There are plenty of moms out there who are blessed with babies that like to get a good solid 7 hours shut eye a night right from the moment that they are born. But not every bundle of joy is quite that well behaved.
So if your little one is struggling to sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time and you're feeling a bit sleep deprived, read on to see what you can do.
The environment that you baby is in is essential to the amount of sleep that they will be able to get. If you have the crib in your room when Baby is first born, make sure that you can get in to check it without disturbing little one when they are asleep. That means keeping the floor clear of obstacles and fixing any creaky floorboards.
If Baby has their own nursery, then remember to keep the colors light but not too bright. Pastels work much better, as bright pinks, blues or yellow can be way too stimulating to a child.
It's also essential that you create a space conducive to sleep by making sure that it is quiet and dark.
Of course, baby's evening sleep pattern is also dependent on a good nap during the daylight. An overtired baby who hasn't slept well during the day will be overtired and difficult to settle at night. That's where custom made blinds like the ones available at http://www.blackoutblinds.ca/ come in. If they are custom made to your window size, then you can be sure that no light will creep it sway into babies bedroom. That will allow them to keep sleeping as long as possible.
Some moms have success by getting Baby into a relaxing routine before bed. It works the same as it does in adults. By doing the same thing over and over before you go to sleep, the action itself triggers the body to start winding down and feeling tired.
A good way to put this into practice is to bath baby using a lavender wash. Lavender is a natural way to relax and induce sleep. Then some moms like to read to their little ones. Or put on some relaxing music such a Mozart, which has also been found to produce a calming effect.
While the use of particular strategies to get the kids to sleep remain controversial, some mothers swear by them to get baby off at night.
Probably the most famous one is controlled comforting. That means that you make sure that they are fed, hydrated and have a clean nappy and settle them but you don't go in and immediately respond to their cries. You gradually cut back on how much attention you give to your baby when she cries and calls out. This can be tough for mothers, as hearing their baby cry without being able to respond is like torture.
Of course, any sleeping strategy needs to be practiced with common sense. If Baby is crying a lot, they could be ill and should be checked on and taken to the doctor if necessary.
And.. if you become anxious, distressed or feel that your baby continues to have problems establishing a good sleep routine, then please, consult a child health consultant.
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