Tips For Getting Baby To Sleep*
Getting baby to sleep is something that all moms approach differently – but ultimately, we all want baby to be safe, warm and comfortable. It’s something that comes up in many baby & toddler discussions, as I’m sure we’ve all had some bad experiences and lost out on some essential sleep for ourselves! Although it’s a process that mom and baby need to work through gradually, here are some tips that might help things move more smoothly:
1. Tuck in time
Set a tuck in time for when baby is sleepy but not quite ready to doze off. This means that they will get into a routine of getting themselves off to sleep. To instil this sense of routine, you might want to also give baby dinner and a bath at the same time every night just before heading up to bed. Consistency is key when it comes to a sleeping plan.
2. Look after you
When baby wakes up during the night looking for some milk, mom is often the only one on hand to help out! Make sure you take naps through the day, have a comfortable bed and refrain from drinking caffeinated drinks so that you can sleep properly and are well rested. If you are napping through the day, it’s also a good idea to do some gentle exercise in the evening to tire you out. If your health and well being is starting to be affected, switch to a breast pump and get dad to help with the night shift.
3. Be realistic
Bedtime is a routine that will always prove tricky when bringing up kids – you can only do your best to make it easier. There will be hard evenings, lots of crying and maybe even a tinge of guilt but it’s all part of the process. Share responsibilities with your partner and make sure that you’re in it together, you can discuss what’s going wrong and what’s going right.
You know your baby best and are the only person who can determine what approach to use for bedtimes and naps. There are so many advised methods out there so talk to your doctor, speak to your friends and use the internet to get advice and information on what to do. If you really can’t bear to hear baby cry for too long – ask for help.
Of course there are also the basics – make sure baby lies on his or her back, block out any light or distractions, make sure they get afternoon naps. You’re probably doing a great job as it is, but always try to absorb as much advice as you can from guides and books!
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