Tips On How To Get Baby To Sleep
Are you a new mom looking for tips and tricks on how to get baby to sleep? Newborns take a while before they recognize the difference between night and day. They sleep a lot – but not when and how long you want them to stay asleep.
What happens next, you end up not being able to sleep at regular times and reaching out for your coffee mug more often than before. To help you with it, check out the following tricks from the pros on how to get your baby to sleep and keep him asleep.
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Avoid bright lights because they push the baby’s wakeup button
If you want to reverse this and prevent short bursts of sleep all night, you should keep his room dark so that his brain can release the main sleep hormone, melatonin, and figure out it’s time for bed.
- Install dimmers on the lights in his room. You should also set the mood and lower the lights two hours before bedtime. You can also use a dim night light if desired but choose one that stays cool.
- Use room-darkening shade if baby’s having trouble napping in the afternoon.
- Don’t carry your baby into a bright room or turn on the lights when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Otherwise, soothing him back to sleep in a bright room will make his brain think it’s go time.
Use a bedtime ritual
Doing so, babies will recognize what comes next. He’ll calm down and prepare to sleep.
For example, some mothers start the ritual with a bath; however, little ones don’t need it daily. Only do it if you prefer it and if it works for you and baby. On the other hand, you can also play calming music or give baby a massage to relax him.
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According to a group of researchers at the Miami University, babies who were given a massage before bed drift off to sleep easily and quickly within one month.
Other alternatives for a bedtime routine also include saying sleepy words, offering a feeding or reading a story. Once you have established a routine that works best for you and your baby, follow and stick with it until baby learns about it.
Nursery nurses and baby health experts reveal babies have the startle reflex from birth up to five months. It makes them feel as if they’re always falling, leading to jerking movements – that eventually wakes him up.
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You can prevent baby from startling himself with a tight swaddle that can also keep him calm.
[Swaddling also helps him stay toasty and warm for his first few days outside your womb before his internal thermostat kicks in.]
Before trying it, make sure your baby isn’t tired, wet or hungry. You can also swaddle if you think he needs to feel the same security and tightness of your womb or over-stimulated to sleep.
- Don’t tightly wrap his legs straight down; otherwise, he might have soft cartilage of the hip socket damage or loose joints (hip dysplasia). To prevent it, check that there is enough space at the blanket’s bottom to ensure baby can move her legs freely.
- Do not swaddle him when he’s awake because it can interfere with his development and mobility, especially once he’s about a month old.
- Stop swaddling when your baby is two months old before he starts rolling over, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Watch out for the signs
Your newborn constantly communicates his needs with you. He’s trying so hard, and it’s your duty to recognize what those messages mean – tiredness or hunger?
Watch for cues – and recognize when he starts losing interest in the things around him or going quiet may be some signs he’s sleepy. So when you notice tiredness cues, put him to bed.
Otherwise, he would feel over grumpy and tired – things harder to settle. Calming him down might also take more hard work.
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You should also consider keeping things in motion. Remember, you used to rock him to sleep as you’re doing your daily tasks when he’s still inside your womb.
Motion can lull your newborn to sleep.
Did you notice that he could drift off to sleep even while on a train or in the car? So if you have a rocking chair, cuddle and rock him gently, one of the proven ways on how to get baby to sleep.
Alternatively, you can walk him around the room or swing him on a crib. There are also baby hammocks; some even gently rock if the baby moves.
Use white noise
Your newborn may be able to sleep faster and better with it in his room because it can filter and block out the background noise. There are also devices coming with a heartbeat setting that is comforting for newborns because it mimics a mother’s heartbeat.
[What is white noise? It’s a sound containing every frequency falling within the range of human hearing, each in equal amount. It is a familiar sound keeping him calm and helping him drift off easily.]
Using these tricks from the pros, you can send your baby to sleep easier and keep him asleep. Try them and figure out what works and what not. Develop a bedtime ritual, stick with it and help baby distinguish the difference between daytime and nighttime earlier in his life.
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