How to get your baby to sleep through the night
5 new ways to get your baby to sleep through the night
Newborn babies actually sleep around two-thirds of the day. However, for most new parents those tranquilly peaceful periods of sleep do tend to happen in small and often random bursts throughout the 24-hour period.
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New parents who are used to getting a full, healthy 8-hours of sleep a night, and getting all of their sleep at once can, therefore, struggle to adjust, and find it difficult to get their new born babies off to sleep.
Getting your newborn baby to sleep requires a little time and patience. Making them comfortable, getting into a good routine and providing a safe and soothing environment, such as the Amby Baby Hammock, for them to sleep in are all important when it comes to getting your little one to nod off.
Here are 5 useful ways to ensure you are doing all you can to help your baby get to sleep:
1. Make sure the baby is comfortable
While this might seem obvious, there is plenty to do to make sure you child is totally comfortable before bedtime. Check their nappy is dry and give them a night time feed - though be careful not to give them too much as this will make it harder for them to go to sleep.
Around 45 minutes to an hour after feeding you can give you baby a massage, gently rubbing their feet, legs, back and chest to help them relax. You can talk softly to you child or sing to them while you do this to soothe them further.
Dress your baby in soft, light clothing that allows them room to move and will keep them cosy. Make sure their bed is a comfortable and restful space just for them, such as the Amby Baby Hammock which provides a soft, supportive and natural sleeping environment for your child.
Check your baby for rashes, or any signs of sickness, if you see any signs then try to make them more comfortable by applying a soothing cream, or cooling them with a damp washcloth. The Amby Baby Hammock can help with Colic, Infant Reflux, Flat Head Syndrome and restless sleepers.
2. Make sure the baby's sleeping environment is right
Dim the lights as bedtime draws near. Keeping the lights low will release melatonin in your child’s brain which will help them get to sleep. Keep the lights off in your child’s bedroom too. Invest in a nightlight that gives off a gentle red light as this has shown to have a calming effect, rather than a blue light which keeps the brain active and stimulated.
Make sure the room is not too hot or too cold - around 20 degrees is optimum. A soft, light blanket should be enough to keep them cosy and warm.
If you can, let the baby sleep in their own room, where noise from others cannot disturb them. Playing soothing music, sounds of nature such as rain or the ocean, or even white noise can help babies drift off.
However, each child is different and some prefer to be in as quiet a room as possible, so you may have to experiment and see what works for you.
3. Incorporate gentle movement to help your baby naturally fall asleep
When trying to help your child nap during the day, keep them close to you and let them feel your natural movement, heartbeat and warmth. Taking them for a walk in a stroller can help too, as the fresh air and movement can make your baby feel sleepy.
Rocking your child to sleep can also be extremely effective. Motion has been proven to lull babies into sleep. The Amby Baby Hammock gently rocks your child to sleep in their own bed - this is so much more effective than rocking your child to sleep in your arms and then trying to keep them that way when placing them into a cot or crib!
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4. Keep a consistent bedtime routine
Keeping the same routine each evening will help your baby recognise that it is time to start to unwind. In the lead up to bedtime play quietly with your child, give them a warm, calming bath, read them a book (your voice will soothe them even if they can’t understand the words) Put your baby to bed at the same time each night, and keep nap times regular too.
5. Train your baby into positive and regular sleeping habits
By feeding your child regularly throughout the day, they are less likely to feel hungry and wake up wanting to be fed in the night. Make sure noisy, stimulating activities all take place in the day, and that all activities are calm, quiet and gentle at night.
Putting your baby to bed in the same environment each time will also help them understand that their bed is for sleeping in. Although maintaining a familiar sleeping environment can be difficult if you have to travel – especially as travel cots can be so awkward to lug around.
Because the Amby Baby Hammock can easily be transported from room to room and place to place you can ensure you child will always sleep in the same soothing, comfortable place - no matter where you are.