6 TIPS TO GET YOUR BABY TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT
TRY SOME OF THE BELOW TIPS TO GET YOUR LITTLE ONE SNOOZING
The ultimate new parent nightmare is having to wake up uncountable times in the night to tend to a crying baby. As much as we love our babies, no one likes having to stay up for the better part of the night to soothe a frantically weeping baby. It is not only disturbing but may also be exhausting both physically and mentally. This may be the reason why many new mothers will wake up tired in the morning with huge eyebags, probably wishing that parenting was much easier and hoping to catch a good nap during the day.
Through experience, however, mothers have discovered some tricks that will keep your baby asleep for at least eight hours. Here are some of those:
GET YOUR BABY OFF THE PACIFIER
If your baby is making you answer those random calls at two or three a.m., you might want to get them off the pacifier. If you wean them on it for too long, they get used to it, and whenever it comes off at night, they will cry until you get it back on again.
While pacifiers are quite helpful in preventing sudden infant deaths, they are also dangerous. In recent cases, babies have been found to have burn marks on their skins after their pacifiers fell off and sucked their skin in. They will only be able to put it back themselves after about eight months. Until then, try to minimize its use.
SHOW THE BABY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY
This is best achieved by making daytime interaction lively and active, and nights quiet and calm. The baby will learn the difference between these two times and adjust their body-clock to sleep when things get very quiet.
LET THE BABY LEARN HOW TO SLEEP BY THEMSELVES
Whenever you realize that your baby is sleepy, put them on their backs in their cribs or bassinets while they are still awake and let them sleep by themselves. If you sooth your baby until they sleep they will get used to it and may not sleep at all until they are soothed to sleep. If you let the baby depend on being rocked to sleep, then you might as well as be prepared to put your hands to work for the better part of the night.
CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY
You need to have a routine for everything you will do with. Be consistent in feeding, bathing, playing and resting in their baby furniture and sleeping of course. This will help the little one fall into a schedule which they will start observing naturally.
MAKE SURE THE BABY IS FULL WHEN THEY FALL ASLEEP
Even an adult will wake up to grab a bite if they sleep hungry. Breastfeed your baby until they start showing signs of being full (such as turning their heads away from the breast) then let them sleep.
That said, also remember that the comfort of the baby is a determining factor. Get them some cosy infant clothes from Bubs Warehouse and they will never wake up in the middle of the night to have them changed!