Remember what it’s like to get a full night of uninterrupted sleep? If you have a newborn chances are a full night’s rest is a thing of the past. Many infants have difficulties sleeping and force parents to stay awake with them. The most important thing to remember as a new parent is you are not alone. But if you’re struggling to get your baby to sleep at night, here are some tips to help you set a routine:
Tip #1: Set an Early Bedtime
Consistency is important when establishing sleeping patterns. Set an early bedtime – think 6:30-7:30 pm. If you have older children, making sure you are home by bedtime can be a challenge. But getting baby to sleep early and at the same time every night provides them with a routine and ensures they get the number of hours they need.
Tip #2: Avoid Eye Contact
Babies are easily stimulated. Even a loving look from their parent can keep them from falling asleep. When putting your little one to sleep, avoid eye contact. It can be a difficult challenge but know that you are helping them in the long run.
Tip #3: Use a Baby Monitor
Baby monitors are a great way to keep an eye on your sleeping child even when you are in separate rooms. Having that said, try to limit your response to the baby monitor. Not every noise is cause for concern and reacting to every sound can keep your child awake.
Tip #4: Keep it Cool
Babies sleep best when their nursery is kept on the cooler side. Keep the nursery somewhere between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t forget that loose blankets and other items are potential choking hazards and should not be kept in your baby’s crib.
Tip #5: Routine! Routine! Routine!
Infants thrive on routine. Do your best to tuck in baby at the same time every night and wake them up at the same time every morning. If there’s something that helps them sleep (a song or storybook) then use that every night. Children respond well to routines so it’s good to practice this from a young age.
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