Does your little one wake up in the middle of the night demanding to be rocked back to sleep? This could mean the baby’s sleep cycle is not working as it should, and you might need to make some changes in the evening before sleep.
Having a healthy sleep routine is essential for growing babies to achieve proper healthy development. Did you know that after you’ve rocked or sung your baby to sleep, they’ll require the same routine every time their sleep gets interrupted?
No, we are not asking you to stop these practicing activities but only suggesting ways that can help you set the correct routine for your baby’s sleep schedule. Up next we’re going to give you some tips to make sleep time a happy time.
Set a Routine
Just like you prepare your room to get a good night’s sleep, it is important to do the same for your baby. Setting a routine like dimming the lights and creating a soothing environment void of sounds or distractions can help.
You can even read to your child before heading to bed to make it a part of the nightly sleeping routine. Making your child’s bedtime easier will help them sleep longer and more peacefully.
Having a night-time ritual makes your baby understand that it’s time to sleep and naturally prepares his mind, inducing sleep. Your baby must feel that sleep is a secure, pleasant, and restful state.
Avoid Feeding Your Baby to Sleep
If your baby is in the habit of falling asleep while breastfeeding or drinking bottled milk, you should consider changing this pattern. This routine would only do more harm than good in the future for the baby.
Babies need to learn to self-soothe themselves to sleep without being dependent on a bottle or full human contact. In the beginning, it could be a bit difficult for them to adjust to the new schedule, and might also cry out loud.
As a result, you might need to stand right beside their crib and reassure them of your presence but as time would pass, they’d learn to sleep by themselves.
Help Them Find Their Pacifier
This is one of the best ways to help babies to get back to sleep when they wake up in the middle of the night. Usually, babies wake up in the night when their pacifiers fall out of their mouths.
You usually likely rush in and get the pacifier for them but the next time this happens, help them find the pacifiers themselves. You can start by placing pacifiers in a particular corner of the bed.
When they wake up looking for their pacifier, help them reach for it by bringing their hand to that corner. The child will figure this out in a few days so every time they lose a pacifier, they’ll find it themselves and get back to sleep.
Let Your Baby Calm Themselves
A prime piece of advice we would give you if you want your baby to self-soothe is to not rush to them immediately as soon as they start crying. Let them figure out a way themselves to sort their issue out.
If you rush to them immediately when they start crying, you are creating a habit in them which would be difficult to break.
As long as you know they are not crying from hunger, pause and check out if they can work it out themselves. If they are unable to do it, go to them and do the next best thing like patting or shushing them back.
Avoid picking them up and lulling them to sleep in your arms. If patting or shushing doesn’t work, gradually climb into their bed and pat them down.
To Sum Up
Getting your child to build a habit of self-soothing is not an easy process. It will take some time for them to get used to the practices and changes around them. But once you start practicing these habits regularly, you will notice positive changes.
It will help them get healthier sleep and better nights for you too! Just make sure to double-check with your child’s doctor before making major sleeping routine changes.