The secrets to helping your baby sleep for longer stretches are many and quite easy to execute. Knowing these secrets can help the parents sleep better as well.
In addition to issues such as babies that cry at night, babies that have constipation and babies that are suffering through a cold, sleep problems are also a major concern for parents. How can babies sleep better and deeper? It is important for parents to find out these secrets. If this issue of baby’s sleep is giving you a headache then continue reading this article. We will give you the answers, let’s find out!
Why do children lose sleep?
Insomnia greatly influences the health and development of a baby. At the same time, parents have no time to rest and are constantly tired. First find out the causes of your baby’s insomnia and then you can find the solution.
It is common for young children and babies to feel fear at night time. When placing the baby in a strange place it is normal for the baby to feel fear and insecurity. It is this insecurity that makes it difficult for the baby to fall asleep. To limit this feeling, parents can put the baby to sleep in its cradle or its stroller. Note that the baby should sleep in its usual bed, in a comfortable position and with cosy familiar bedding. This helps your baby feel safe and fall asleep easier.
We often think that trying to keep a room very quiet will help your baby fall asleep. However, this is a misconception. When growing up in an environment that is too quiet, the baby will be much more sensitive. So, just a very small noise will make children wake up. Therefore, parents should not let children sleep in a completely quiet environment.
Sleeping in mothers arms for too long
Are you wondering why your child sleeps so well in your arms but the moment you put him to bed he wakes up right away? This is a very common phenomenon that we often see. The reason is that the baby will get used to sleeping in the mother’s arms. So, placing the baby down in the bed after a long sleep in mothers arms will cause him to immediately sense the change.
Forcing baby to sleep
Meaning the baby is still not sleepy but the father is trying to lull him to sleep. And of course, he will not be able to fall asleep. Even adults only sleep when they are sleepy. Trying to force yourself to sleep only makes it harder and harder to sleep. Therefore, if your baby is not sleepy yet, let him play a little bit more.
Children suffer shocks during the day
Children’s nervous system is very weak and can easily suffer mild shocks during the course of the day. If your child is frightened by something or scared during the day, it will be harder for them to sleep at night. This is a common reason for night time sleep disturbance that mothers should pay close attention to!
How to help your baby sleep better
Here are 12 tips to help your baby sleep better. Let’s read them!
Baby white noise machine
If your baby is sleeping in your room and you want them to be able to sleep in their own room, use the baby white noise machine. Babies may sleep faster when they hear white noise. The most obvious benefit of this noise to babies is that they can help them fall asleep quickly. If you notice your baby showing signs of drowsiness with background noises outside his daily rest, he may be more responsive to white noise. If your baby is used to the noise and when everything is quiet at bedtime, your baby may react back and don’t want to sleep. Begin it when it’s time for bed and leave it running when you leave the room. This is a sign to let your child know it’s time for bed.
Invest in good quality curtains for your child’s room
This may not be needed for babies quite yet, but it is very beneficial for your child later on as they grow. When children begin to consciously notice their surroundings, seeing the familiar curtains will help them feel safe and sleep better.
Caress your baby
Caress, stroke or gently touch your baby’s face when he/she is startled. This helps the baby calm down and sleep better.
Use screens to serve as quiet doors so that when closing the room door it will not make so much noise. This helps children not be startled by the sound of a door loudly closing.
Move the baby to the crib without waking them
Parents should try to carry their baby gently and quietly to their bed or crib without waking them up.
Observe your baby closely
Observe your baby closely and notice if baby’s limbs are relaxed. If the baby looks comfortable then take a deep breath. Conduct the arm test by raising one arm and then dropping it down. If your baby continues to sleep deeply after this test then you can move him to the crib. When moving the baby keep one hand on baby’s back and the other hand on his stomach. This helps reduce movement and will not disrupt the baby so much. If your child is startled, try walking a little bit and patting his back. Try to be gentle until putting your baby in the crib. Let the baby lay flat and then quietly leave.
Watch for signs of a sleepy baby
Watch for signs of sleepiness. When you realize your child is sleepy then begin to lull your baby to sleep right away.
Change diapers before feeding your baby at night to minimize waking him up. Unless your baby has a poopy diaper or the diaper is extremely wet, don’t change diapers so he / she can sleep well.
Avoid turning on the light
Avoid turning on the light when you wake up in the middle of the night. Be equipped with dim LED lights to avoid turning on the lamp, it may be too bright and possibly wake the baby up.
Put a bottle of warm water in the crib
You can place a warm water bottle in the crib to warm your baby’s bedding. This makes the baby feel warm as if in the mother’s arms. Note, water bottle should be removed before letting your baby lay down!
Set the pace for your baby
When children are young, the circadian rhythm is not stable. Therefore, babies usually wake up in the middle of the night in the first few months. You can overcome this by setting a child’s biological rhythm with a night time sleep routine. Thus, you will be less tired.
Avoid having to move your baby
If your baby is accustomed to sleeping in your arms then he will wake up immediately when you put him down in a bed or a crib. At this time, you can fix this by placing your baby down on the floor near the area where you lulled him to sleep. Reducing the distance, the motion and movement can help your baby sleep longer. Note, this only applies to families without dogs. Be careful and keep your baby safe. In addition, you can lull your baby to sleep in a way that baby is not in your arms to overcome the situation of “mother’s arms familiarity”.
Take time to rest when your baby sleeps
If your baby is sleeping, you can take advantage of this time to rest and sleep with him for example. Enjoy this when you can!
Above are all the tips to help your baby sleep better. I wish you success and always have fun!