How to put a baby to sleep?
For every newborn baby, it is extremely important to get a lot of rest and sleep. At first every baby can’t tell the difference between day and night, which can be pretty disturbing for new parents, but after a while, every baby gets into their sleep cycle. But despite all of that, even then, putting your baby to sleep can be very challenging. But what is the best way to teach the new member of the family healthy sleep habits? How should you put your baby to sleep?
To get your baby to sleep at the right time, utilize lighting and time of the day. When it is sunny outside, let your child play and be active as much as possible. When the nap time comes, if it does not cause any trouble, a baby should sleep in a well lit room. A child should not sleep a lot during daytime, so he has to get used to the fact that days are bright and nights are dark. Darkness releases an important sleep hormone called melatonin, so the best way to ensure that your baby sleeps well is to help him learn to distinguish day and night. If you have troubles putting your baby to sleep when it is needed the most, make sure the lights can be dimmed in the most important rooms. Night light is a great asset in a child’s room, but it has to be very dim. A very big mistake is to carry your baby into a lit room just after he woke up crying. This will disturb his sleep cycle, so make sure you stay in a dark area.
A big mistake a lot of parents tend to do which u can fix is not rushing to your baby immediately after he wakes up. If you comfort your newborn the second he wakes up, you are encouraging this kind of behavior. A lot of times, babies go back to sleep on their own. If that is not the case, then it is your time to intervene.
Often forgotten part of good sleep not just for babies, but for adults as well is proper bedding. Newborn babies are very sensitive, so it is crucial to use proper organic bedding, which reacts well to a child’s fragile body. Linen bedding is probably your best choice. It is important that a baby sleeps on breathable fabric, which is perfect for conducting heat. Thanks to its natural Ph balance, Linen bedding protects and preserves skin. There are many advantages of linen bedding, but the most important one is its anti-allergic properties. The fact at it is so good at absorbing and evaporating large quantities of moisture, makes it resistant to a lot of bacteria, which is perfect for people with serious diseases and babies, who both have weak immune system. Healthy linen bedding is the best way to avoid a lot of potential diseases and disturb your baby’s sleep.
If you want your baby to fall asleep faster, try to avoid looking him in the eye. Since it’s very easy to stimulate a baby, a great way to make him go to sleep is to avoid catching his attention. You can use all your soothing methods, but it is greatly advised to avoid stimulation through eye contact if you want your baby to fall asleep.
If you want to make sure your baby sleeps well throughout the night, avoid changing the diapers. A lot of movement during the process will snap your baby out of the sleep mode. Do it only if it is absolutely necessary. A good decision is to use high quality diaper during the night. This way it is less likely that you’ll have to change the diaper.
A good way to make sure that your baby sleeps for a longer period of time is to wake him up and feed him late at night. Keep the lighting as dim as possible and make only the smallest, slightest movements and wake him just enough for feeding and then back to bed as quick as possible. This can help a child sleep for a longer time without waking up.
These habits are crucial for a proper sleep habit development, and you can practice these methods about 4 weeks after birth. Although you will start seeing the effects only after 3-4 months and till then, it can be quite tough, after that you should see that your baby can sleep for longer periods of time, and these methods can greatly expand them and improve their quality. Sometimes babies snap out of their sleep schedule and that is fine. If that happens, try all these methods all over again, and your baby should sleep well again in no time. It is all about patience and consistency.