Hi all, hope you’ve been enjoying reading our blog. In our recent article, we talked about important life skills that you can teach your kids..
Today, I am going to share with you a few tried and tested methods on how to make your baby sleep through the night. So without further ado, let’s get started!
If there is one thing that parents of newborn babies often dread, besides their baby’s health and safety, it is their child’s erratic sleeping pattern. Since babies take time to adjust to the new environment, coping with this situation can, at times, be a challenge, especially for working parents.
Plus, while it is true that newborn babies often sleep up to 16 to 17 hours in a day during the first few weeks of their life, their unpredictable sleeping schedule is such that they might wake every 3-4 hours for a feed thereby, playing a havoc on their parents sleep.
In addition, researchers have found that parents of newborn babies have sleep deficit of 6 months during the first 24 months of their baby’s life. Thus, if you are a new parent and your baby has been keeping you awake all night, then here are a few tips to help your baby to sleep through the night.
Researchers have found, that babies whose parents follow a nightly routine, fall asleep easily with little or no fuss. Having a bedtime routine for your baby aids in slowly calming his mind and body, easing him into a gentle sleep.
You could try out daily routines like a 10-minute massage or a warm bath, and this will help create a restful environ, ensuring that your child has a good night’s sleep.
Swaddling your baby reminds him of being in the womb, thereby lulling him into a peaceful sleep. It is also the best way through which you can ensure that your baby doesn’t wake himself with random arm movements, thereby helping him get a longer and continuous sleep.
Infant or baby massage is one of the best techniques for a restful sleep and will help soothe your baby making him sleep more deeply. It will also help to improve your child’s immune function. Plus it will help to increase bonding between you and your child. Further, you can check out this video to know the effective ways of massaging babies.
There is no place more comforting than a mother’s arms, and this especially holds true for a newborn baby.
By sleeping in close proximity with your child, you are providing him comfort and making him feel secure. Plus, with the baby sleeping in the same room, it becomes easier for you to breastfeed or change his diaper, which results in fewer bedtime hassles and more sleep for you as well as your baby.
Naps play a vital role in improving your child’s mental and physical growth. However, to make your baby sleep through the night, try to limit their nap-time during the day. Check out this article to know more about babies sleep schedule and patterns
Play music to help your baby sleep!
White noise sounds are generally a gentle hum that masks any other sounds and is made up of sounds like the fan whirring, soft rhythmic beat of a heart, humidifier etc.
Since newborn babies are used to the sound of the heartbeat & the blood flow when inside their mother’s womb, playing a repetitive white-noise sound, will help relax your baby making him stay asleep for a longer duration.
Best part, white noise can help calm your mind so that you too can sleep better. Moreover, here are some white-noise apps for babies that you can try out.
We all know that with the right temperature we are able to sleep better. Well, the same holds true for your baby too!
By setting the right room temperature, you are ensuring that your baby is neither cold nor hot, thereby providing him a soothing sleeping environment. You could use a room thermometer to maintain a comfortable temperature, and ideally, the room temperature for babies should be between 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 22 degrees Celsius).
Dream feeding is a method of feeding your baby without waking him up. At night, before you go to bed, feed your baby while he is still asleep. This will ensure that he doesn’t wake up hungry in the middle of the night, thus prolonging his sleep and providing you with a bit more uninterrupted sleep time. Read more about dream feed here.
Bright lights make it harder for your baby to fall asleep. Thus, if your baby is prone to awake in the night for feeding, then a night light will make it easier for your baby to return to sleep after he is done. It will also help you to tend to your baby at night for comforting or changing his diaper, without jarring him awake. Plus, it helps reassure kids who are afraid of the dark.
Choosing a comfortable sleeping attire for your baby is another step that will make your baby stay asleep for a longer period. A snug and comfy sleepwear like pajamas, slip-on pants, side-snap shirts, will help regulate your child’s body temperature at night. Plus, it will give you easy access to change a diaper, without disturbing your baby’s sleep.
Just make sure to select a sleepwear that is neither too tight nor loose and that it provides enough warmth without making your baby uncomfortable.
To reduce the chance of waking your baby completely while changing a diaper, it is advisable that you change the nappy while you’re feeding. This will prevent you from disrupting his sleep and will help your baby sleep longer during the night.
Also, don’t change his diaper every time he wakes up, change it only if it’s soiled. Further, make use of super-absorbent diapers that offers overnight protection and dryness to ensure that your baby sleeps comfortably without the fear of rash.
An ideal way to let your baby soothe himself to sleep, a pacifier can help to relax your baby, making them feel secure and satisfy their natural desire to suckle. It also helps lower the risk of SIDS and can be used to calm your baby, if he is fussy even after the feeding.
Swinging is a well-loved technique that has been proved to soothe crying babies. The gentle rocking motion reminds them of being in the womb, and thus if your baby is cranky at night, try this baby sleep tip and it will surely calm him and help him to drift off to sleep.
A tried and tested method, telling a story or singing a lullaby is one of the age-old techniques that will surely put your baby to sleep. By reading a story or singing to him in a soothing voice, you are able to comfort your baby, which helps to put him in a tranquil mood, preparing him for a good night’s sleep.
In addition, this technique also helps to reduce your stress, thereby relaxing you into a restful sleep. What’s more, here are some great story books for babies that you can try out!
Bathtime can be a fun and calming ritual for both, you as well as your baby. A warm bath can help soothe your baby and prepare him for a long night’s sleep. Plus, the gentle, loving stroke of your hands accompanied by your soothing voice, will make him feel loved and relax him into a restorative state, thereby lulling him into sleep quicker.
By the time your baby is 3 to 6 months old, he usually begins to understand the difference between night and day and this is the perfect time to teach him to fall asleep independently .
To begin with, put your baby to sleep just as he is drowsy but awake. This way he is likely to drift off on his own, thereby learning to soothe himself to sleep, which can help you get a better sleep.
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Caffeine before bedtime is an absolute no, especially if you are breastfeeding. Since whatever you consume is invariably going to work its way into your breast milk, avoiding coffee is essential if you don’t want to disrupt your baby’s sleeping pattern.
Also, babies’ bodies take a longer time to process caffeine than adults, thus limiting your caffeine intake is critical. Further, here is a helpful guide on what to eat and avoid while breastfeeding.
Creating a healthy sleeping attitude in your baby can help you for the long term and can last a lifetime. The above-mentioned techniques on how to get your baby to sleep through the night are tried and tested methods that are proven to be useful for many parents. Thus, by following these baby sleep tips, you’ll be able to enhance not only your child’s sleep, but you’ll also be able to improve your sleeping habits.
Have any other sleeping tips for babies? If yes, let us know in the comment below!