Does your baby sleep through the day, and keep you up at night? This has been the cry of mothers and fathers heard round the world for centuries.
A newborn baby can sleep 16 to 20 hours in a day. But this occurs in about 3 or 4 periods. You just need your baby to get into a sleeping schedule. If your baby has a routine, you’ll be able to have time to rest, to do chores, or anything.
You may just be one tweak away from a good night’s rest. Here are some ideas that will help your baby sleep on a schedule.
The key to getting a baby to sleep consistently is by keeping bedtime rituals. You should not do different routines for getting your baby to sleep. You should be very consistent.
You should turn down the lights and keep the nursery room quiet when it’s almost bedtime. Something as simple as a dishwasher or dryer can interrupt your baby’s sleeping schedule on any given night. It’s best to keep the nursery area quiet.
You prepare your baby for bedtime with routines. They should involve relaxing and soothing the baby. Rocking the baby or singing a lullaby works well here.
You should keep the nursery at the right temperature. A comfortable room temperature will help your child comfortably sleep through the night without waking.
Babies do cry at times, though. Many parents use the controlled crying method. When the baby starts to cry, let him be for five minutes before you do anything. Do no more than pat him and soothe him with words. Do not pick him up out of his cot. Every time you go into the nursery, be sure that you are speaking soothingly. By waiting 5 to 10 minutes, your baby will learn that crying will not help and your reassuring voice will help your baby feel secure.
Babies usually sleep through the night when they are nine months old or so. Everything comes and goes.