Most parents say that sleep is an indulgence once a newborn arrives on the scene. One of the major issue that most new parents stress over even before the birth of their newborn is that sleep will become rare one the baby appears on the scene. A common question that new parents what to know is how to get my newborn to sleep through the night.
Every baby is unique and will have different preferences when it comes to sleeping. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to successfully getting your baby to sleep through the night every night. However, there are some things you can do to help your baby to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
We have created this guide to help you get into a routine that works for you and your baby. This guide contains tips and advice that will help you and your baby look forward to a tranquil rest every night.
A newborn baby requires nothing more than milk and sleep for the first few weeks of their lives. It’s not a realistic expectation for newborn baby to sleep right through the night as their diet is liquid and it digests quickly. At around 6 weeks your newborn should begin to develop a sleep rhythm and between 3 to 6 months your baby should start to understand the discrepancies between day and night. This means your baby will hopefully start to sleep for longer periods at night – which means you’ll likewise get more sleep.
Establish a bedtime routine
Sleep rhythms start to develop at around six weeks and between three to six months most babies should start to understand the difference between day and night. Establishing a bedtime routine won’t happen in the first few weeks while your baby is still being fed on demand. In fact most babies will be receptive to a routine around 6-8 weeks. Bedtime routines calm your child and prepare them for a good night’s sleep.
It’s important to make your baby bedtime routine that it’s calming and that you do the same thing every evening at around the same time. Do ensure that your baby’s bedtime routine is not too long or too impractical to stick to. When your baby starts to yawn, rubbing eyes and seem tired – all these things are indication that your baby is sleepy. Therefore it’s best to start your baby bedtime routine before your baby becomes too tired so they can enjoy warm bath, stories and milk. This may mean kicking things off as early as 6pm.
Starting a bedtime routine can help set up good sleeping habits for the future. There are also advantages to getting babies to bed at the same time each evening as they will learn that it’s time to sleep and will get into the habit of dropping off without too much fuss.
Avoid naps too close to bed time
Your baby tends to need to nap from 2 to 4 times a day. Make sure that your baby has a nap before they gets over-tiredness and furthermore to avoid naps too close to bed time.
Warm room with a night light
During the day place your baby in a noisy daytime environment such as the living room to let them nap so that they may be woken up by common noises and prevents them from oversleeping. At night, put your infant to bed in a quiet, dimly lit room to sleep where there is minimal disturbances. This will make your baby feel cosy and secured.
Interact more during the day
Parents can try to help their infant distinguish the difference of day and night by interacting with the baby more during the day and restricting stimulation around evening time. You should also feed more during the day and less at night. This simple habit helps babies in understanding that day is the time for noisy and stimulating activities, while night is for resting and quiet time.
Stimulate your baby by talking and playing with them in the day and try to restrict their nap to no more than two hours. This will tire them out sufficiently by the evening and then they will sleep through the vast majority of the night just waking up for milk and then promptly falling back asleep again. After a few days of repeating this your newborn would be accustomed to sleeping longer hours at night instead of in the day.
Limit contact during the night
It is vital for the parent to limit contact during the night such as rocking, cradling and giving them milk to help the infant to sleep. This will only make them rely on these forms of comfort in order to fall asleep and form a habit. Once this habit is formed it is very hard to break and the sleep pattern will be down the road. Limited contact during the night will help the baby quieten down in the evenings and slowly settle down for bedtime without screaming for your attention.