Tips for getting your Baby to Sleep better Baby Isn’t Sleeping Giving Baby a Warm Bath

There’s many available tips to help your baby sleep better. Some will work wonders, while others will not. It’s really dependant upon the baby as to what works the best. Getting a good night’s sleep is not only a parent’s dream, daydream that is, but is also important for baby too.

Sleep Patterns of Babies

Understanding the sleep patterns will help you to understand why your baby isn’t sleeping as much as you think she should. Newborns tend to sleep in segments of about 4 hours at a time, and up to 16-17 hours a day. Infants may sleep roughly 10 hours a day, in intervals of 2-3 hours at a time. Toddlers may sleep approximately 3-4 hours daily in 1 and a half to 2 hours at a time.

Babies, infants, and toddlers go through the same sleep phases as adults. Those phases are being drowsy, light sleep, REM, and deep sleep. Unlike adults, newborns tend to get the best quality sleep during the daytime. Waking to feed, or be changed, is tiresome for such a new little person.

Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Better

The classic warm bath before bed seems to stand it’s ground as the champion method most parents use. A soothing baby massage, using a relaxing nighttime baby lotion, may do the trick. Reading bedtime stories can also help your baby sleep better; hearing your voice may give baby the gentle push she needs to fall away to “Dream Land”.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, placing a fan in the baby’s room may help with sleep by offering soothing “white noise”, and providing circulated, fresh oxygen in the room. The circulation of the fresh oxygen can possible help to reduce SIDS. The fan may also help keep the room at a comfortable cool, which allows for more restful sleep.

Placing a dim nightlight in the room may also help. The soft light may help your baby to feel more secure in her crib alone. Adding the twinkling sound of a music box, mobile, or other soothing musical vice may be of help to baby as well.

Parent’s, for ages, have tried looking for ways to get their precious babies to sleep; and sleep better. Eventually, sleep will come for parents and baby. It takes patience, trial-and-error, and love when experimenting with different tips to help your baby sleep better.

References:

The American Academy of Pediatrics

Pregnancy.com

KidsHealth.org