Welcome to this week’s Monday’s Mommas feature.
I’d like to introduce you to Theresa Pickett, owner of Theresa’s Review Blog. Theresa is a writer and blogger with an M.Ed in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt. She is a mom to two girls, Samantha and Georgiana. In this guest post, Theresa shares some tips to get your baby (and the rest of your house) a good night’s sleep. This is a topic we can all relate to!
Best Baby Sleep Advice: 10 Tips
by: Theresa Pickett
Taking care of an infant is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Developing a normal sleep schedule is important for babies as they grow. As a parent, I remember being terrified that if my newborn baby fell asleep without me watching her, something might happen to her. Parenting has taught me some tips for getting babies to sleep well. Follow some of my top 10 tips for getting babies to sleep.
Invest In A High Quality Crib Mattress
Splurge for quality. Get a crib mattress that provides a healthy, comfortable sleep environment. Some mattress companies, such as Moonlight Slumber, specialize in quality instead of affordability. My older daughter sleeps well and often rests on her bed at night to read to herself because of the luxurious foam interior. The mattress goes through the most extensive testing program on the market, which covers air quality, product performance, and material contents.
Create A Bedtime Routine
According to Simply Psychology
, object permanence develops when babies are around 8 months, which is a critical time in the development of sleep routines. Create a bedtime routine of sleeping in the crib every night. If your child stays in your bed through this phase, you will end up with a preschooler who continues to sleep in your bed. You will sleep much better if you put your baby to bed in the crib consistently after she is 6 months old.
Provide Comfort For Your Baby
Help your baby feel calm and loved. Use your body language to communicate that rest time is a relaxing experience. Pat your baby on her back. Give your baby light, gentle caresses. Baby back massages can help your baby go to sleep. As your baby relaxes, she will get into a comfortable resting position and start sleeping in no time.
Bathe Your Baby
Baths make babies sleepy. Tepid warm water can help lull your baby into a rested state of mind. Wash your baby with high quality products, as untested products can create irritations. As a mom, I use Noodle and Boo
products, which are FDA-approved, hypoallergenic, clinically tested, pediatrician tested, and ideal for babies with sensitive skin or eczema. When I previously used untested products, I always noticed that my children didn’t sleep as well. Include a limited amount of toys in the bath. Make sure that bath time doesn’t get mistaken for play time.
Dress Baby For Bedtime
Keep your baby at a comfortable temperature throughout the night. Think hard about where you set up your crib. Setting up a crib near a door or window will make the baby cold at night. Dress your baby in one more layer than you wear. Feel your baby’s cheeks to determine whether she is hot or cold. Babies can overheat if swaddled with too many layers. Swaddling works well for infants, but as babies get older and don’t want to stay in the swaddle you can use fleece sleep-sacks for winter and light cotton nightgowns for summer. Avoid using blankets until your baby is a year old.
Nursing Moms, Check Your Diet
If you are nursing, your baby could have a hard time getting to sleep if your diet is not baby friendly. Avoid spicy foods, which can cause an upset stomach. Reduce your intake of caffeine. Quit caffeine temporarily to help get your baby’s sleep on schedule.
Feed Your Baby
Late night hunger can keep your baby awake. When you aren’t sure what might be wrong at night, try feeding your baby. Nursing can comfort babies and give them warmth, but avoid nursing your baby to sleep, which may interrupt the sleep routine. Burp your baby well. A baby that needs to burp feels uncomfortable and stays awake.
Check Your Baby’s Diaper
Babies get fussy when their diaper feels wet. If your baby is fed and has trouble sleeping, give a new diaper to help provide comfort.
Sing To Your Baby
Sing a lullaby to put your baby to sleep. Babies love hearing their parent’s voice. Using a lullaby CD can work too. If you use a children’s CD, choose relaxing songs that aren’t up-tempo.
Let Baby Fuss
Let your baby fuss just for a few minutes. Rushing to your baby immediately when she fusses can make you sleep deprived and anxious. As your baby learns her bedtime routine, she will more easily fall to sleep without your help. Fussing it out for five minutes is not a big deal as sometimes mom needs sleep and rest too. Check that your baby is fed well and has a clean diaper before you let her fuss.
I have previously received free items to help inform my writing, but not for the purpose of writing this article.