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Top Ways to get your baby to sleep

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Introduction

Getting your baby to sleep can be a challenge, but there are ways to make it easier. If you're not sure where to start, try these tips:


Start a bedtime routine

  • A bedtime routine can make your baby feel safe and secure, which will help them fall asleep more easily.

  • Start a bedtime routine by bringing your baby into their bedroom and giving them some cuddles before laying them down to sleep. Try reading stories or singing songs together as well as turning off any lights or electronics that you may have on in their room (TVs, computers etc.).

  • The following are good examples of bedtime routines:

  • Singing a lullaby such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or Rock-a-bye Baby

  • Reading a book about things happening slowly like The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Get a pacifier

Here's the deal: pacifiers are like a dream come true for parents. They're small, portable, and can be used to calm your baby when you don't have another idea about what else to do. However, that doesn't mean that you should shove one into their mouth every time they start crying or fussing (no matter how tired you are). In fact, experts recommend waiting until your baby is 6 weeks old before giving them a pacifier at all—and even then, using it sparingly. A good rule of thumb? Don’t use a pacifier as a substitute for comforting your child during an emotional meltdown; instead use it as an occasional coping mechanism for when he or she has something more minor on their mind—like being hungry or needing their diaper changed.


Keep it Dark

Keeping it dark is a tried and true way to get your baby to sleep.

  • For example, even the smallest amount of light can disrupt their sleep cycle.

  • If you are worried about the darkness, use a nightlight (which will also help keep them from bumping into things).

  • If you are worried about the light, use a blackout curtain (to block out streetlights or sun).

Here are some tips on how to keep it dark in your baby's room: Make sure that all windows and doors are closed properly before you leave. Leave the lights off. Keep any small nightlights in places where they won't disturb your sleep.

The most important thing to do is make sure that the room is completely dark. There are a few ways you can accomplish this: Turn off all lights in your baby's room and leave the door open.


Swaddle your baby

  • Swaddle a newborn. Newborns are usually swaddled with the arms straight down at the sides, but older babies and toddlers can be swaddled with their arms snugly wrapped around them. If you're putting your baby to bed in a crib, try using a wearable blanket that they can't pull off like this one.

  • Swaddle preemies. Premature babies have smaller bodies than full-term infants and often have trouble regulating their temperature when they sleep—which means that many need to be swaddled for better sleep quality and safety (for example, some hospitals require it). The extra warmth from being tightly wrapped helps keep them warm enough during those fragile early weeks in which parents may be wondering if their child will even survive long enough to cry out for help!


Put your baby down drowsy but awake

There are a few ways to put your baby down to sleep so that they fall asleep on their own. The first is the easiest and most obvious: just place them in their crib, bassinet, or wherever else you're keeping them for the night. This may sound silly, but if you've ever tried it before, you know how many parents struggle with this simple task. The best way to make sure it goes smoothly is by following these steps:

  • Put your baby down drowsy but awake (e.g., when they're still clinging onto consciousness)

  • Lay your child on their back with a firm mattress and no pillows or blankets nearby

  • Leave the room immediately and close the door so as not to wake them again during this process

The second option for putting a baby down to sleep is using white noise. White noise is any sound that has the same intensity at all frequencies, so it masks other sounds. The most common types include fans, air conditioners, radios, televisions—even washing machines. A lot of families swear by this method because they find it soothing and calming in stressful situations.


Put the crib in your bedroom

Put the crib in your bedroom.

Your baby needs to feel safe and secure, and this starts with feeling close to you. Putting their bed right next to yours is a great way for them to feel connected even when they’re asleep.

This will also help with nighttime feedings if you can keep one arm on your baby while feeding with another. “My son was a very light sleeper and would wake up at the slightest noise from our bedroom,” says Jody.

This is another reason why the Full Body swaddle is a Must Have.



Put your baby on a schedule

In order to do this, you need to keep a schedule for your baby. The first thing you’ll want to do is decide on the approximate number of naps or nighttime sleeps that your baby needs per day (for example, four naps and one nighttime sleep). Then, divide each nap or nighttime sleep into smaller increments. If it’s easier for you to get up at 5:00am every morning in order to feed your infant before their 6:00am nap, then set aside the time before 5:00am each day as “awake time” until it comes time for that first feeding. It may also help if you make specific plans with another person so that they know when they can call and wake up your baby during this period in order to feed them or change their diaper—this way no one will feel rushed when trying not only get themselves ready but also be sure everything else around them (like getting dressed) is ready too!


These tips will help you get your baby to sleep.

These tips will help you get your baby to sleep.

  • The first trick is to let the baby go to bed at 7:30 p.m., just like a normal person would do. Babies are people too, and need regular sleep patterns like everyone else!

  • This second trick is called "sleep training." It involves putting your baby down in his/her crib after an hour or so of gentle playing, with music playing softly in the background (ideally Mozart). Then once he/she falls asleep, you leave him/her alone until morning time (or until they wake up). This gives them plenty of time for nice deep REM sleep cycles that will be very beneficial for their development as humans who can think and talk later on in life!

  • The last trick depends on whether or not you have twins: if yes then see step 1; if not then skip steps 1 & 2 and go straight into step 3 which is that sometimes babies won't fall asleep unless they're being held tightly by someone else (you!). In this case just hold onto your child while rocking back and forth slowly so as not disturb them too much--the motion will lull them gently into slumberland without causing any trauma whatsoever."


Conclusion

I hope these tips have helped you find a good routine for your baby. You’ll be surprised by how quickly they work and how much better life can be when your baby sleeps through the night.

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