It is a beautiful thing to become a new parent. It also means that you will have many sleepless nights trying to calm down your little one. As lovely as it is to watch a baby slowly going to sleep, you don’t need to be there for the baby to feel safe and sleep comfortably.
Most parents have a hard time sleeping at night because babies find it unsettling when they wake up at night to find themselves alone. However, everyday routines can be followed to help train the baby and help them feel safe and loved as they fall asleep. In this article, we will discuss some of the things that a new parent should do.
Tips on What to Do to Make a Baby Comfortable to Sleep
You do not need a nanny to make all the decisions regarding how well the baby should be sleeping. It is sometimes scary for many since you may be clueless about how you can handle a baby. It should not worry you because here are some ways to train your baby to sleep alone:
1. Sleep associations
Every baby has a different kind of behaviour when it comes to how they choose to sleep. As a parent, you need to look out for the patterns that they take when they want to sleep. It may be feeding before sleeping, being rocked to sleep or even watching dangling toys.
2. Create sleep routines
Having a regular habit for your baby to know the specific times when they should sleep is important. It is essential since the baby won’t be able to notice the difference in the days that you won’t be around them. Taking a bath before sleep can also be a common routine though it might have different effects on babies. You should know the baby’s habits to create these patterns.
3. Train the little one to fall asleep in his bed
For this kind of training to happen, you first need to dress the baby well in his baby boy clothes to ensure comfort, then you rock them on your arms in his sleeping position. This should be done for about a week then for the coming week you lower them on their crib, still awake but almost asleep pick them up in rocking position then you stop repeating.
4. Crying it out
Crying is a normal response for the little ones before bedtime, this method is common for most of the parents also known as the feber method this is when the baby is put down after bedtime routine and the parent lets them cry until they fall asleep.
although for this method to work successfully you need to have baby monitors to ensure that they cry is not brought out because of lack of comfort or irritation brought by the clothing. It is best to have dressed them in baby boy clothes that can be removed just by pulling the nips.
5. Set responsible bedtime limits
Its always important to make your baby understand that you only get out of bed when the sun is up. It will help to now have a specific waking time and at the same time, giving you a reasonable time to fall asleep.
Often, avoid long sleeping hours during the day. It should be done in intervals and this is to help in avoiding the midnight wakes. Through the above steps, learning how to care for the kid will have a much easier transition through growing up.