7 Ways To Ensure Your Baby’s Sound Sleep

Jun 28, 2011 No Comments by

Whether a good sleeper or a not so good one, your baby can be helped to sleep to potential with some or all of the following sleep enhancers, many of which help re-create some of the comforts of home in the womb:

  1. Cozy sleeping space. A cot is a great modern invention—but in the early weeks many newborns somehow sense its vastness and balk when sentenced to solitude, smack in the centre of its mattress, so clearly removed from its distant walls. If your baby seems comfortable in the cot, cradle, a moses basket or a carrycot can be used for the first few months to provide a snugger fit that’s closer to the nine-month-long embrace in the uterus. For added security, swaddle your infant, or use a baby sleeping bag.
  2. Controlled temperature. Being too warm or too cold can disturb a baby’s sleep.
  3. Soothing movement. In the uterus, babies are more active when their mothers are at rest; when their mothers are up and on the go, they slow down, lulled by the motion. Out of the womb, movement still has a soothing effect. Rocking, swaying and patting will all contribute to contentment—and sleep.
  4. Soothing sound. For many months, your heartbeat, the gurgling of your tummy, and your voice entertained and comforted your baby. Now sleeping may be difficult without some background noise. Try the hum of a fan, the soft strains of music from a stereo, the tinkling of a music box or musical mobile, or one of those baby soothers that imitate uterine or heartbeat sounds.
  5. A peaceful place. Babies sleep better when they are in a room of their own, not because they’re disturbed by your presence but because you’re more likely to pick them up at the least little whimper—breaking up their sleep unnecessarily. So unless you’re planning on co-sleeping and/or can stop yourself from picking up your baby at any toss or turn, keep baby in his or her own room, if possible. You should, however, be close enough to hear your baby’s cries before they turn into frantic ear-piercing wails—or use an intercom or baby’s monitor between baby’s room and yours.
  6. Routine. Since your newborn will fall asleep most of the time while nursing or bottle feeding; a bedtime routine might seem unnecessary. But it’s never too early too begin such a routine, and certainly by the age of six months it should top of every evening. The ritual of a warm bath, followed by being dressed in nightclothes, a little quiet playtime on your bed, a singsong story or nursery rhyme from a picture book, can be soothing and soporific for even the youngest babies. The breast or bottle can be last on the agenda for babies who still fall asleep that way, but can come earlier for those who have already learned to doze off on their own.
  7. Adequate daytime rest. Some parents try to solve night-time sleeping problems of their babies by keeping them awake during the day, even at times when their babies wants to sleep. This is a big mistake (though it’s all right to limit the length of daytime naps a little in order to maintain the contrast between day and night), because an overtired baby sleeps more fitfully than a well-rested one.

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