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How to Make Your Baby Sleep Well at Night (Easy Tips)

Updated: Nov 14, 2022



Introduction

If you’re a new parent, it may feel like your little one never sleeps. In fact, newborn babies typically sleep most of the day and night—an average of 16 to 17 hours per day in the first few months after birth. Babies can't tell you when they're tired or need help falling asleep at night; it's up to parents to make sure their babies get enough rest. Here are some tips on how to make sure your baby gets a good night’s sleep:

Put your baby to sleep on his back.

Put your baby to sleep on his back.

  • Use a firm, flat mattress. A firm mattress is best for your baby’s developing spine and hips, so it will be easier for him to roll over and move around in the crib. You should use a fitted sheet (not a thick blanket or quilt) under your baby when he sleeps at night or naps during the day to keep him warm, but don’t let loose blankets or pillows cover his face or head while he sleeps.

  • Only use wearable blankets as clothing—not loose fabric that could get tangled around your baby’s neck while he sleeps or plays with it during the day—and make sure they are snug enough so that they won’t come off during movement in the crib. This can increase the risk of SIDS if there isn't any soft material close enough for them to reach out and grab onto when needed!

Keep your baby’s crib clear from any items, such as crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and toys.

Keep your baby’s crib clear from any items, such as crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and toys.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all babies sleep in a bare crib or bassinet without any extra padding or covers. This includes using a baby monitor instead of having constant visual contact with the newborn.

Babies should not be placed on soft surfaces like pillows or cushions because they can suffocate if they roll over into them while sleeping on their tummy or side.

Dress your baby in clothing suitable for his room temperature.

Dress your baby in clothing suitable for his room temperature. Some babies sleep better when they're bundled up, while others sleep better if they're dressed lightly. Experiment with different outfits and see what works best for your little one.

Don't use blankets or covers in the crib! It's tempting to add a blanket over your baby after he has fallen asleep, but keep in mind that he's already warm enough to sleep comfortably. If you cover him up too much, it can make it difficult for him to breathe properly and regulate his body temperature throughout the night. It's also important not to give too many layers of clothing since this could cause overheating as well as overheating from the heat generated by friction caused by movement or tossing and turning during slumber


Set a consistent bedtime routine every night.

To help your baby wind down and get ready for sleep, make sure to have a routine that you do every night at the same time (about 1 hour before bedtime). You can use this time to calm your baby down after being active throughout the day.

  • Include some sort of bath or shower since it is relaxing for them and helps to prepare their body for rest.

  • Read a story or sing a lullaby together in order to calm them down even further. This will also give you time together, which is important for bonding between parents and kids!

  • Think about other activities that will make your child feel relaxed such as massaging their feet with lotion or taking them outside so they can enjoy some fresh air.

Make sure they get enough sleep during the day.

Your baby is going to need a lot of sleep, but you can help him make the most of the time he spends in dreamland by giving him plenty of rest while the sun is out.

Your baby’s brain and body are still developing, so it’s important that he gets enough sleep during the day. An infant should receive between 12 and 16 hours per day, says The National Sleep Foundation. That may sound like a lot (and believe us—it is), but your little one needs a good chunk of that time for his brain to develop properly. You can help by making sure he gets lots of naps throughout the day: Aim for at least two or three per 24-hour period; if there are any long stretches when he doesn’t get enough rest, his development will likely be affected negatively.

Follow a good feeding schedule.

Follow a good feeding schedule.

This is the most important thing you can do to help your baby sleep well at night. When you feed your baby, always give him or her each time on the same schedule, so that he or she knows what to expect and gets into a routine.

Start with one hour before bedtime and then go up from there until it’s about three hours before bedtime by their first birthday (four hours for older babies). Feeding schedules should be flexible; if they’re not hungry, don’t force them to eat! It's important that they're only eating when they want to eat, otherwise they'll eventually start refusing food altogether.

In addition to this schedule during the day and night, there are two other things you should keep in mind: quantity of food and duration of feedings. Make sure that your baby is getting enough calories throughout the day so that he or she doesn't go too long between meals; this will ensure that he or she isn't hungry during the night either way because no one likes being hungry! The same goes for duration: make sure he/she isn't staying up too long after eating because this could result in feeling drowsy during daylight hours when Mommy needs help around the house (which means less time spent bonding with Daddy). If none of these tips work try talking with someone who has experience dealing with newborns -- maybe an older sibling? Someone else who has been through this situation? A friend who loves babies? A pediatrician?


Be flexible with nap times and schedules.

While it might seem like your baby is the only one who needs a nap in the afternoon, she's not. As a parent, you are often busy with work or chores and may need some time to yourself. It can be hard to find a quiet corner for yourself. But if you want your child to sleep well at night and get up for good morning naps, it's important that she gets enough rest during the day in order to keep her energy level up.

While some children take naps at around 2 pm and wake up at 6 am, others prefer slightly different schedules—especially if they're going through a growth spurt or have developed other habits (such as eating dinner late). Don't force your child into taking long naps if she doesn't want them; instead make sure that her daytime schedule works for both of you! You can always ask her what times work best for her so that everyone is happy!

Set a regular schedule for waking up and naps.

When it comes to getting a baby to sleep well at night, consistency is key. It's important that your baby develops regular patterns for eating and sleeping. Setting a routine will help them feel comfortable and secure in their environment. This can be done by feeding the baby on a schedule, making sure they either nap or go to bed at the same time every day, and making sure they wake up at the same time every morning (if possible).

Get your baby outside regularly.

It's important for your baby to get regular exposure to sunlight and fresh air. Going outdoors in the early morning or late afternoon is ideal, the time when the sun's rays are less intense and temperatures are moderate.

Try bundling your baby up in warm clothing and taking him outside on a nice day, so he can spend some time soaking up vitamin D while you enjoy the sunshine yourself. If it's cold out or if it will be too much of a hassle getting him outside during these hours, try bringing the sunshine indoors by opening up curtains or blinds during this time of day.

When you go outside with your little one, make sure to bring along a blanket so that he/she can be wrapped up if needed as well as stroller or carrier (if you're using one) if walking around with them isn't possible due to any physical limitations they might have.


Use white noise or lullabies to help her fall asleep faster or stay asleep longer.

White noise can help your baby sleep.

Besides being a great option for keeping your baby awake at night, white noise is also a calming tool that can be used to help your little one fall asleep faster or stay asleep longer.

The reason why many babies are soothed by the sounds of running water or an electric fan on high is because they remind them of being in the womb. The sound of air moving around inside their mother's body was constant, so it's no wonder they love it!

If you're not sure what kind of white noise would work best for your family, start with these:

Good sleep habits can help your baby get all the sleep that he needs.

Good sleep habits can help your baby get all the sleep that he needs.

Babies need more sleep than adults. As a newborn, they spend 16 to 18 hours a day sleeping and wake up at least once during the night for several feedings. As they grow older and become more active, babies will naturally begin to sleep for longer periods of time at night and nap more during the day. Most parents have concerns about their baby getting enough sleep because it’s difficult for them to understand how much rest is needed by young children until this natural cycle occurs over time.

Here are some tips on how to make sure that your child gets enough shut-eye:

Conclusion

We hope that this guide has helped you to understand how to help your baby get a good night’s sleep. The most important thing is that you stay consistent and persistent with the routine, but don’t worry if it takes some time for your little one to get used to it!


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