Baby Sleep Tips for Parents
New parents worry about a number of different things with a new child, ranging from how often their baby will need to eat to what to do if their baby gets sick to how often their baby needs to sleep and more. At Seven Oaks Sleep Science, we know that the list of questions goes on and on. And while each baby and family is different, we also know that making sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep can be a huge part of a happy and healthy baby and family. As such, here are some baby sleep tips that parents can start integrating early on to improve sleep for all.
Put in Place Routines Early On
We know that bringing home a new baby means that your routine is already much different than it was before, and everyone in the family may have some difficulty getting into the swing of things. That being said, the sooner that you can put in a place a bedtime routine (and stick to it!) the better.
There is lots of evidence to show that a consistent nighttime routine can really help your baby sleep. It doesn’t need to be long or hard – just choose two or three things that you can do every night. A sleep routine might include bathing your baby before bed, feeding them and then reading them a story. If you do the same routine at the same time every night, your baby’s body will naturally start to know when it’s time to go to sleep.
Keep Your Baby in “Sleep Mode”
If your baby wakes up during the night, doing things that will engage them and get them out of sleep mode can make it harder for them to fall back to sleep. Things that might disturb sleep mode include any loud noises, extra people, turning on the lights, changing a diaper, or even singing to your baby. While newborns will need feedings during the night, keep them in sleep mode by keeping them swaddled during feedings, and keeping the lights dim and distractions to a minimum.
Integrate a Smart Napping Schedule
Each child is different, but in general, newborns and babies need a lot of sleep. And while all babies need naps, when babies want to nap and for how long they want to sleep can differ significantly. You should speak with a sleep expert about how long your baby should nap for (too long can mean difficulty falling asleep at night), and make sure that you’re not skipping naps, which could also have night time sleep consequences.
We’re Here to Help You Figure Out a Great Sleep Schedule for Your Baby
At Seven Oaks Sleep Science, we are experts in baby sleep training, and understand how important is getting your baby to sleep is. For more tips and tricks regarding sleep, or to learn more about sleep training, please contact us online and we will get back to you quickly. We are able to schedule most consultations within one week of contact, and offer both in-home and phone consultations.