Your little one is finally here, and you can’t wait to experience the journey together. While your doctor may have advised on cleaning and feeding your baby, they may have skipped on training your baby to sleep better. Therefore, it’s crucial to sleep-train your baby for peaceful nights. So, how do you get them to maintain a steady sleeping routine?
Put Your Baby to Bed Early
Delaying bedtime doesn’t necessarily lead to the baby sleeping longer and better. You should plan early and put your baby to bed before darkness strikes. On that note, ensure the baby is clean and well-fed and stick to a specific time when the baby should sleep. After a few days, it will get easier to put them to bed and have them rest enough throughout the night.
Do Away with the pacifier
Dummies may be helpful to soothe the baby, but it could also be the reason they will wake up at night. When a baby gets used to sucking, they associate it to falling asleep. If your baby is used to the pacifier, take it off and let them sleep without it. For the first few days, it may be difficult to manage, but they will eventually learn to sleep without it.
Let the Baby Cry-It-Out
Watching your baby crying can be difficult, but it comes with significant benefits to maintain a sleep schedule. If your baby has to cry before bedtime, you should leave them until they can fall asleep without your assistance. In most cases, the baby associates crying to the attention you give which can make it hard to introduce a sleep routine.
Ensure Adequate Daytime Naps
Newborn babies tend to sleep most of the time. Depriving the baby of day naps can affect how long your baby takes to adapt to a routine. Set nap times and stick to them. Naps not only help your baby to relax but also help them sleep longer and better through the night.
Skip Rocking the Baby to Sleep
During the first days, rocking the baby to sleep can be helpful. But, your baby could get used to it such that they can only sleep after rocking. Additionally, your baby may fuss out when they find themselves in a different location other than where they fell asleep. The aim is to maintain similar conditions until the baby can adapt.
Inadequate sleep for your baby can affect their health and yours too. The process of training your baby to sleep through the night needs commitment and consistency. Although the first days may come across as challenging, it is essential to implement these tips for better sleep and health of your baby.