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Tips For Getting Your Newborn To Sleep Peacefully Through The Night
Newborn babies look absolutely angelic when they’re fast asleep. Unfortunately, infants don’t generally stay asleep for too long, and when they stir, they tend to be loud, fussy, and cranky. New parents can be extremely hard pressed to get a good night’s rest during the first few months of their baby’s life, especially when they are first-time parents.
There are questions you probably want to ask such as whether or not you should try co-sleeping or how you can find the best crib mattress. One thing is for sure – you and your newborn are going to need structure if you’re going to start getting a good amount of rest anytime soon. Here are some tips that can help new parents who want to get their infants to sleep undisturbed.
• Remind your baby of the womb
So, this might sound kind of weird but newborns don’t really know what to do with their cribs. You lay them down on flat, firm, mattresses, and they end up wiggling and turning their heads back and forth. Now, a few months from now and it’s going to be a totally different story.
Infants would much rather be put to sleep in an environment that is warm, restrictive, and reminiscent of the womb. Look for cosy blankets or a baby sleep sack that you can put your baby into that are perfectly safe, and believe it or not, they will to go sleep fast and hard.
• Try using blackout curtains
Unlike adults, babies need to get a good amount of rest during the day. When you’re trying to put your child down for a nap at two o’clock in the afternoon, of course, the sun streaming through the curtains is going to be a distraction. Go ahead and hang up some blackout curtains.
Contrary to their name, they won’t make your baby’s nursery pitch dark, but they will effectively block out any direct sunlight. With room darkened and quiet, your infant will be able to go to sleep much easier, no matter what time of day it is.
• Use a musical soundtrack
For especially fussy babies, the night-time bed routine can become a battle of wills. As soon as your child recognizes that you’re putting him or her down for the evening, the crying and fussing can become even more pronounced. Make bedtime more soothing by putting on some music and rocking your child to sleep.
If your baby is already asleep before bedtime, then you just need to put him or her in the crib and then make your exit. After some time, your child will fall asleep in your arms more quickly, especially after the music comes on. Sometimes babies can be extra cranky because they are gassy or experiencing other digestive issues, so don’t assume that you aren’t getting the sleep you need because you’re doing something wrong.
Always consult with a paediatrician if you have any type of concern about your infant. Otherwise, these tips will help you to get your much-needed restorative sleep, as taking care of a newborn is a lot of work.
Take good care of your little bundle of joy♥
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