When a baby comes, the entire house is filled with joy watching at the baby, playing with the baby, and adoring their sweet little nothings. Babies bring laughter and warmth in a family. They have the potential to connect everyone. It’s not the baby who talks; it’s the elder ones who talk looking at the baby and forgetting every tension in life.
Tips To Help Your Baby Sleep Throughout the Night
However, a mother has to take care of the baby day and night. And the most concerned and frightening task of a mother is to help baby sleep throughout the night. As in most cases, it’s the mother who has to wake up in the middle of the night to pacify the crying or hungry baby who are completely depended on their mother’s feed. In this case, there are some tips and routines that a mother can follow to help the baby sleep throughout the night. The reason, it is important for both; the mother as well as the baby to have a good night sleep so that the day is bright, refreshing and full of energy.
1. Bed Time Ritual
It may sound gross that how can a little baby have a bedtime ritual as they sleep when they want to and eat at their own timings. But, yes, it is true at the same point that a bedtime routine or ritual is important for a baby to sleep throughout the night. For this, you can start early as, by the time babies reach the milestone of four months, they can understand the clues and the routine things going around them and with them. It can make bedtime much easier for moms. All you have to do is introducing evening baths, soft music, dim lights, a bedtime story or rhyme or simply a prayer can put the baby to sleep calmly.
2. The Baby is not Hungry Every Time She Wakes Up
When the babies wake up in the middle of the night, many parents assume that they are hungry and straight away feed them with breastfeed or bottled milk. This habit makes them accustomed to the task of sleeping after a feed every time they wake up. The key is to wait patiently and let them get comfortable on their own. If required, then only feed them. Maybe they are crying because of some uneasiness, and giving more milk may only add to their problem.
3. Schedule as per Your Baby’s Schedule
Plotting a bedtime ritual is a good idea. However, simply don’t make it or rush your baby to follow it; rather understand the cues or hints your baby start giving when they want to sleep. You can note down sleeping times and feeding pattern of your baby and schedule their night sleep time accordingly. Like if they start yawning or start getting cranky at the same time every day, you can start with your schedule of making them sleep.
4. Solid Foods Are Not the Indication That the Baby is full and contented
A large number of parents have this myth that the baby wakes up midnight because they are hungry and introduce solids early. Doctors say that six months is the right time to introduce solids. Also, small babies can have allergies or gas related issues at night if given forcefully and this can disturb their sleep.
5. Don’t Be in a Hurry to Make Your Baby Sleep
Wait for the baby to feel drowsy or sleepy, and then only start with your routine of making him or her feed, bath, pacify and then sleep. Babies sleep properly if they sleep on their own. Start putting them down when they are almost asleep. If they learn to sleep on their own, they can stretch their sleep-time for long. This is because if they wake up and don’t find the cradle of their mom, they get cranky and cry more. If they sleep on their own, they are more comfortable and happy when they wake up. And, this, in turn, is more helpful for the mom.
So, these were the tips that can actually help the mothers to help their babies to sleep throughout the night. Babies can be cranky during the daytime if their night sleep is not sound and they are tired. This can trouble the mothers also. So, a little effort and right knowledge can make parenting more enjoyable both for the babies as well as the parents.