You probably prepared for sleepless nights well before your baby was born. Even so, the reality of the situation may be far worse than you imagined. It can be tough to tend to your little one all through the night and to then be functional during the day.
Now, for the most part, infants have to sort out their own sleeping patterns. There is very little you can do before they are 3 months old to change their snoozing behavior. Nevertheless, there are several tips that you can follow to ensure that your nighttime interruptions are kept to a minimum:
Create a Womb-Like Sleeping Environment
Does it feel like your baby isn’t drifting off into a deep sleep? Do you find that he or she is fussing even when they are asleep? If so, this could be due to the fact that they are still getting used to life outside of the womb. Thus, you should look for ways to recreate a more suitable sleeping environment for them.
First, make sure the room is as dark as it can possibly be. You can also set up a white noise machine as this can mimic the sounds inside the womb. Some babies find being swaddled rather calming as well and can reduce any jerk-like movements that can wake them up.
Let Them Sleep Close to You
Babies should never, ever share a bed with their parents. Room sharing, however, can be beneficial to both the baby and parents. This is because when you share a room with your little one, you can tend to their needs more quickly. In turn, they and you can get back to sleep much faster too.
If you want to keep movement to a minimum during the nighttime, consider setting up a bassinet in your room. The best baby bassinets are small, portable, and meet all the necessary safety standards. As a result, you can keep it near your bed so that you won’t have to get up all that much, particularly when the baby needs to be fed.
Identify Signs of Tiredness
One of the reasons that your little one may be finding it difficult to sleep is because they are overtired. When this happens, your baby can end up cranky and fighting sleep. To avoid this scenario, make sure that you know the signs that your little one is sleepy.
Remember that most newborns can get sleepy after just an hour or so of being awake. Some signs that it is time for a nap include pulling at ears, closing fists, yawning, fluttering eye movements, sucking fingers, and more. Once you see these, it is time to get your baby settled down. Then, they will have a far easier time going to sleep.
Don’t feel like you should rock or hold your baby until he or she is asleep. If you do this, then there is a chance that they may wake up when you place them in their bed. Instead, let your baby go into their crib or bassinet when they are drowsy but awake.
These are the top tips that you can follow to get your baby to sleep better or for longer. Of course, you should remember that babies can always revert back to bad sleeping patterns so sometimes; you will just need to wait them out.