As new parents, it can be difficult knowing how to go about sleeping arrangements for your newborn. If you decided to go on with co-sleeping, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, co-sleeping comes with numerous downsides that could complicate or even destroy your marriage.
Likewise, not being able to get your baby to sleep quickly enough can also put significant strain on your relationship. After all, sleep is integral to our mood and overall happiness. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer from sleepiness nights from your baby. In this article, we will be going over some of the top tips to get your baby to sleep quickly.
Tips To Get Your Baby To Sleep Quickly:
1. Routine’s Are Everything
One of the most important tips that you can follow when you are looking to put your baby to sleep has to be coming up with and sticking to a routine. A routine is very important for adults, but it is even more important for babies. The primary way a baby learns when it’s time to sleep is from his or her environment.
Giving them viable clues that they can use to know when it’s time to go to sleep will make it much easier as a parent to be able to help them do so. As a result, you need to put your baby into a routine to get their internal clock functioning properly.
A good bedtime routine for your baby may be to give them a warm bath, turn on some white noise, and rock them to sleep. You want to get a routine going as soon as possible. That way, they can become accustomed to it which can help optimize their internal clock making it much easier to get them to fall asleep.
2. Ensure They Are Napping
One of the things that might sound counterproductive to getting your baby to sleep faster at night is one of the best things you can do. Believe it or not, but getting your baby to nap during the day is going to help tremendously in your effort to get your baby to sleep easier.
Using portable playpens, or now often called playards is a great way of ensuring that your young one can play and rest wherever you are. But how well they sleep will depend on how comfortable their playard mattress is. This is because a well-rested baby will have a much easier time falling to sleep than one that is overtired. If you’ve ever dealt with an overtired baby, you likely notice how difficult they can be to deal with.
Unfortunately, when a baby gets overtired, their stress levels rise rapidly. This causes them to be stimulated and it can result in the inability to go through sleep cycles as normal. Keep in mind, you want to have your baby nap earlier on in the day and not too close to bedtime for it to be productive in your efforts and not counterproductive.
3. Try To Get Your Baby To Fall Asleep On His/Her Own
One of the mistakes a lot of new parents make when they are putting their baby to sleep is not allowing their baby to deal with their surroundings. If you lay your baby down to sleep and he/she wakes up shortly after, try to see if your baby will fall back asleep on his or her own.
A good way to practice this to get your baby accustomed to falling asleep on his or her own is by laying them down when they are about to fall asleep but not while they are sleeping.
That way, they will learn how to make themselves go to sleep which can help them deal with periods at night when they might wake up and otherwise need their parents to put them back to sleep.
By using the tips above, you should be able to put yourself in the best position to get yourself a sleeping baby that doesn’t put a strain on your relationship. The real key is ensuring that your baby is following an optimal routine day in and day out.
Doing so ensures that their body does most of the work for them. Having a well-rested baby will lead to well-rested parents and that leads to a happier family and marriage.