If you are already a parent or have younger siblings, you must be aware of how challenging it is to get a baby to sleep through the night. Parents, especially new parents, may stay for days without sleeping during the first few months. Since they have not fully adapted to the environment, new-born babies find it hard to sleep at night due to several factors like temperature changes.
Additionally, your baby is yet to know that we should stay awake during the day and sleep at night. However, you don’t have to despair as there are ways to help your baby sleep at night. Below are some tips to help your baby sleep all night.
Establish a bedtime routine
Having a bedtime routine helps your baby know when it is time to sleep. Create a simple bedtime routine that you can do every night because even a slight change in the routine can leave them confused and more likely to stay awake. You can introduce activities such as shushing and cuddling when it is time to sleep. If your baby girl must sleep in girls pyjamas, make sure that they have worn them some hours before bed time to avoid disturbing them when sleepy.
Minimise night Feeding
Your baby’s small tummy is one of the reasons why they wake up several times at night. Your baby may need to feed several times during the night because their tummies cannot stay full for long. However, you can start weaning the night feedings if you get the okay from the doctor. The baby will slowly get used to not feeding at night, meaning they will start sleeping all night long and only feeding before sleep time and in the morning after waking up.
Have your baby sleep in your room but not in the same bed
Your baby should sleep in the same room as you, but it is not advisable to share the same bed. This will significantly reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), plus the baby will be free from distractions. You should also make sure that the baby sleeps in comfortable clothes like the girls pyjamas.
Let them fall asleep on their own
An infant’s natural sleep-wake cycle will start developing when they are six weeks old. It is at this time that they start sleeping more at night than during the day. The baby can also start settling themselves and sleeping without your help, but some may still have challenges finding the best sleeping position. If your baby finds it hard to sleep, you can help them sleep by cuddling them and putting them on the bed when they are drowsy but awake.
Limit the length of daytime naps
The long day naps could be the reason why your baby is not sleeping well at night. While it may be hard to wake up a sleeping baby, it is advisable to go ahead and wake the baby up if they sleep for more than 2.5 hours during the day. If you feel that the baby needs longer naps, you can break up the sleep to feed the baby and then put them back to bed for another nap. Proper feeding during the day will help the baby sleep better at night.
Lower the noise
Too much noise in the bedroom can also interrupt your baby’s sleep and keep them awake for longer during the night. You can use white to block other noises in the room or from outside. If you wake up in the middle of the night, you should avoid changing the lighting as it can wake the baby up.