There are things you can do to get your baby to sleep soundly. Continue reading to find out what they are, and learn about some tips for doing it effectively. Your baby deserves peaceful sleep –so, help them.
Helping your baby sleep is the beginning of their independent future. Their bedtime rituals are very important, and they need their sleep in order to develop like they should.
A newborn does not differentiate between day and night. Therefore, sleep schedules should be gradually established, the purpose being that at some point they understand that they should sleep at night and be awake during the day.
There is no instruction booklet on how to get your baby to sleep; each baby learns how to do it on their own. Likewise, since each baby is different, the steps below should help.
What to do to get your baby to sleep
1. Feed them a light dinner
The first step is to feed your baby dinner between 8:00 and 9:00. It should be light, so the food will digest quickly. That way your baby will be able to go to bed early and sleep enough to wake up with energy the next morning.
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2. The bath: a no-fail strategy to get your baby to sleep
It’s bath time, a perfect time to get your baby to wind down in the warm water. If you like, use scents like chamomile or lavender. They’ll help your baby sleep better.
3. Prepare the room
After feeding and bathing your baby, taking them to the bedroom is the next step. The area where they sleep should be cool enough that they can sleep comfortably the whole night.
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4. Lullabies and rocking
Now that you’re in the bedroom, hold your baby for a few minutes. Spoil them with hugs and rock them back and forth. Enjoy the moment, since they won’t be a baby forever. If you’re in the stage where they understand a little more, read a bedtime story.
Once your baby’s asleep, turn off the light. Make sure they’re warm enough, and leave on a small lamp if you like so they don’t get scared by total darkness if they wake up during the night.
Tips for helping get your baby to sleep
Dress your baby in comfy pajamas
If you want your baby to sleep soundly, dress them in comfortable pajamas. They’re usually 100% cotton because it is more comfortable and more hypo-allergenic.
Make sure they’re not too tight, and that whatever clothes you put them in is appropriate for the season. Also check that there are no tags that might bother them.
Keep the temperature controlled
A newborn enters the world from a pleasant, warm environment — the womb. To simulate that environment, keep an eye on the temperature in the room where they sleep.
Make sure there aren’t any drafts that might make your baby uncomfortable. However, you don’t want the room to be too hot, either. For a baby to get into a good sleep cycle, they need the right temperature.
Use aromatherapy and massage
Aromatherapy is the use of certain scents and oils to influence a person’s physical and mental state. It can give a person energy and a feeling of well-being.
And you can use it on your baby to help relax them and get them to sleep. Use scented oils to massage them. However, don’t use scents that are too strong, because they could cause an allergic reaction, making them sneeze and their eyes water. That won’t help them sleep.
These four steps, along with aromatherapy and massage, are a wonderful way to help get your baby to sleep feeling safe, loved, and sleepy. If you notice anything unusual, get to the pediatrician right away. Generally speaking, your baby will sleep and wake up as needed.