What You Can Do to Help Your Baby Sleep Better

New parents know the pain of getting a new baby to sleep all too well. Infants keep their own stubborn bedtime schedule. However, your child should not fuss a lot when it’s time to sleep. Though babies don’t go to sleep when you want them to, there are things parents can do to facilitate better sleep for their children. Here are several tips that would reduce a fuss of getting an infant to sleep quickly:

Put the Infant in Crib before Sleep

New parents have a habit of cradling the infant to sleep and then placing the sleeping bundle in the crib or the bassinet. This is a bad practice that doesn’t help your child form good sleeping habits. Place your child in the crib when he or she is sleepy, but hasn’t actually fallen asleep yet. It would help the infant associate the feeling of the crib or the bassinet with sleep. Otherwise, the infant would get used to whatever parents do to get them to sleep, and never learn to sleep on their own.

Buy High-Quality Infant Bedding

Paediatricians recommend that infants have their own bedding to sleep in, such as a bassinet or a crib with a special baby mattress.  Adult bedding is not considered suitable for babies, as the blankets, fibres, and that “sinking in” feeling could increase the risk of SIDS. You should ask your paediatrician for the best recommendations. However, it’s generally accepted that the infant should have his or her own bed without blankets for a comfortable night of sleep.

Keep Night-Time Activities Quiet

 Infants are not yet adept at telling the difference between day and night. However, there are cues parents can provide that make babies more prone to sleeping at night. How your feed the infant matters here a lot. When you are nursing him or her during daytime, keep things lively and noisy. That means making sounds and talking so that the child stays awake. Change this routine at night and make the nursing time quiet and calm. Rock the infant so he or she knows it’s time to fall asleep.

Perform Calming Activities

Don’t exaggerate the bedtime routine. Some parents may take things to the extreme to make their child fall asleep. Don’t take the infant on a car ride to help her fall asleep, for example. Rather, when it’s bedtime, do calming things like rocking the child and singing a lullaby. A warm bath and comfortable pyjamas (after three months) would certainly help as well.

Adult Noises Should Be Kept Down

Don’t expect your infant to fall asleep when the TV is on loudly. Adults should keep their noise levels down to help babies sleep better. Reduce all household noises, including TV, music players, computers, or any noises in the kitchen. Don’t talk on the phone while rocking the child to sleep. Just as with adults, babies can’t fall asleep in noisy environments.

The best recommendation is that from four or five months onward, you should help your infant fall asleep on his or her own. Rock them until there are sleepy, but put them down on the crib so they fall asleep without assistance. This helps the child’s natural sleep-wake cycle develop. You can try the methods mentioned above in addition until your child is old enough to go to sleep on her own.

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