It's true that being a new parent is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be incredibly exhausting. One of the biggest problems that new parents face is how to get their baby to sleep at night. So, here are some useful tips new parents can do to easily get their baby to sleep.
Dim the lights
Dimming the lights helps baby feel more secure and more relaxed in their surroundings. Turn off bright lights like ceiling fans or lamps that are too bright for their eyesight. If possible, cover any windows with blackout curtains so that no light comes through at night.
Keeping them warm also helps. Designed in a comforting cocoon-like shape to help babies feel cozy and secure, this Sleep Nest Fleece will keep your little one comfy white they sleep.
Keep the noise down
If you're new to parenting, keep noise down by closing doors and windows. You might find it helpful to put on some music during their nap or bed time.
Avoid feeding your baby right before bedtime
Feeding your baby right before bedtime can cause them to wake up a lot during the night. If you do feed your baby right before bedtime, make sure they are not hungry and that they are still full from their last feeding. You should also avoid feeding your baby if they are already full or have had enough food for the day.
Limit screen time
Both parents and children can be affected by the effects of TV, tablet, or smartphone use. Television can lead to poor quality sleep, excessive sleeping at night, a decrease in overall sleep duration, and an increase in daytime fatigue.
Let them cry it out
This method is often the most effective, but it's also one of the hardest to do. The idea is that you let your baby cry for a few minutes, then go in and comfort them until they fall asleep on their own. Don't pick them up right away if they start crying. If you rush into their room when they start crying and try to put them down again right away, this could lead to more intense crying fit. After they’ve calm down, lift them up and wrap them up in a cozy blanket like this Furry Blankie to make them feel secured.
Create a bedtime routine
A good bedtime routine ensures that your baby's sleeping pattern is consistent and predictable, which makes it easier for them to fall asleep on their own. Being consistent is the key. Try your best to stick to your routine and schedule as changing things up now and then could cause anxiety or confusion for you and your baby.
With these tips, you’ll have more ideas to work with in terms of getting your baby to sleep better. Of course, this is not a "one size fits all" solution for all parents, babies or situations. Nonetheless, these suggestions is a good springboard for exploring alternative approaches and identifying what works best for you and your baby.