How Do I Get My Baby To Sleep?
Aahhhhh sleep! The most peaceful time for a new mom is when her baby is taking a nap. And really, early infancy sort of spoils us. How? Today we will cover brief information about “How Do I Get My Baby To Sleep?”.
Well, from the time you bring your baby home from the hospital, it seems all they want to do is sleep. When they are awake, as long as they are held and fed, they are pretty easy to deal with AND they fall asleep easily, with little effort or fuss.
Boy, do things change fast! Suddenly, you find yourself at a stage where your baby resists sleep and fights naps, or wakes up time and time again during the night. So what is a weary mom to do?
The first piece of advice is to take a look at some of the popularized methods of acclimating your child to sleep. Instead of following one or the other, I recommend the following bits and pieces from all of them based on your needs and the temperament of your baby.
The second thing to consider is what kind of sleep schedule or routine you have set up in your household. No matter how you get your baby to sleep, your routine before bed…is a key component.
Also, since you are accustomed to your baby sleeping all the time, consider that you might be trying to force too much sleep on your baby as they grow.
Certainly, they need anywhere from 12 – 14 hours of sleep, but around 4 months of age, it may be that your baby only needs two shorter naps during the day. By six months, perhaps one long nap midday works best.
As you near sleep time, you need to start setting the mood. The most common bedtime routine starts with a relaxing baby, and some snuggle time. Rub your baby with lotion, change them into their pajamas, and keep things around the home calm and peaceful.
Then, start talking about nighttime, go into their bedroom, and start winding down the day. If your baby takes a bottle, you can either rock them to sleep or not. Some parents believe rocking a baby spoils them – however, you have to do what works for you.
The next consideration in your routine is whether you lie your baby down while they are slightly awake, or lie them down in their crib when they are completely asleep. Again, personal preference. Just make sure that whatever you do is something that you can maintain because you are setting a schedule! As they get older, you may have to adjust your routine and begin allowing them to fall asleep in their crib without you.
Just make sure that whatever you do is something that you can maintain because you are setting a schedule! As they get older, you may have to adjust your routine and begin allowing them to fall asleep in their crib without you.
You should still set up a bedtime routine, and just slowly but surely reassure them as you lie them down. Allow them to have a book to play with, turn on some soft music, and see if they can transition into falling asleep on their own.
Getting your baby to sleep shouldn’t be difficult! If your baby is resisting sleep, decide whether they aren’t tired, or perhaps they are just not comfortable with the bedtime routine in your home.
Then, make adjustments until you find something that works FOR YOU! If this means lying down with your baby until they drift off to sleep, and you are okay with that – so be it! While parental advice is available in droves, it is you that has to make the decision as to what is best for your baby.
Your job is to ensure they get ample sleep to encourage development and keep them healthy. Try removing the struggle from bedtime by setting a routine, setting the tone for bedtime, and sticking with it.