Posted on Sep 25, 2007 | Comments 0
One of the hardest parts in the first year of your babyâ€™s life is getting him to sleep through the night.
By developing a solid baby sleeping schedule will enable your baby to sleep for longer periods of time, thus allowing you to have more restful nights as well.
You must develop a realistic attitude about nighttime parenting and develop a long-term plan about baby sleeping. Those will teach your baby a restful attitude about sleep.
You should understand that no single baby sleeping approach will work with all babies and that itâ€™s very important to keep an open mind and remain flexible during this process. If your baby sleeping plan just isnâ€™t working, then drop it.
Be flexible in the particular baby sleeping method which you use in order to lull your baby to sleep. Donâ€™t depend only on just rocking and just nursing in order to entice your infant to sleep. Use several different routines that can be associated with sleep time.
Baby sleeping methods:
- Teach your baby a regular routine. Every night right before bed, follow the rituals, such as bath, read her a story, nurse, rock, sing, and massage her until she went to sleep. Then place your baby in the crib.
- Donâ€™t change the baby sleeping place. Decide where baby sleeps best and put your baby to sleep in the same place every time, so that when she is put down in her crib she will understand that it is time to go to sleep.
- Do all pre-bed activities in the babyâ€™s room, so that she can understand that it is time to go to sleep.
- In addition, constant bedtimes and rituals are the key to a successful transition to sleep, and help your little one stay asleep longer.
- Teach your baby that daytime is for playing and eating and that nighttime is for sleeping.
- Set predictable and consistent baby sleeping routines.
- For your baby sleeping, eliminate as much noise and light from the room as possible.
- Play some soft soothing music which can help drown out outside noises and help your baby sleep more soundly.
- Donâ€™t change the baby sleeping timings; it can be a stressful and confusing thing, thus causing everyone to loss sleep as a result.
- A full tummy helps to sleep your baby for longer hours.
- Reduce physical discomforts, such as clear the nose, change the diaper, relieve teething pain, and remove airborne irritants.
- Keep the room temperature not too low or not too high.
- Arrange a warm bed.