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Parents, it is time to get your nights/bed/spouse back. I can totally relate how difficult it is to put your baby to sleep and for him/her to stay asleep – be it a newborn who needs help or a toddler who just does not settle down – or even worse, a combination of both in the house. Check out these useful tips to help your baby (and you) sleep better! .
Read on to find out more!
Prepping for Bedtime
Firstly, establishing regular sleep patterns and preparing for sleep can help your baby sleep better. According to the National Sleep Foundation, newborns 0 to 3 months old need 14 to 17 hours of sleep each day, while infants 4 to 11 months need 12 to 15 hours. To encourage regular sleep patterns, it’s important to create strong environmental clues that signify bedtime. This means keeping the bedroom dark and quiet, and at a comfortable temperature. You should also avoid stimulating activities in the hour before sleep, such as watching television or playing active games. Instead, opt for calming activities like reading or taking a bath. Finally, it’s important to create a happy and secure atmosphere at bedtime. This means spending time cuddling and talking with your baby in a soothing voice.
Going to Bed
Now that your little one knows that it is bedtime, the next challenge is to get him or her to stay on the bed, close their eyes, and sleep soundly. One way to help your baby sleep better is by making sure their sleeping environment is boring. That means removing any mobile cribs or other toys from their room. You can also try getting a white noise machine or use natural noise recordings to help them fall asleep and stay asleep. Another tip to consider is to let your baby sleep in the same room with you whereby this provides your baby a sense of security in the first year. However, they should be in their own crib and not in your bed. Adult beds are dangerous for babies with the risk of rolling over, getting stuck to the bedstead, being choked, etc.
It can be tough to get your baby to sleep through the night, and you might feel like you’ve tried everything, yet it still doesn’t work, or it only works for a certain period of time. If you’re still struggling, it might be time to seek out professional help, such as to hire a baby sleep consultant (like me!). He/she will work with you to create a customised sleep plan that meets your baby’s and your family’s needs; as well as offer guidance on sleep training methods and help troubleshoot any problems that arise. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, baby sleep consultations can be a valuable asset in helping your baby (and you!) get the rest you need.
Sleepy Bubba is here to help
All in all, we separate the baby sleeping process into two stages: 1. Prepping for bedtime which is the stage where the baby gets time-to-sleep clues and starts to get into sleep mode; 2. Going to bed. At this stage, we just gotta get your baby to “stick” to the bed and keep his or her eyes closed, and have a good night’s sleep. Lastly, if none of the above works, you may want to get some professional help. After all, good sleep equals good mood and almost ‘good anything’, most importantly, good health for the whole family.
Speaking of which, please allow me a few minutes to talk about how I can help you! As a mother of two, I totally understand how all you sleep-deprived parents feel – miserable, exhausted, frustrated, “PTSD” to crying sounds, and helpless. When my husband and I had our firstborn, just like any other first-time parents, we were excited yet apprehensive about the parenting journey. Despite all the research, information, and help from experienced friends and family, still, we couldn’t escape from forming poor sleep habits for our baby and ourselves. After 2-weeks of hourly wake-ups through the night, we decided to hire a sleep consultant. Guess what? Our firstborn managed to get a solid 14-hour sleep in a day, became a much happier baby, and our family regained our sanity.
Parents, no matter what situation you are in, as long as it is related to fixing your baby’s or toddler’s sleep, I am just a call away! Just book a FREE 15 minute discovery call with me. I’m here to support you with my expertise and experience.