As exciting as it is, to have an adorable addition to your family, hardly anyone gives the conversation of infant and parent sleep its due. These early years of a newborn’s life seem to simply fly by but may have the biggest impact on a parent’s life and the baby’s development in the long run. It is in the best interest of you and your baby to get uninterrupted sleep to be able to maintain an alert and functional schedule day after day.
Research has shown that newborns cannot differentiate between day and night, and rather than fall into your carefully sorted schedule, newborns tend to move all those near them around their snooze patterns. And that means napping all day and gurgling away during the wee hours of the night. But hope is not lost and these ideas can help you claim your sanity back to a certain extent!
Let’s help you answer the main question – how to make your baby sleep through the night –
1. Set up a cozy sleep environment
You may start setting up a calming environment for about 30 minutes before bedtime. Turning the lights dim, lowering the background noise, unwinding any activities can help to set up an optimal sleep environment for the baby. You may introduce other soothing activities like singing your favorite lullaby, narrating a story in a soft voice, play white noise in the background, a few minutes of shushing, warm baths before tucking your baby to sleep, even a simple massage could all be part of a ritual before falling asleep.
2. Adhere to the set timings
Babies do have an internal clock and they are very responsive to a certain routine. Therefore if you are very consistent with the set routine, your baby learns how to respond to certain cues and series of motions. Certain parents start a bedtime routine as early as 4-6 weeks and follow the routine regularly. Gradually, newborns pick up these cues and start falling into the pattern with help from the routines.
3. Monitor sleep position
Make sure your baby is sleeping in the right position to avoid any risk of SIDS. The best position for the baby to sleep is on the back, free of any loose clothing that may cover their faces. Avoid putting the baby to sleep on his/her stomach or on the side and keep their sleeping area free of loose pillows or layers. so that the baby can breathe with comfort. You can use a firm sleep surface, preferably a mat like the NapNap Mat which provides the right comfortable base for baby to sleep on.
4. Assure and comfort
After setting up the environment, give some time for your baby to settle by themselves. If the baby is not responding to the cues, comfort the baby so that he/she knows that it is time to sleep. You can pat, rock or shush the baby to sleep for instance. Make sure that you are aware of safe co-sleeping practice. If the baby is younger than 6 months it is advisable for the baby to sleep in a separate bed, preferably next to your bed.
5. Use Motion and White Noise
There are a handful of very effective gadgets in the market that are specially designed for pacifying your little one and lulling them to sleep. A little motion could help the baby to fall asleep within minutes. You can swaddle your baby for immediate comfort. You can also try the NapNap Mat that mimics the sounds and motions of the mother’s womb and thus helps the baby to sleep all night. What is better is it also regulates the baby’s breathing. With all this, a good night’s sleep is imminent for your little one.
Try out these tips for an effective and stress-free sleep routine. If you need any help on how to make your baby sleep, feel free to contact our certified baby sleep expert for a FREE consultation on +91-8928001603.