|Baby Sleep Tips - Some Tricks For The Transition by Brandon C. Hall
As a new parent, one of your priorities will be to establish
good sleeping habits with your newborn. Your baby needs to learn to sleep
on his own; the transition from sleeping with his mother to sleeping by
himself takes some time. Of course, as add added bonus, if you get your
baby to learn to sleep on his own you will also get some much needed rest
yourself. To instill good sleeping habits in your baby, research and try
to employ different baby sleep tips: try a lot of things and see what works
for you, and don't be afraid to trust your instincts.
Many baby sleep tips center on the idea of establishing
routines and associations for your child between nighttime and sleep. The
sooner you child begins to associate bedtime with sleep, the more likely
he is to be able to go to sleep without a fuss. A period that is often
overlooked, however, in establishing day vs. night associations, is the
period of "transition" - that is, the one between being awake and falling
asleep. Here are some transitioning techniques to try:
Try what is sometimes called "fathering down." Just before
placing the baby into bed, the father should cradle the baby in such a
way that the baby's head rests on the father neck. The father should then
talk gently to the child. Because the male's voice is much deeper than
the female's, babies are often more soothed by it, and will fall asleep
more easily after being exposed to it for some time.
You can also try what is sometimes referred to as "wearing
down." This is effective if your baby has been active throughout the day
and is too excited to go to bed easily. All you have to do is place your
baby in a sling or carrier - "wear him" in other words - for about half
an hour before his bedtime. Simply go about your regular household activities:
being close to a parent and slowly rocked about before bedtime will provide
your child with an easier transition from being awake to being asleep.
Finally, if you've exhausted other options, you can go
for the tried and true method of "driving down." Most parents are probably
familiar with this as a last resort: place your baby in the car and drive
around for awhile until he falls asleep. This one, while inconvenient,
usually works every time, and if you desperately need some sleep it can
be a godsend.
Obviously, you don't want to do things like drive around
every night to get your child to sleep. Nor do you want to have to carry
him around in a sling. The idea, though, is to start with these more drastic
techniques and then slowly ease out of them. Keep in mind what a major
transition your baby is going through when he is tiny: he's never slept
on his own before. He simply doesn't know how to transition himself from
being awake to being asleep. By employing these transition techniques you
will be slowly teaching him how to do so, and as they are gradually removed
your baby will learn good sleeping habits, which will ensure that both
you and your child get a good night's rest.
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.