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10 Tips To Help Your Baby Sleep Independently

When you carry your baby home, nobody tells you that “sleep like a baby” only lasts a short time.

Why does your baby or toddler need to learn to fall asleep alone?

Simply put, your child or toddler needs to learn to sleep alone so that he or she can finally (when he or she is ready for development) sleep through the night so that they can grow up well and thrive. There is no golden age at which all babies will sleep through the night, of course – it depends on so many factors. But before your child learns how to sleep on his own, without your assistance, he will struggle to sleep through the night (or to take long, restorative naps, for that matter).

This article will give you 10 tips to help your baby sleep better. This article will give you 10 tips to help your baby sleep better.

1. Short wake-up time

The first week or so, your newborn baby is unlikely to be awake, but after the first week or two, the #1 trick for your newborn is to keep the wake periods very quick at first. After just 1-2 hours of wake time, you can soothe your baby to sleep. You’re supposed to watch for signs that she’s getting tired and start calming him. If you wait until she’s shaky, cranky or crying, you’re probably too late! Signs that your child is getting sleepy include:

  • Crying
  • Eye Rubbing
  • Fussiness

An overtired baby would have more trouble sleeping and sleeping and sleeping. Some babies are much more susceptible to being overtired than others, so while some will barely notice that their child is sleeping until she drifts to sleep, others will begin to know how close they need to be to their child!

By wake time, I mean to include feeds and diaper changes, and to disregard the time of him last nap.

2. Swaddle

To better imitate the feeling of your womb, it helps to swaddle your newborn baby. Basically, that means rolling it up in a blanket like a little burrito. You may have seen them do it in the hospital. This allows him to feel relaxed and comfortable, and also helps him to stay asleep at any moro-reflex or startle-reflex moment. It is said that these reflexes are similar to how we feel we’re going to fall asleep. It can take up to 4 or 5 months for your child to leave.

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3. Days of Light/Nights of Darkness

Although you might be tempted to keep it quiet and darker for your newborn to sleep well, it will prolong the day/night struggle that almost any newborn will have. Day/night confusion will last for up to six weeks. When she was in Mom’s womb, Mom’s movements lulled him to sleep, and she must have had a party when Mom was resting. When she comes out, she doesn’t know that she’s going to behave in the opposite way.

So, keep the days bright and upbeat, and the nights dark and dull, and let your baby get the days and nights out faster. This may be more than you want to hear, but the light is what directs our eyes to tell us to stay awake, or if it’s time to sleep.

4. Feeding routine

To help your newborn baby get good sleep day and night, you might want to develop a day-to-day play schedule. Keep it up for 30 minutes after feeding, playing, singing, bathing, etc. Again, the light that triggers his eyes would encourage him to make sure that the light of day is at least a little awake. Many people are recommending eating-play-sleep routines for newborns (EASY routine for baby)

5. Co-sleeping

Often it helps to have your baby in the room with you for easy access to mid-night feeding and diaper changes. It also can help give him more comfort when he’s near, as he can hear and smell you. For safety purposes, you should use a co-sleeper or a bassinet instead of having a baby in bed with you.

6. White Noise

White noise is made up of noises like a whirling fan, a vacuum cleaner, a hair dryer, etc. It makes a baby sleep because all the white noise was inside his mother’s womb. The sound of her blood flow, her heart pounding, etc. That’s why he takes comfort when you can run a vacuum cleaner. Of course, you can’t run the vacuum all day, so I suggest that you get a White Noise machine, a sound machine or a White Noise CD. I’ve got two seconds in each boy’s room so they don’t wake each other up and they’re working like a dream!

7. Burping a newborn after breastfeeding

Burping is one of the many activities that parents have before their child becomes more self-sufficient. Children and adults can easily release their own gas, but many babies need support because they have very little control of how their bodies are placed. Burping is going to make a child get a better sleep.

I’ve heard that it’s important to give your newborn a chance to burp, even if you’re breastfeeding.

8. Pre-Sleep Routine

Bedtime routines, and pre-nap routines, are great for sleep promotion. If you don’t have one, develop a consistent pre-sleep routine. Set up a daily bedtime routine that involves calm and fun activities that you can stick with as your baby grows older. Examples include bathing and bedtime stories. Activities that are most closely related to “lights out” can take place in the room where your child sleeps. Also, stop adding bedtime feeding to the bedtime routine after 6 months.

9. Sleep Environment Consistency

Set up a consistent atmosphere for the bedroom. Make sure the sleeping atmosphere of your child is the same at bedtime as it is all night long (e.g. lighting). Also, babies sleep best in a dark, comfortable, quiet room.

10. Sleep Training Plan

Create a schedule for sleep preparation. All your hard work has gotten you to this stage – time to develop your own personal sleeping schedule! Decide which sleep training tool you would like to use. Next, decide how you want to get to sleep training. It’s usually best to start with bedtime and then switch to the nap, but that’s not true in every situation.

Implement the strategy with trust and continuity over 2-4 weeks (depending on the method you choose). This is where the hard work is coming in. When you’ve put your strategy on paper, you need to follow it and stick to it. Parents should adhere to the schedule for at least a week (2 is better) before making any changes. Note, your goal in sleep training is to teach your child to sleep alone. This is a new skill for your little one – and they wouldn’t learn new things overnight! So, be consistent with your sleep training, and give your child or child time to learn a new way to sleep.

Parents, if you take these steps, you will teach your child to sleep alone, without your help. And that’s going to be the first move on the road to rested nights and relaxed nap!

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