Baby Sleep Tips - Create A Familiar Environment by Brandon C. Hall
All newborns are, of course, different. Some sleep better
than others at a young age, which prompts many parents to trade stories
of how "lucky" or "unlucky" they were with a given child. There is, no
doubt, a certain amount of mystery to getting a child to sleep well and
through the night on his own. Nevertheless, a plethora of baby sleep tips
exist intended to speed up the process which your child goes through before
sleeping on his own.
Getting your child to sleep on his own in a timely fashion
involves speeding up a natural transition: the one from sleeping with his
mother to sleeping on his own. At first, when your baby wakes up in the
middle of the night, he will cry for his mother, as this is the only way
he knows how to fall asleep. One of the things you must do as a parent
is help create the best environment for your baby to fall asleep on his
Many people naturally assume that the best environment
for sleep is one of total silence: most of us are familiar with having
to tiptoe around a sleeping baby's room. Although a quiet environment is
the best one for most adults, you'd be well advised to remember where your
newborn baby has been sleeping for the past nine months: in his mother's
womb. In the womb, of course, your newborn slept in many situations that
were far from quiet - when the mother was out in public, or socializing
with other people. For this reason a newborn baby will often sleep better
by being exposed to some quiet background noise.
You should be trying to allow some ambient "white noise"
to be around your baby when he goes to sleep. Sudden loud noises will,
of course, rouse him, but in most cases some background chatter and other
soothing noises will help the sleep process: most adults, I'm sure, can
likely remember falling asleep to the sounds of their parents and their
friends having a conversation.
There are products marketed to new parents to create
these ambient noises - most notably audio CDs containing tracks of soothing
noise. It usually isn't necessary to buy these, however - in most cases
simply leaving the door to the baby's nursery ajar will do the trick. In
a similar vein, if your baby falls asleep around company, allow him to
stay there rather than moving him to a quiet room.
By helping to create the best possible environment for
your baby's sleep, you help him learn to fall asleep in his own. Often
a humming noise can help - we all know how easy it can be to fall asleep
in a moving car - so having a humidifier or fan in the baby's room can
often do wonders.
Whatever solution you choose, remember that it needn't
be overly complicated. Simply leave the door ajar, or let your baby sleep
in the company of others. Contrary to what many people intuitively think,
if you keep your baby from sleeping in total silence, he'll often sleep
About the Author
Brandon C. Hall maintains Free
Info Blog which contains many articles and resources on baby
sleep tips as well as many other topics.