Having a new baby is an exhausting experience. Especially when that baby does not want to sleep and you are trying to continue to function on a day-to-day basis without any sleep. There some tips and tricks that may help you to convince your bundle of joy into actually falling asleep for more than just a few minutes at a time.
Tips to Get Your Baby to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep
Teaching babies to sleep as early as possible is a must so that they will develop healthy habits. You need to be consistent when you start using these tips. It may take some time before you see any success, but all of these practices have a proven tax record.
Swaddling a baby is one of the best ways to help them to self-soothe and go to sleep. Before your baby is born into the world it becomes used to being in a tight snug location. So once it is thrown into this big new world it can easily feel like it is too much. Wrapping them up tightly in a blanket helps to mimic the tight and snig feeling of being in their mom’s uterus.
1. Sleep Train
The baby needs to have a schedule and a nighttime routine. Starting this early will ensure that when the baby starts to become a toddler they will not try to argue about going to bed. You can do your routine in any order but this is the routine that many parents use…
● Bath Time
● Get Their Belly Full
● Snuggles & a Book or a Song
● Sleepy Time
If the baby is not asleep 15 minutes after you lay them down. Go and get them out of their crip and either read them another book or rock them and sing them a song. Continue this routine until the baby falls asleep within 15 min.
2. Warm Bath
Make the baby a warm bath and invest in some lavender baby wash and shampoo. This will allow you to use aromatherapy on the baby nightly. This will help to lower the baby’s anxiety and help them to calmly prepare for bed. Make sure that you make the bathing experience relaxing. Once you get your baby out of the tub & dried off apply lotion and give your baby a gentle and relaxing massage.
3. Essential Oil Diffuse
Investing in an oil diffuser to place in the baby’s room will allow you to use aromatherapy anytime that the baby needs it. You can use lavender at night to help to calm the baby and encourage them to fall asleep naturally. If the baby seems congested you can also add eucalyptus to the diffuser to help the baby to breathe easier why they sleep.
4. Keep Room Cool
Another great way to guarantee that the baby falls asleep quicker and sleeps deeper is to make sure that you keep their bedroom cool. Ideally between 67 and 69 degrees is best. Just like you, the baby will sleep better when their room is cooler.
Now You and Your Baby Can Both Sleep
Once you start to use these techniques daily you will never again have to tell people that “Your baby won’t sleep.” Soon you will be able to sleep at night and you will finally feel like your sanity is returning. Remember to be consistent when using all of these techniques. That is the key if you want to successfully teach your baby to sleep at night. Be patient they will figure it out soon and all of these sleepless nights will be worth it.