|Getting Your Baby On A Sleeping Routine
by: Sarah Veda
It’s not unusual for newborns to have unusual sleeping
habits, particularly for them to want to sleep during the day, and stay
awake at night. Remember, in the womb its dark all the time, so night and
day mean nothing to them. If your baby’s sleeping habits need some adjustment,
here are some ways to get him on track.
· Don’t keep quiet during the day when he’s sleeping
– When he sleeps during the day (and all babies will) leave the door to
his room open, and go about your normal daily routine. Keep the television
or stereo on. This will accomplish two things. First, he will learn to
sleep even through noise, which is important, since this child will be
taking naps in your home for four or five years. Secondly, he will get
the idea that the daytime is not the right time for long periods of sleep.
· If he sleeps more than three hours at a stretch,
wake him. Babies should nap during the day, of course, but more than three
hours is not a nap. To get him awake, try holding him upright and tickling
his feet. If that doesn’t work, take off his shirt. The chill will wake
him. Don’t leave him uncovered for long, though. Once he is awake, sing
or talk to him to keep him that way for a while. This is a great time to
put him on a mat for some tummy time if it’s not feeding time.
Now, of course the second half of this problem is the
staying awake at night. This is going to take some time, and babies usually
make some significant adjustments within about three weeks, though you
will be getting up for feedings at least once at night for a bit longer.
Some things you can do to make him more likely to sleep longer and better
during the night are:
· Put him in bassinet or cradle for the first few
weeks. A crib can seem huge to a newborn, so you might find that he sleeps
much better in the coziness of a smaller space.
· Give him some soothing sounds. Not only will
this act as a sort of “white noise” to block out other sounds, it will
also be soothing to him. Soft, classical music works well, but so can the
constant hum of a fan.
· Keep the room at a comfortable temperature. If
he’s too cold or too warm, just like the rest of us, he won’t sleep as
· Establishing a routine. Your child will sleep
better if he has an established sleeping routine for day and night. Put
him down for naps at the same time each day, and put him down for bed at
the same time each night. Create some bedtime habits that will signal to
the baby that bedtime is near. A bath or a story can be a nice way to wind
down and get ready for restful sleep.
Sleeping habits are a challenge for most new mothers,
because you’re so tired yourself. One word of advice – don’t try to make
baby sleep at night by not allowing him to nap during the day. It will
backfire. Babies need lots of sleep, and naps are a critical part of this.
Just don’t let him sleep for too long at a stretch during the day. Give
it some time, and take some naps yourself, and before you know it, everyone
will be sleeping soundly through the night.
About The Author
Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys
and one girl. She spent many years as a manager in the corporate world,
and gave it up to be a stay at home mom. Go to http://www.infantresources.com
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