Help Baby Sleep with Consistent Bedtimes and Routines

Posted on August 22, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

 

Help Baby Sleep with Consistent Bedtimes and Routines

• Give your baby time to settle down. Bath time is a wonderful time of bonding with all that skin on skin contact. Remember to add relaxing scents like lavender to prepare baby for rest.

• Dress baby in snug, footed pajamas for safety and warmth.

• Create the right bedroom temperature and humidity. Set the thermostat at about 65-70 degrees.

• Nursing baby before nap time or bedtime will ensure that baby will sleep more soundly and not feel hungry. Make sure to burp baby before laying them down.

• Relieve teething pain. Even though you may not yet be able to feel baby’s teeth, teething discomfort may start as early as three months and continue off and on all the way through the two-year molars.

• Darkness in the bedroom will usher in a better understanding of “it’s time to rest” and also lowers the optic signals to the brain which, in return increase melatonin, our natural sleep aid.

• Sounds to sleep by. Repetitive sounds that lull baby to sleep are known as white noise, such as the sounds of a fan, air conditioner, or even tape recordings of womb sounds. Also, try lullabies on a continuous-play tape recorder. Or leave quite.

• Rocking or walking down. Try rocking baby to sleep in a rocking chair, or walk with baby, patting their back and singing.

• Lay down drowsy, awake and on their back will teach them to put themselves to sleep without you.

• Use pacifier to comfort baby, suckling is a necessary instinct all babies have to soothe themselves.

 

 

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