If you are a parent, then you already know that baby + sleep = non-existent. At least, that’s what I thought after having my daughter. You see, my son was a sleeper. When we slept, he slept, and since everyone in the house LOVES sleeping (it’s my favorite thing lol), he didn’t have any trouble falling asleep when we put him down. Although he didn’t have a set “nap” time or bedtime for that matter, we would always find him passed out in different parts of the apartment throughout the day. What can I say? The boy really loved sleeping. I was a first-time parent and didn’t know anything about sleep training and schedules. It turns out we got lucky with my son. He was such a good sleeper; I just assumed that my daughter would be too. Boy was I ever wrong! If your baby is anything like my daughter (a sleep hater), then this post is for you.
5 Ways to Help Your Baby Love Sleep
1. The right schedule for your baby
Remember earlier I mentioned that I didn’t have a routine for my son and he turned out just fine? Yaaaa…No. Not with my daughter. She’s one of those babies that craved consistency. The first six months were TOUGH! She would wake up every 2 hours at night and barely did 4 hours in the day. At seven months I started to get her to bed at the same time every night. I followed a sleep routine, and before I knew it, she was falling asleep alone. She also stayed asleep longer. What worked for me are the tips that I found on the Baby Sleep Site. Depending on the age of your baby, follow the sleep & feeding schedules as a guideline to get your little one on track for a full night of lovely sleep!
2. Comfortable sleeping environment
I’ve never been able to sleep if the room is completely silent. My daughter is the same. When she was a baby, I would turn the fan on at night to create white noise. That always helped her (and me) sleep better. If you don’t have a fan, you can always get a white noise machines or app for your baby. Unlike her brother, my daughter loves being under the covers. It can get pretty cold at night, especially during the winter. If it were up to me, I’d have the heater cranked up, but babies shouldn’t be too warm either. Make sure you keep the room temperature around 68-70 degree. Now, if your child doesn’t like staying covered during the night, you could always get a baby sack.
Help Your Baby Love Sleep
3. Full belly = Happy baby!
Growing up in a Haitian home, one of the things I would often hear is that “a baby with a full belly will sleep longer.” And I find that to be true with my children. Always make sure your child has had enough to eat before bed.
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4. Teach your child that their room/bed is a fun place to be in.
When I was growing up, I was often told that the bedroom was a place to sleep only. Now, being a sleep lover, that didn’t change the way I felt about bedtime. But for babies that have issues with sleeping, associating their bedroom/bed for sleeping only could make things a bit harder come bed time. Try spending some non-sleeping time in the bedroom with your baby. Play, read stories and let them feel safe in their room.
5. Stop the night wakings!
Now that my daughter is a bit older, I find that my biggest challenge is keeping her from waking up multiple times during the night. Most nights she does her solid 11-12 hours. But other times she’ll wake up and suddenly declare it “play time” and too bad so sad if you are too tired. I recently downloaded the free ebook “5 Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night” from the Baby Sleep Sites, and it’s jammed packed with great tips. I don’t have to wake up early for work, so I don’t mind picking her up and falling back asleep as oppose to letting her cry it out. But I know that may not be the case for many new parents. I highly suggest you download the free ebook to get some tips that may work for your family’s lifestyle.
Need more help getting your baby to “love” sleep? Check out The Baby Sleep Site for more tips.
This post is sponsored by The Baby Sleep Site. All opinions are my own.