Parenting is stressful enough without the sleep deprivation. It is only natural for parents to look forward to the time when their baby sleeps through the night. The good news is there are some sleep techniques parents can use to try and encourage better sleep habits for their baby.
Please note that the following tips are purely intended to be informational in nature, may not work for every baby, and are not directed toward specific situations. You should always consult with your doctor regarding any specific questions you may have about your baby or the appropriateness of any treatment plan.
Avoid nighttime nursing
Babies can get used to nursing in order to fall asleep, however, reports indicate that the large majority of six-month-olds do not require a nighttime snack. Check with your pediatrician and, if they say go ahead, reduce feedings during the night over the course of a few days.
Don’t stay in the room too long
If your baby wakes up during the night, they naturally want to be soothed for a long as possible or often want to play. After checking on your baby, leave the room to make it clear that night is not the time for spending time to soothe or play. Often, after a few minutes, your baby will fall back asleep or entertain themselves.
Take away the pacifier at night
When babies lose their pacifiers during the night, they do not have the motor skills to find it and put it back in until about eight months. Parents often spend a lot of time running to replace the pacifier to stop their baby from crying in the middle of the night. If you wean them off the Binky, losing it will no longer be an issue at night.
Use white noise
When you regularly use white noise, your baby can start to associate the noise with sleep time and may begin to relax. While you can purchase a white noise machine, downloading MP3s of white noise or even just using a quiet fan can also do the trick.
Have the right sleep supplies
Having a safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep is essential. You should carefully choose everything from the crib to the mattress to the bedding. Make sure the mattress fits perfectly in the crib and is firm and bedding should never be too loose. Having plenty of extra sheets on hand can help for faster changing should a leak occur during the night.
Stop into Karl’s Today!
At Karl’s for Kids, we have everything you need to set up the perfect sleep environment for your baby. We can help you pick out a crib, mattress, and bedding that is the right size and that will fit in beautifully with your nursery design. Our 4-level showroom is conveniently located to serve parents across Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. So please call our store at 215-627-2515 with questions or stop in today!