Top 10 Tips to
Help Baby Get to Sleep
One of the necessities of
parenthood is to find ways to get your baby to go to sleep. A baby that has
been awake too long is often a restless baby—and one that might keep you up as
well. If you are a new parent at your wit’s end about how to get your child off
to dreamland, here are some tips to help you get through those wakeful nights:
Limit Daytime Sleep
It is critically important
that your newborn does not get too much sleep during the daytime. Otherwise, he
or she might have real trouble getting to sleep at night.
the Room Dark
Make sure that the room that
your child is trying to get to sleep in is sufficiently dark. Otherwise, it
might be difficult for your baby to relax.
Nursing Your Baby to Sleep
This is a tried-and-true way
to help your child drift off. A full tummy does wonders…
The traditional bedtime
lullaby may be just what your baby needs to get to sleep. The soothing sound of
your voice is often just what baby needs.
a Teddy Bear Inside the
With a companion by his or
her side, your baby might be more likely to get some shut-eye.
It may be much easier for
your baby to get to sleep if you are lying right along side. This helps baby
feel comforted. While such a sleeping arrangement may take some getting used
to, it can be quite comfortable for both you and baby.
Your Baby a Bath
A bath can be incredibly
soothing for a young child—so take advantage of it. The warmth can help relax
them, and, especially with the advent of the
baby seats for the bath, can help relax you too!
Cradle your baby in your
arms, sit down in an old-fashioned rocking chair and try rocking your newborn to
sleep. It may be old-fashioned—but it works!
If your baby is a little
older and is already eating solids, try to avoid serving him or her that helping
of sweet potatoes right before bed.
a Bedtime Routine
Experts say such a routine
relaxes a child and prepares him or her for bedtime. You can start such a
routine quite early in your baby’s life. That way, he or she will know what to
expect right before it’s time to go to sleep.