Baby’s Sleep. Every baby is different, but there are some ways to up your chances of catching some good sleep. Although it can be a very tedious and tough task at times, still there is a way out of this trouble. And, trust me I know the pain of being awake at night, with the baby, trying to make her fall asleep. This is the reason which forces me harder to write about the Best Tips for Helping your Baby Sleep Well at Night. Keep reading to know more.
Understand Why she is not able to Sleep:
As a parent, it is very important and necessary to understand your baby and her behavior. You need to know what she actually likes or wants. She might be behaving differently when it comes to sleep, but there may be some reason for that. And, as she can’t say it, the best that you can do is take a pen and paper and observe everything to note it down. This will help you understand better her sleeping patterns and routines. You need to know when she fell asleep last time and how long has it been to that now. These all things will help you understand How you can Help your Baby Sleep Well at Night.
Best Tips for Helping your Baby Sleep Well at Night:
1). Clear the clutter
Designate the nursery as a room for sleep, not play. Keep the area around the crib free of toys and other fun knickknacks. “Crib distractions confuse your baby,” Herman says. “They’ll make him or her wonder, ‘Is this a playpen, or is a place to sleep?’”
2). Start separating
Ryan recommends putting the baby in his her own room for at least one nap a day to start. “This gets baby acclimated to his or her room, so when it’s time to move in there, it’s not a total change.” A daily solo nap also helps baby and you get used to being apart—these little breaks are healthy and necessary. Even if baby sleeps in your room, Herman recommends putting up a screen or partition for separation. “If baby wakes up during the night and sees you, it’s easy for him or her to rely on you to fall back asleep,” Ryan says. And you’ll all be happy later if the baby is able to put himself or herself back to bed.
3). Stay cool
Baby sleeps best when the temperature is consistent and cool—between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. “Most moms actually keep the nursery too warm,” Ryan says. Putting your crib in the right spot is also key. “Pick a location that isn’t in the direct pathway of your air-conditioning or heating vents,” Herman says. Sudden temperature changes will startle and disturb baby. Also, move the crib away from windows to protect baby from drafts and outside noise.
4). Dim the lights
Light signals daytime to the baby, so blocking out the sun will help keep him or her snoozing. In fact, cut out all the extra light you can. That includes the night-light—babies aren’t likely to fear the dark until at least 18 months. “On a scale of one to five, five being pitch black, your baby’s room should be a four,” Herman says. If the baby’s a nighttime nurse, attach a dimmer switch to a lamp and turn it on and off slowly for nighttime feedings.
5). Teach baby to sleep through
Some babies start sleeping through the night on his or her own, and others may need some nudging—“ sleep teaching” as Ryan and Herman call it. This could happen at any age, but never before four months.
For some babies, teaching them to fall back asleep on his or her own may mean letting them cry for a few minutes before going to them in the middle of the night. “Baby might have some negative sleep associations,” Ryan says. “It’s about helping them create new, positive ones.”
6). Soothe with Sound
What baby hears (or doesn’t) is just as important as what he or she does or doesn’t see. Pick up a white noise machine to cancel out house noise, cars, and other distracting sounds (just don’t turn it so high it could hurt baby’s sensitive ears). Baby will begin to associate the constant and consistent sound with sleep. Some noise machines have lullaby, ocean, or other sound options, but simple white noise is fine—it’ll bring baby back to being in the womb, and really, what’s more, soothing than memories of mommy’s belly? Look for a portable machine so you’ll be able to recreate the sounds of the nursery while you’re away from home.
7). Make a plan
Agree with your partner about what you’ll do when baby wakes in the middle of the night and who’ll do it. “The number one way to fail is not to have a plan,” says Ryan. “Set a date on the calendar to start and be consistent. That’ll make it so much easier for baby to learn.”
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