One of the most common issues parents face regarding their babies is the baby’s inability to sleep soundly through the night. You may end up watching your baby monitor all night long as your child remains active well into the early morning. However, there are a few tactics parents can utilize in order to get their babies to go to sleep at the appropriate hour or go back to sleep if they have awakened in the middle of the night.
The following are tips to get your baby to sleep:
- Create routines. Since humans are creatures of habit, it’s imperative to establish a routine for your baby at the start. Whether it’s giving your baby a bath and singing lullabies or playing soothing songs and reading bedtime stories, these activities can help your baby relax and signal when it’s time to go to sleep.
- Don’t make eye contact. Babies can be easily stimulated. Making eye contact with sleepy babies may inadvertently give them the energy to snap out of their fatigue. Instead, maintain your focus on his/her belly and soothe them back to sleep.
- When your baby is getting sleepy, place him/her in crib in a quiet, darkened room. Doing this will help your baby learn to go to sleep in his or her crib, instead of in your bed or in your living room.
- Put your baby to bed when she’s drowsy, not asleep. Babies who are able to drift off to sleep on their own are more likely to learn to soothe themselves to sleep.
- Wait a moment before tending to your baby. If you react to every kind of sound coming from your baby through the baby monitor, you’re only condition him/her to wake up more frequently or robbing them of the opportunity to fall back asleep on their own. Just wait a few minutes to give him/her time to fall back asleep. If he/she doesn’t, and it appears that he/she is waking up, try to get to him/her before the crying and screaming, since this can cause him/her to get to worked up to fall back asleep.