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Sleeping Difficulties: How to Ensure Better Baby Sleep

Tips to better baby sleep, Consistency is key, Make bedtime enjoyable, Swaddle your baby, Give children time to asleep, Give children a moment,  Do not make eye contact, Reject fun, Create a soothing environment, Block out the light, Recognize a tired baby, Lower temperature, Have necessities ready, Tag team, Lead children to the pacifier, A better sleep for all

How to Ensure Better Baby Sleep

(1) Tips to Better Baby Sleep

One of the most rewarding things as a new parent is listening the sweet sounds of silence. That is, your baby sleeps in peace! Every baby is unique in his sleeping habits, which is difficult for parents to navigate.

To help you achieve a better sleep for the baby, consider these tips to improve your baby's snooze sessions.

(a) Consistency is key

A bedtime routine can help a child wind down before bed, and it may also help him prepare for the end of the day, either mentally or physically. Pre-bedtime activities could include a bottle, bedtime story and pajamas.

Children will know what is expected of them when these things appear, and that playtime is over. Try to make the room a little quieter when this routine begins.

(b) Make bedtime enjoyable

Sleeping should not be seen as a bad thing in the eyes of a child. Make bedtime a relaxing, soothing experience for them by incorporating a soothing nightlight, some natural sounds of music, their favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Nighttime should be a comfortable experience for them.

As an extension of this, bedtime should not always be a punishment for children. This makes sleeping something children want to avoid. If they find themselves in trouble, a time-out may be more helpful.

(c) Swaddle your baby

Children will still prefer a warm, protective space similar to what the womb provided, especially in their first few years. To keep the baby warm and wrapped in a comfortable position, the sleep-suits and swaddles are great.

Swaddling may even stop babies from waking themselves up with sudden movements and jolts, and it can also halt jumpy babies from hitting or scratching themselves.

(d) Give children time to asleep

The key to good sleep is getting your baby down while they are still awake. This way, they associate their bed with something that makes them cozy and sleepy.

While it is gratifying to have your child fall asleep in your arms, this will teach him lousy sleeping habits as he grows older. Having them fall asleep in their crib will help them to become more independent sleepers, and that will be much easier for you.

(e) Give children a moment

Hearing a baby's cries is hard! When you hear your baby crying in his/her crib, stop and wait a few minutes. You do not necessarily need to help him/her; he or she may already be in the habit of crying just because they do not want to go to bed yet.

Instead, wait a little while. If children need a change or have lost their soother, you can go in. Within a few minutes, however, he or she may be able to put themselves back to sleep, which is a huge win.


Tips to better baby sleep, Consistency is key, Make bedtime enjoyable, Swaddle your baby, Give children time to asleep, Give children a moment,  Do not make eye contact, Reject fun, Create a soothing environment, Block out the light, Recognize a tired baby, Lower temperature, Have necessities ready, Tag team, Lead children to the pacifier, A better sleep for all

(f) Do not make eye contact

If, during bedtime, your children make eye contact with you, they may think it is time to wake up. If, for any reason, you need to go into the room, try to soothe them without looking at them, and then put them back down without too much interaction.

Soothe them, but do not speak with them. Keep the room dark, so it is clear this is not the time to be woken up.

(g) Reject fun

Children can easily switch off their tired mode, and head back into playtime. As a parent, it is essential to try to keep calm and collected when the time for bed rolls around.

Children will try to entice you to have a giggle fest, but now is not the right time. Even if you feel guilty about not playing with them, this will make both of your mornings so much more manageable!

(h) Avoid or prepare for diaper changes

Even if you know that the morning will be a mess, skipping diaper changes is helpful. These movements can trick your child into thinking it is time to wake up and play.

If this is unavoidable, have all the necessary items you need to change at a location outside of the bedroom. This practice will help you avoid spending too much time in the room searching for the items, and you will not have to turn on the light to find anything.

(i) Create a soothing environment

Soothing music can help drown out other sounds around the house and help kids sleep faster. Choose a music player with a few different sound options, so that you can find out what your child loves the most.

It could be white noise, sounds of water, or even a lullaby. Once they find something they like, turn that noise into their bedroom before they lie down.

(j) Block out the light

A dark room is the best way to tell your child that it is time to sleep. Additionally, if they do happen to wake up in the middle of the night, they will not know from the darkness that it is not time to wake up yet.

Find some light-cancelling curtains to block out the light. As they get older, these curtains may be opened slowly so that they do not get accustomed to complete darkness.

This will help them to stay asleep when they are in new environments with the same light-cancelling curtains.


Tips to better baby sleep, Consistency is key, Make bedtime enjoyable, Swaddle your baby, Give children time to asleep, Give children a moment,  Do not make eye contact, Reject fun, Create a soothing environment, Block out the light, Recognize a tired baby, Lower temperature, Have necessities ready, Tag team, Lead children to the pacifier, A better sleep for all 

(k) Recognize a tired baby

If you see any sign of your child feeling tired, be it a yawn or rosy cheeks, take action immediately. When it comes to a child’s sleep, timing is critical, and if you miss your window, there is a good chance that you will be on a fussy night.

These little signs show that the body is ready to sleep, and that an immediate action will improve the chances of drifting off to sleep easily. Waiting too long will make your child very tired, and wakefulness hormones will start kicking in. 

At this point, it may be too late for your child to go to sleep without fighting. You will quickly recognize your baby’s signs; just make sure that both parents know the signs. 

(l) Lower temperature

People of all ages tend to have better rest when sleeping in cooler temperatures. The thermostat should be between 68 and 72 Fahrenheit so that your child can have more comfort. 

If it is too cold, when checking their temperature, many parents tend to feel the fingers or toes of their baby. These parts of the body will feel cold in most cases, but this does not mean that your child is cold. 

Instead, check the baby's chest temperature. This part of the body is the area that can tell you whether or not it is comfortable. 

(m) Have necessities ready

A full diaper could mean a massive mess in your baby's crib, but turning on the lights and trying to do a total sheet change is game over for a good sleep. Instead, always be ready and prepared with necessities. You may be considering putting extra sheets and swaddles outside the bedroom in a cabinet to do so. 

You may also consider inserting a water-resistant pad between two sheets. In the event of a mess, you can peel off the sheet and the pad, and you still have a dry layer waiting underneath. The preparation will make changing the sheet a quick and simple process, and your baby will be back in bed in no time. 

(n) Tag team

Having a solid 5 hours of sleep each night is critical to the overall health of partners and their performance as parents. To do this, partners are required to work as a team every night, even though the nursing job is a one-person show. 

Partners can wait for their turn, changing or soothing the baby, or anything else that is required. You may have varied "night shifts" depending on the work schedules, so that everyone still feels refreshed in the morning. 

(o) Lead children to the pacifier

Many babies wake up at night only because they cannot find pacifiers. You can fix this issue by teaching your child to know where to find the pacifier alone! 

Simply put the pacifiers in each corner of the crib, then spend each night guiding your baby's arm to reach for the pacifiers in any corner. This practice will ensure that they will be able to locate an edge of the crib no matter how they twist and turn. 

After about a week, they should be able to reach for the corners and find the pacifier themselves. This will reduce the parents’ need to go into the bedroom at all. 

(2) A better sleep for all

By following these tips, the child will not only get a night of better sleep, but the parents will also get! Consider incorporating these suggestions so that everyone gets to bed on time and wake up feeling happy and refreshed.
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