, rock gently and avoid high-speed movements when transferring them into their crib.