Babies are one of the best gifts the universe has to offer! They are little bundles of joy that fill our lives with hope, love, and laughter. And, yet, often if not always they have sleeplessness!
Putting your baby to sleep and keeping him from constantly waking up is an art that is hard to muster. And, once you have perfected this piece of art, you life becomes a bed full of roses.
You no longer have to go through hundreds of articles on internet to help a baby enjoy a sound slumber. We have master-crafted a few tried and proven methods to help babies sleep while you catch that much-needed snooze! Read on to learn more.
Make Night Time for Sleep
Our bodies have circadian rhythms or internal clocks that help us sleep and wake at a certain time. We are not born with these but learn them early. Introducing infants to the 24-hour paradigm is known to help develop these rhythms.
So when its daytime, expose your baby to natural light. Let them witness the hustle and bustle of daytime activities. During the night, protect your baby from artificial lighting. This is because light gives a signal to the brain to delay the onset of sleep.
When you do need to turn on the light at night, make sure it is very dim. Bulbs and filters that block the blue wavelength are recommended.
A Bedtime Routine
Consistency is the key to making your baby develop a good sleeping pattern. By four months, parents can introduce an evening ritual that gives cues to the baby that it is time to sleep.
The bedtime routine need not be complicated. You can give your baby a warm bath, change into night clothes, read a story, or sing a lullaby, feed, and then put the baby to bed. You can also cuddling and rocking your little one to sleep.
You must be consistent in repeating the same activities every day, in the same sequence, at the same time. The baby will then slowly get conditioned to believe that sleep is soon to follow.
The hour leading to bedtime must be one of bonding, love, and reassurance. The baby must feel safe, secure, and relaxed to fall asleep peacefully.
Less Responses at Night
Infants sleep in short cycles and stir frequently during the night. They are most likely to fall asleep again on their own. We, however, often make the mistake of responding too soon.
If your baby wakes up during the night. Give him a few moments to drift back to sleep. If the baby refuses to settle, you can try to soothe the baby by stroking with your hand or else feed the baby if he is hungry.
Whatever you do, it is best to avoid making eye contact. Experiments have shown that babies are especially attuned to and aroused by their mother’s voice. Brain imaging research has proved that eye contact stimulates in the baby’s brain the areas which process social interaction.
It is normal for babies to wake up throughout the night. However, constant waking and crying inconsolably might signal that the baby is feeling unwell. Babies very often suffer from infantile colic. He might be going through teething pain. Talk to your pediatrician in regards to these issues.
At times, the diaper may be soiled or the clothes might not feel comfortable. The temperature might be too warm or too cold for the baby. Adjust accordingly to help your baby sleep better.
The Bottom Line
Every baby is different. Some develop a good sleeping pattern faster than others. Some might prefer to be rocked to sleep while others cuddled. We must try different ways with patience and time to find out what works best for our baby!