5 Tips To Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night
After getting a new born baby, it is normal to wake up in the middle of the night to sounds of your crying, every parent especially fathers find it hard to adjust to this new situation and look for steps they can take to ensure a good night sleep for themselves and also for the baby. If this is you, don’t worry, we got you.
Here are five tips to help your baby sleep through the night:
1. Encourage Full Feedings: For the first six weeks, feeding times can be 20 to 40 minutes long. But because babies can get tired after 10 minutes of feeding while snuggling in their parent’s arms, they may fall asleep. If you’re trying to sleep train, however, it’s important that you try and get them into the habit of completing “full feedings,” or staying awake during the entire feed. This will eventually lead to them dropping their night feeds naturally, which may help them sleep through the night.
2. Establish a Sleep Routine As Early As Possible: Because infants love routine and crave it to understand exactly what’s happening next — in this case, you’re signaling that it’s time to sleep — establishing routines for both naptime and bedtime is essential. Applying these routines as quickly as possible is equally important so that you set the precedent for them early on.
3. Keep Their Sleeping Environment The Same: Try maintaining the same sleep environment each time they either nap or go to sleep in the evening. By doing this, your infant will get used to waking up in the same place every day. If your goal is to have baby taking all their naps and sleeping all night in the crib, you’ll need to begin to slowly introduce this new napping area for your infant.
4. Stick To A Specific Amount Of Time For Naps: It’s important that you try and keep your baby to a fairly regular sleep schedule. This means naps should be at least 30 to 45 minutes but no more than 3 hours. If your baby doesn’t get enough sleep, this could lead to them becoming overtired, fussy, and result in difficulty falling asleep — and staying asleep — in the evening. Too much nap time, however, isn’t good and can potentially lead to them having problems falling asleep at bedtime or waking up extremely early the next day (think before 6 a.m.).
5. Eat-Play-Sleep-Repeat : While there should be a routine in putting your baby down for a nap, you should also implement a routine for when they wake up.
This is where you can use “Eat-Play-Sleep” (EPS). Your infant will:
Eat. They should ideally take a full feed.
Play. This could be anything from tummy time and errands to walks around your neighborhood.
Sleep. This would be a nap or bedtime.
Once again, consistency is key. Much like with the routine for when your baby is about to go down for a nap or going to bed at night, this practice will help your child understand what’s coming next.
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