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One thing that all new moms would agree on is the importance (and difficulty, at times) of getting baby to sleep. However, new moms do not need to spend countless hours trying to get baby to drift to sleep. There are several time-tested methods of promoting sleep and I’ll be sharing my top 7 tips today.
7 Tips for Getting Baby to Sleep
Babies spend many months in the mother’s womb so they feel safe and secure when in a tight embrace. Recreate that soothing environment by swaddling baby to keep her calm & content. We swaddled both of our kids for a number of months – it worked well!
2. Play white noise!
Babies can get distracted by random noises throughout the house. Drown out the sound of the TV and the noise of the ringing telephone with a white noise machine. This strategy even works with adults – white noise is soothing for babies and adults alike.
3. Stick to a routine!
Just like adults, getting baby to sleep depends on a predictable schedule. Rather than setting specific times for feeding, changing, sleeping, create a routine that dictates what happens next. In this way, you can create a sense of predictability for baby, while still remaining flexible to her needs.
4. Look for signs!
It’s best to put baby down when she’s drowsy, rather than fully asleep. In this way, she will master the process of falling asleep on her own. Some signs of drowsiness include rubbing the eyes or yawning. I was always attuned to my kids’ signs of sleepiness, so I could act quickly.
5. Keep lights off!
Bright lights signal to the brain that it’s time to wake up. Shut all the lights off to promote sleep. By keeping lights off, you are telling baby that it’s time to close her eyes and rest.
6. Accept sleep regressions!
Sleep regressions are a natural part of infant development. Just when you think you have mastered a sleep routine, there may be setbacks that involve unusual wake-ups and unexpected difficulties falling asleep. Go with the flow and the regression shall soon pass.
7. Have the right mindset!
Getting baby to sleep can sometimes be challenging and downright stressful. At all times, maintain a calm and positive attitude. Never forget that this is a process and it can take time. Enjoy the moments with baby and relish the bonding time!
I hope these tips have inspired you to tackle your own sleep issues with baby. Now, I’d love to hear from you: What is your best tip for getting baby to sleep?