Babies tend to sleep a lot, but not always when you want them to. This explains why most mothers turn to sleeping tips to help put babies to sleep. Babies tend to refuse to sleep especially at night. Just when you want to jump under the sheets and rest your head, your baby decides it’s time for fun and an all-night rave.
According to statistics, ‘sleeping through’ for the babies could be just a couple of hours. Regular waking at night is normal for infants due to their shorter sleep cycles, smaller tummies and spending more time sleeping than adults.
Here are sleeping tips to help your baby sleep:
Look out for signals
Although newborn is not yet a chatterbox, they still spend more time trying to communicate with you. The same way that babies have feeding cues, they also communicate tiredness in a number of ways. For example, they tend to lose interest in the surrounding being quiet and fussing indicates that they are feeling sleepy. Put them to bed immediately you start noticing these tiredness signals.
Establish a bedtime ritual
A regular bedtime ritual helps your baby anticipate the next step. These routines help calm them down and ready them for bed. You can start the ritual with baths, although babies do not need daily baths. Dim the lights, play calming music, and massaging the baby is a great way to relax them before bed.
Get a soundtrack
Playing relaxing music is a great way to get your baby to bed. Babies are surrounded by bodily noises while in the womb. Once born, you need to replicate the womb feeing to soothe your baby and remind them of the womb. White noise and rhythmic heartbeats are the best options and can easily help put your baby to sleep.
Keep things in motion
While in the womb, your baby was snuggled up and rocked to sleep every day for nine months. Rocking your baby helps put them to sleep. In fact, general motion, including driving, using a rocking chair, or slowly walking around will help your baby sleep. A swinging crib might be a great way to help your baby settle down and tops the list of ways to put your baby to sleep.
Babies below the age of three months have startling reflexes that look like instantaneous jerking movement and happens just before sleeping. These reflexes are partly to blame for sleep deprivation. Swaddling can help keep your baby asleep.
Reduce caffeine intake
The caffeine you take can affect the baby’s sleep if breastfeeding. If the baby keeps you up all night, do not take coffee to stay awake. If you do, keep in mind that babies take longer to flush out the caffeine from their body. Avoid caffeine or significantly reduce your intake.
Feed before bed
Feed your baby one last time before going to bed. You do not have to wake them up since babies can also feed in their sleep. This might help them to sleep a bit longer.
Change the diapers
Always change the diapers before bed. Most mothers tend to change after the night feed thus risking wake them up. Always have the changing supplies close to the bed and change while feeding.