It is a fact. When baby doesn’t sleep, nobody sleeps. At least, most people can’t sleep with a crying baby in the house. They may try. But usually the wallowing and the sobbing will eventually break into their slumber. This means that it is up to mommy and daddy to find ways to help baby to sleep and keep him from becoming a Mr. Fussypants. According to the website, Ask Dr. Sears, some of the ways to get baby to sleep are simple and some of them a little stressful.
Give Baby A Massage
You like massages? Why wouldn’t baby like them? Massage baby’s back in gentle strokes. This can help her digestion. It can also help relax her.
Give Her A Reason To Be Tired
We all will fall asleep quicker if we are tired. Babies must have a reason to be tired to go to sleep, as well. You can help make her tired by talking to her throughout her day. You can also take her on a long walk in her stroller. This will give her things to look out and keep her senses active.
Turn Up The Static
Calming static like noises can help babies and adults go to sleep faster. They are calming to the nerves. They can also help drown out outside noises. Plus, they have a womblike sound to them. This can include such white noises such as a fan or a recording of a heartbeat.
Don’t Overfed Baby
Yes, you may worry about not giving baby enough food. Yet, if you over-feed baby it can disrupt her sleep pattern and cause her to have digestive problems. Digestive problems, in fact, can disrupt sleep. A good rule of thumb is to try to wait at least two and half hours from one feeding before you begin the next one.
Be Flexible On Where baby Sleeps
Not all babies will sleep the best in the same places. Some babies will sleep perfectly in their own bassinets in their own rooms. Other babies may have to have their bassinets placed in their parent’s room. This may change as the child gets a little older. Be open to flexible sleeping arrangements as your child matures and as your family situations changes.
Watch About How You Train Your Baby To Go To Sleep
Yes, you may enjoy rocking your baby to sleep. However, you shouldn’t train her to go to sleep in this manner. There could be occasions when you can’t rock her to sleep. You may be needed elsewhere when her bedtime arises. You may come down with the flu and may not want your germs near here. For this reason, it is best to train your baby in many different rituals when it comes to bedtime. It is even good to have her used to be put to sleep by two parents, instead of just one, if that is possible.
If You Are BreastFeeding, Limit Your Diet
Yes, what you are eating will affect how your child behaves, if you are breastfeeding. For this reason, it is best to limit dairy and caffeine in your diet, at this time.
Allow Baby To Cry
If you know baby is alright, you can allow her to stay alone for a few minutes and cry. If you have already fed, burped, and changed her, she is alright. Why is she crying? She may be fighting sleep. If the crying is fraying on your nerves, take a breather. Allow her to cry it out for a few minutes. While you are doing this, she may just go to sleep.
Finally, remember that this stage of your baby’s life will not last. Soon she will be sleeping through the night and so will you.