Baby Sleep Tips - Making Your Baby Comfortable by Brandon C. Hall
Often, it seems fairly random whether or not babies sleep
well. New parents will often discuss how they were simply "lucky" with
one child as opposed to another. While it is true that in many cases how
your child sleeps is largely out of your control, there remains many baby
sleep tips you can employ to encourage better sleeping habits. One of the
most important is to ensure that your baby is comfortable when he goes
Bedtime is a transitional period for your child, and your
efforts to make him sleep better should revolve around getting him to learn
to sleep on his own. One of the most important elements of achieving this
is to create an environment where your baby is as comfortable as possible.
For this reason, the before-bed routine should always consist of changing
and feedings - the worst thing for a baby, in terms of sleeping well, is
to be in want of something when he is put to bed.
You should also be trying to make your baby as physically
comfortable as possible when putting him to sleep. One of the most commonly
overlooked aspects of this is allowing your baby to breathe easily through
the nose. Most people, but especially babies, depend on clear nasal passages
for a good night's sleep. It's important to remove all airborne allergens
in the baby's nursery: everything should be well dusted, and you should
keep dust collecting items - like fuzzy blankets and stuffed animals -
to a minimum. When your baby is very young it takes time for him to learn
to breathe through his mouth, so you must carefully pay attention to his
nasal breathing when putting him to sleep. If you notice the problem is
persistent, you may benefit from installing an air filter in the room that
is designed to remove dust particles and allergens - this also has the
added bonus of creating a soothing hum that will help many babies sleep
You should also pay particular attention to your baby's
clothing. All babies are different in terms of their preferences, and you
have to watch them closely. In many cases, things that look comfortable
to you - very snug outfits, for example - may not be comfortable for your
particular baby. Try both tight and loose fitting clothes and see which
ones your baby seems to prefer.
Finally, consider how well your baby sleeps with wet
diapers. Most babies will sleep well through the night with a wet diaper,
but some will not. If this is the case, you can often solve your baby's
sleeping difficulties by giving him a change in the night.
The main thing to keep in mind in terms of your babies
comfort is to pay close attention, and to trust your instincts. Although
it is tempting to follow guides and stick to hard and fast rules, remember
that the adage "mother knows best" is generally true. So if your baby seems
uncomfortable in his clothes, don't hesitate to change him into something
that doesn't "look" as comfortable. If you trust your own judgments over
those of guides in terms of your baby's comfort, it's likely that he will
sleep much better.
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.