Baby Sleep Problems
Everyone knows that quality newborn sleep is essential for their health and development, but sometimes that sleep just doesn’t come quite so easy. We want to help to make that different for you.
One of the most important things to remember when trying to get your baby to sleep regularly through the night is to have a regular sleep routine. We can’t emphasize this enough. It seems like something so unimportant but it is a good idea and part of what teaches your child about nighttime and sleep time and how the two are associated.
So, if you don’t have a regular bedtime routine, start planning one. It’s super simple and can also act as a winding down routine for you at the same time. Once your child establishes a sleep routine, your baby will be happier, more comfortable, and have the ability to sleep through the night without waking you up every couple of hours.
Here are some things you can do to help to create a bedtime routine for your baby:
If you think about it, we all probably have some sort of wind down routine before we go to bed. Maybe you take a shower or put on a robe, maybe read for a few minutes before laying down… You get it?
Creating a night time routine
For your baby, maybe you begin with a calming bath and then dim the lights a bit. This helps your child to associate the wind down with night time, which is also sleep time. Maybe you put your baby into their night time diaper and clothes and then sing a quiet song. All of this will help your baby fall asleep and hopefully for the whole night.
You don’t have to do it just like this and by all means, come up with what works for you. The important part is simply that you create and stick to a routine. After not long, it will become a routine and your child will start to associate the wind down routine with getting ready to sleep.
Babies are creatures of habit and enjoy the comfortable predictability of a sleeping and waking ritual so a regular routine can really help your baby to settle more quickly and help her with her sleep training and start to sleep through the night.
You should start with a bedtime routine as early in your child’s life as possible, but if you haven’t done so, don’t worry, just get it started as soon as you can.
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