Having a new baby is wondrous, a truly blessed time, that is marked with major sleep deprivation for most parents. Moms especially can feel the pressure to be awake at all hours of the night for round-the-clock feedings. Developing a normal sleep schedule is important to your well-being as an adult. Trust that your baby can learn to sleep through the night. Regain confidence in your parenting abilities as your child begins to respond to some of the best baby sleep tips. Follow some of the best advice that I can give, based on my personal experience as a mother of two children under age four, as I examine 10 tips on how to get a baby to sleep.
Invest In A Quality ‘Moonlight Slumber’ Crib Mattress
Buying a crib is an investment in your child’s sleep schedule. Splurge for quality. My advice is to get the highest rated crib mattress to provide a healthy, comfortable sleep environment. I remember as a kid thinking my mattress was so stiff, and I personally think babies would have the same reaction to a poorly made mattress. Wholeheartedly, I can recommend the Starlight Supreme mattress created by Moonlight Slumber, which has endorsements from multiple celebrities and from Princess Firyal of Jordan. My child sleeps the instant she lays down to rest because of the luxurious foam. The mattress goes through the most extensive testing program on the market, which covers air quality, product performance, and material contents.
Create A Bedtime Routine
As your baby reaches 6 months old, she develops object permanence, which means she begins to understand that you come back when you leave. As your baby develops object permanence, you need to develop a bedtime routine of having the baby sleep in the crib. Routine is critical at this age. If your child stays in your bed through this phase, you might end up with a preschooler who still plans to sleep in your bed. Honestly, you will sleep much better if you put your baby to bed in the crib consistently after she is 6 months old.
Provide Comfort For Your Baby
Give your baby comfort to communicate that rest time is a time of relaxation. Pat your baby on her back. Give your baby comfort with light, gently caresses. Personally, I usually do baby back massages, which put my baby right to sleep. As your baby relaxes, she will get into a comfortable position and start sleeping in no time.
Bathe Your Baby
Baths make babies sleepy. Use tepid warm water to help lull your baby into a rested state of mind. Personally, I use a washcloth, and I let my baby relax in the tub for about 20 minutes with me. Wash your baby with high quality products, as you want bath time to be happy, but untested products can create irritations. Personally, I use Noodle and Boo, which has an affordable Essential Care Kit for only $15. Known for quality, Noodle and Boo products are FDA-approved, hypoallergenic, clinically tested, pediatrician tested, and perfect for babies with sensitive skin or eczema. High quality skin products can help your baby stay comfortable during sleep time, while you can rest assured that your child is using products that have been tested extensively.
Dress Baby For Bedtime
Keep your baby at a comfortable temperature throughout the night. Examine where the crib is located, because a drafty crib near a door or window means you should dress your baby appropriately. Judge your baby’s temperature needs by dressing your baby in one more layer than you wear. Double check that your baby is not too hot or too cold. Babies can overheat if swaddled with too many layers. Swaddling works well in infants, but as babies get older, and don’t want to stay in the swaddle, use fleece sleep-sacks for winter and light cotton nightgowns for summer. Avoid using blankets until your baby is a year old.
Nursing Moms, Check Your Diet
If you are nursing, your baby could have a hard time getting to sleep if your diet is not baby-friendly. Avoid spicy foods, which can cause an upset tummy. Reduce your intake of caffeine, or quit caffeine altogether to help get your baby’s sleep on schedule. Personally, I’m too much of a coffee lover to follow this tip often.
Double Check That Your Baby’s Tummy Is Full
Hunger can keep your baby awake. When in doubt, feed your baby. Always burp your baby well because a baby that needs to burp feels uncomfortable and stays awake.
Check Your Baby’s Diaper
Even the smallest bit of pee on a wet diaper can make your baby fussy. If your baby is fed and has trouble sleeping, give a new diaper to help provide comfort.
Sing To Your Baby
Sing a lullaby to help ease your baby to sleep. Popular lullabies are educational for your baby, and can help create a more relaxed state as your baby is lulled to sleep. If you don’t have lullabies memorized, improvise a song. Your baby will not know that you are making up the song, and will be pleasantly relieved to hear your voice. Using a lullaby CD can work too. Just remember to choose relaxing songs.
Let Baby Fuss For A Few Minutes
Let your baby fuss just for a few minutes. Rushing to your baby at the slightest sound can make you sleep deprived and anxious. As your baby learns to follow a sleep time routine, falling to sleep without your aid will become more easy for her. Letting your baby cry it out for five minutes is fine. Just make sure that your baby is fed well and has a diaper before you let her fuss.
I was offered a free Moonlight Slumber Starlight Supreme mattress and a free Noodle and Boo Essential Care Kit to examine in my writing.