At some point most parents run into a phase where they just can’t get their baby to fall asleep. Here are five tips to help you get your baby to fall asleep. With a toddler son I’ve used these successfully to help get him down for naps and at night.
Maintaining a regular routine is probably the single most important strategy you can use to get your baby to sleep. Not just by putting them to bed at the same time each night, but going through the same pattern. That could be a bath and then rocking, or a quick snack and a diaper change. The key is to be consistent so your baby learns that when that set of activities occur they know it is time to go to sleep.
Put Down Before Asleep
This one can be hard, especially for first time parents, but letting your baby learn to put themselves to sleep when they are drowsy is a key strategy to getting them to fall asleep. It is best to put them down to bed when they are showing signs of being tired but are not yet asleep. This teaches them put themselves to sleep not just as bed time, but after night time feedings or if they wake up in the middle of the night. After going through your bed time routine put them to bed and saying goodnight can be hard when they are crying because they want to be held. Reassure them that you’ll be close by and that it is time to go to sleep. It may take a few days or a week but your baby will learn to put themselves to sleep sooner than you might think.
A little white noise can go a long way in helping a baby go to sleep. Whether that is a small fan running, a CD, a washing machine/drier, or the classic vacuum running the soft non-distinct sounds will help block out any distinct noises that might otherwise cause your baby to wake up or become more alert. Before being born babies are constantly hearing their Mom’s heart beat and other internal noises. Because of this a little repetitive soft white noise can comfort them as they fall asleep. Once they have been out for an hour or so and they are in a deep sleep you can generally turn that noise source off.
Like all of us, babies sleep best when they are comfortable. One of the important components in getting your baby to sleep is to make sure they are comfortable. Be sure your baby is not hungry, their diaper is clean, and their room is a comfortable temperature. A warm bath can help them relax and then followed by soft clean pajamas helps keep them that way.
Being able to recognize when your baby is tired is a key element to getting your baby to fall asleep. Having a consistent bed time is important but if your child has had a busy day and they are tired you should put them down early. If they have had a hectic day and they are wound up start helping them unwind a little earlier than normal so that when bed time arrives their little body is relaxed and ready.
Tips For Getting Your Baby To Fall Asleep Easier, BabySlumber.com
5 Baby Sleep Strategies, Parenting.com