Sound Sleep for Your Baby: Tips for Parents

Putting your babies to sleep is a very difficult task. Most babies develop normal sleeping patterns but things may get frustrating when your six month old keeps you awake all night, contrary to what the doctors have foreseen.
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Some Certain Ways to Help Your Babies Sleep Longer

Here are some time tested, proven ways to help you, help your babies sleep and stay asleep for long.

Do not Force them to sleep!

Babies, after a few months, will get more sensitive to their environment and will sense discomfort and potential danger. This may keep them from going to sleep. The idea is to create a safe and secure environment for your little one. Babies need to feel that sleep is a pleasant state to be in.

Sleep training

Keep away from sleep training and all kinds of sleep inducing programs. Most of them are based on the “cry out loud and go to sleep” method. Do you think it’s sensible to leave your baby alone to cry, just because he/she does not feel like sleeping?

You need to stop fooling your babies to sleep. Be realistic! This will only make them lose trust in you.

There may be medical reasons for night-waking. Please consult your doctor before you try anything by yourself.

Deciding a Place of Sleep

With time, you are going to get a fair idea of where your baby sleeps best. Well, let him/her sleep there. Some babies sleep the best in their own rooms, some sleep well in their bassinets while others may like to snuggle up with their mothers for a sound sleep. Do not be rigid. Choose whatever works the best.

Remember that the time of sleep will never be as important as the amount of sleep your baby needs. If he/she does not develop a sleeping pattern, let it be. Forcing a pattern is only going to worsen things for you, especially for your baby’s emotional health in the near future.

Babies Are Environment-Conscious

The way your baby may have slept, the night before may be just the way he/she would expect to sleep tonight as well. Babies become conscious of their environment after six month of birth. You can try creating a similar environment everyday and see what happens!

Caressing and Soothing

Physical touch can do wonders! Whenever you think that he/she is ready to sleep, start to make him/her comfortable by soft caresses, singing, rocking or by using any other comforting methods.

This will not only put your babies to sleep but also help your baby develop some subconscious trust over you.

Establishing a health Bed Time Routine for Your Little One

It’s a fact! Young lads and girls don’t want to sleep. Besides all that opposition, it is, in fact possible for you to establish a healthy bed time routine for your little without getting angry, frustrated and tired, not to mention getting down to forcing your little one to bed!

Here how you can do it:

Expending Pent Up Energy

Remember the days when your baby’s are bounding with energy and you just aren’t able to catch them and get their attention. If something similar is happening today, then let go! Let your little one exhaust themselves doing it. Better yet, get them involved in a physically tiring game until they themselves say, “time out”. Besides tiring him/her out, this is also a nice way to bond with your little one.

Let them watch their favorite cartoon for the last half-hour. They might just go to sleep by the end of it!

A Bath before Sleep

can do a great job in calming down your baby for the day. Alternatively, you, your partner and your baby can enjoy those last 30 minutes of the day in a warm water bath tub and relax. This is a nice way for the three of you to spend some quality time together.

Brushing and Cleaning

For babies more than 1 year old, it’s the right time for you to inculcate the habit of brushing ones teeth and gums before going to bed. After this, you can you can subtly tell them that it’s time to go to sleep by changing their nappies or helping them out with their pajamas.

Chatting Up

Talk to your children while they lie down to go to sleep. Talk to them about their day and all the things they did. Another way is to tell them a bedtime story. Children love stories! Read them a new one every day.

Saying goodnight

Carry your little one around the house to say goodnight to the rest of the family, their siblings, pets as well as teddy bears. It’s sometimes so soothing to watch babies sleep way before all the “goodnights” have been said.

Lastly, if you can, sing to them, a lullaby!

Baby Sleep Solutions – Creating the Correct Setting for Sleep

Your baby is only going to sleep if he/she is being provided with the right environment to sleep in. Let’s define “right environment”! The right environment to sleep needs to be calm, cool, comfortable, especially safe and secure.

Here is a brief explanation of some of the best ways to create that perfect setting for a long, good night sleep.

Dull Lighting

Toddlers cannot sleep with the lights on. Some dull lighting or a completely dark room just might do the trick. And why not! There is a scientific explanation to all this. Darkness makes the brain release melatonin, which is a sleep hormone.

A Calm and Quiet Space

This is basic! Your little one needs a place that is calm and quiet. Any kind of noise may not only inhibit sleep but may also wake him/her up midway, adding to your troubles. This doesn’t, at all, mean that you will need to tip-toe around the whole house. Once your baby is asleep, you are free to make subtle sounds and noises.

The Right Temperature

The need to dress up your toddler well and keep him/her warm and cosy is understandable but you need to know that overall body temperatures need to dip in order for a person to go to sleep. Do not overdress! Let the temperature in your baby’s room be around 18°C – 22 °C. Dress him/her up in a single layer of clothes.

If you cannot manage the right room temperatures then go for short sleeve vests and diapers. For colder rooms, a pair of thermal wear might do the trick.

Bedding

The beds need to be soft, cool and supported from all sides. If your baby is sleeping on a full sized bed, use a set of pillows to guard him/her from falling off. The bed should be soft but firm and sheets should preferably be made of cotton (synthetic sheets are known to cause discomforts).

Do not use a pillow! Instead, fold a sheet and put it under the baby’s head to provide it support.

These are some sure ways to make your baby go to sleep and stay asleep for longer intervals!