How sweet can the night be when your baby is fully awake? Shining his/her eyes like 1000 watts bulb when you are dosing off on the chair. Rocking a child to sleep could become a big project especially when the child is full of energy and crying, refusing to sleep inside the crib and not allowing grandma or the dad to cuddle…at the middle of the night. Sometimes, you’ll wish to tell your baby; “this is planet earth, please adapt as soon as possible, here in this planet, we sleep at night and play/work during the day and not vice-versa.”
Getting ones child to sleep through the night is a milestone every parent lusts for. But when it comes to sleep each baby is different, and as a result what works for one, won't necessarily work for the other. Here are some few tips (A – Z) to making you and your baby have a sweet night rest with little or no disturbance;
Avoiding Eye Contact
It is time to sleep and your baby should understand this by a closed eyes. Don’t stare…the more you look the more he /she thinks you want to play.
Warm water, combined with soft, loving strokes with a washcloth, can relax just about anyone. Make bath time a soothing experience for your little one.
Though you may have your reservations about sharing the bed with your baby, you may try to reconsider if that will be the only way your baby sleeps longer.
If your baby is the type that wakes at night hungry, a dreamfeed might help. This is referring to you deliberately feeding your baby instead of waiting for him or her to wake up hungry. Feed your baby before you go to bed, while she is asleep. Some believe the extra feeding fills her belly just enough to earn a bit more uninterrupted sleep.
Empty the crib
Keep the sleep surface free of everything but the cutest thing in the room, your baby. A fitted sheet is all he needs on his mattress.
Make the atmosphere smell fresh. Nothing choking…
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a commonly undiagnosed medical reason why some babies have problems sleeping. Caused by a malfunction in the muscle where the esophagus meets the stomach, GERD results in acids being drawn up into your baby's esophagus, causing pain. Symptoms to look for include spitting up, colic-like fussing, wheezing, choking or gagging, and feeding problems. If you have any concerns about GERD, check with your pediatrician.
When you transfer your baby into the crib at bedtime, try putting your hand gently on his or her stomach, arms and head to comfort and soothe her. Something as simple as having you close can do wonders for your little one's security at night.
An overtired baby is often impossible to get to sleep. Setting an established bedtime is important, and many experts believe that between 6:30 and 7 p.m. is an appropriate bedtime for most babies under 1 year old.
Note: Early to bed does not necessarily mean early to rise, and a good night's sleep often results in later wake-up times.
Sleepy sweeties in their pajamas really couldn't be more adorable.
You know how you always sleep better when the temperature is just right? Well, your little one is no different.
To help your little night owl understand when it's bedtime, keep her room dark. Forgo nightlights and use dark curtains or blackout shades to simulate nighttime during the day.
So break out the baby-safe oil and rub him down using soft strokes and moderate pressure.
Don't omit naps in hopes that your baby will sleep longer at night, as the opposite is usually true.
Wet diapers at night can be bothersome. Super-absorbent overnight diapers, along with an application of diaper cream for skin protection will help to prolong the night.
A binky at bedtime can help your little ones soothe to sleep. Make sure the pacifier you use is soft so it doesn't hurt if he rolls onto it.
Experiment for like a week, it won’t take you long to discover whatever works for you and the baby as long as it's safe.
It's no secret that consistent nighttime routines can help your baby understand it's time to sleep. Choose a soothing ritual and stick with it. Consistency is the key to a sweet night rest.
Your newborn was used to being tightly packed in your womb, so being wrapped in a swaddling blanket duplicates the experience, helping him to sleep better.
Telling a Story
Reading a story before bed in a soothing voice is relaxing. It's also a great habit to carry on throughout childhood.
Instead of waiting for a full-on meltdown, look for cues that he's tired. He might rub his eyes, become whiny or yawn. Pay attention to your baby's unique cues, and it will be easier to determine when he's ready for bed.
Reduce the voice to increase the snore. When your baby is born, your voice is already familiar and thus has a positive effect on her. Shhhh-ing or speaking in a soothing tone can help baby drift into dreamland knowing mama is safely nearby.
Don't give your baby the silent treatment! Some babies sleep easier if you turn on a white noise machine or a fan.
As if you needed another reason to shower him with hugs and kisses: "When you snuggle with your little angel before bedtime, you make him feel more secure and loved, allowing him to sleep deeper and longer," says Silva.
You Are My Sunshine
Cuddle your baby; let he/she feels your presence in his/her dreamland.
What's that sound? Nothing…baby is sleeping. Now stop talking and enjoy the silence.
Hopefully, one of these will help to achieving a sweet night rest.
Adapted from: www.parenting.com