>> Mar 11, 2015
There are few things that can really fulfill your life more than having a baby. These little creatures will without doubt, turn your entire life upside down in the most positive way imaginable. At the same time the complex sleeping routines of a baby sleep will mean that you will generally sleep less than your baby. While this may sound like a simple thing to deal with, if you only do it for a couple of days, sooner or later you will get extremely tired of the nonstop wakeup calls in the middle of the night. This often happens until the babies don’t find their own proper sleep routine and it will cause them to wake up almost all the time. In order to avoid this, here are some of the best ways to keep your baby sleeping when they should be sleeping.
Time for Sleep
Your baby won’t really know when it is time to sleep until you teach it. Being a baby is hard work. You need to learn tons of stuff every day and all you do is eating, resting, learning and learning some more. In most cases your newborn baby will often become so animated with learning new things, playing or eating that it can often completely forget to sleep. This means that it will usually develop irregular sleeping patterns and this can become a major problem for any parent that likes to sleep or is simply a human being who needs more than two hours of sleep in a chunk. You have to show your baby when it is time to sleep by conditioning her current state so that she can connect some of the actions that are happening around her with sleeping. Whether it is rocking her to sleep or diming the lights in your home, you have to maintain persistency for your baby to understand that it should go to sleep. Associating sleeping with elements like lack of light or calm rocking motions will condition the baby to go to sleep after a while.
If your baby keeps going to sleep all the time every few hours and then wakes up, you can be sure that they will do the same at night as well. Keeping your sleeping patterns precise as much as possible will greatly help you out with this problem. Make sure that you stop the play time before the time that your baby goes to sleep and that you feed your kid long before that. This way, your baby will constantly go to sleep at the same time of the day which will allow them to build up certain sleep structure that you can follow. This doesn’t mean just more rest for you, although you will need it, but also a lot more high quality rest for the baby which is extremely important for a healthy development.
Light And Sounds
While for you things like switching light on and off and simple house sounds don’t really mean much and you can easily filter them out, you baby often can’t do that. Essentially the baby can hear and has to process everything that is happening around them. This is why you have to make sure that there are no major sound, light, temperature or any other changes around them. If you want your baby to slowly go to sleep you have to remove the elements that animate them before they sleepy time. This will naturally cause them to get sleepy and remind them that they need the rest. This further enhances baby’s daily structure that you need to keep in mind.
Animating your baby with all sorts of actions like playing and feeding is a great thing if you do it in proper time. Your baby will constantly look for new things that will entertain them and one of those things is you. If you make sure that your baby constantly plays and learns new things with you at specific times of the day, your infant will start developing a timetable in which they will be hungry and later sleepy. Even things like swaddle bags can be used to just walk around a bit with your baby to entertain them. This will allow you to structure their day and allow yourself some rest as well. This way you can prevent the problem of having to wake up every hour during the night to feed or hold your baby to sleep.
The most important thing about taking care of your baby is to remember that you know what is best for them. There are plenty of different sleep trainers around that you can buy which are mostly focused on letting you baby cry it out. Most of the time, you should judge for yourself what is best thing for your kid as there really isn’t anybody who knows them better than you.