This post is sponsored by sleepadvisor.org. Sarah from The Sleep Advisor shares her best tips for us today to get our babies sleeping, well…like babies, in no time!
It should be no surprise to you that all of my friends with babies at home don’t get enough sleep at night. In fact, my friends are not alone — 62% of women without children get the adequate number of sleep per night, while only 42% of women with young children reported getting enough sleep, according to a study reported by CBS News.
It’s not a surprise that less than half of mothers are getting the required sleep — but this is alarming as it means that their own bodies won’t be effective in combating disease and getting through their daily routines. If you have a baby at home, try eleven of my best tips for getting your baby to sleep better:
Be Sure to Swaddle
Swaddling can be a sanity saver, and can be the single smallest thing that makes the biggest difference in how your baby sleeps. At first, I was convinced that swaddling was nothing more than another way to sell a blanket to consumers, until I found a swaddle with a built in Velcro! It is a complete game changer and completely idiot proof.
Eat, Sleep and Repeat!
Nothing will assure a baby sleeping longer than a full belly. Digestion diverts blood and energy to the stomach, which makes for a sleepy head! Also, feeding your baby before he falls asleep will ensure he won’t wake up hungry.
Keep in mind that if your baby could speak, she would probably have an opinion about the thermostat like everyone else. The ideal temperature for an infant’s sleep is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Parents magazine.
If you’re unsure how to keep your baby cozy, try to invest in a monitor that will keep track of the temperature in the nursery.
Try Giving your Baby Gripe Water
Gripe water will soothe your child if he’s fussy because of colic, indigestion, gas, or even teething issues. It’s all natural and contains helpful organic ingredients like ginger.
Be Sure to Look for Signals that your Baby is Tired
Yawning, rubbing eyes, nodding off, and becoming cranky are all good indications that your baby is ready to lay down! When your sweetheart starts giving you signals that he is sleepy, don’t hesitate to put him down.
Letting your child learn to self-soothe is a good habit to instill. You don’t want your child to be too dependent on you to fall asleep, or you may never sleep again!
Keep the Noise Levels Normal
The last thing you want to do is raise a sensitive sleeper! I’m not saying it’s wise to practice the drums while your baby is trying to nap, but you definitely want to go about routine activities so your child will grow accustomed to a little noise.
If you have to do extra noisy activities, like entertain visitors, run the washer and dryer, or be on a conference call for work – you may find that running a white noise machine is a wonderful back up solution.
Stick to the Routine
Every sleep-training book will tell you that your baby needs a routine and the sooner you establish one, the better! For example, if you give your baby a bath, feed him, and then sing certain lullabies before bed — he’ll hear certain songs and subconsciously prepare for sleep!
Make Sure the Environment is Well Suited to Sleep
It might be tempting to let your baby fall asleep next to your bed and with the television on, but this won’t do either of you any favors. Make sure that when it’s bedtime you turn off the lights, the sounds, and anything else that may be distracting or attractive to your baby.
Additionally, you should have solid curtains that keep a majority of street lights out, and comfortable and safe bedding for your baby (just a fitted crib sheet pulled over the mattress).
Cut Back on the Sugar
Refrain from giving your little one anything with sugar four to six hours before bedtime. If you have someone in your life that gives your child a lot of sugar, like your parents, or husband — make sure they’re on board with you so that no one deviates from the plan and your baby knows what to expect.
Put Baby in the Right Clothing
Be mindful of what your baby is wearing at bedtime. Sometimes we may put our sleeping child down, not realizing that what he is wearing may wake him up quickly.
Certain sized clothing or fabric could agitate the baby’s skin and disturb his sleep! Loosen up baby’s clothes so that he has the best night of sleep imaginable, but be careful not to loosen up anything too much so that it poses a safety risk.
Have the Right Crib Mattress
It’s so important that your baby have the right crib mattress. It needs to be made of the right materials, be hypoallergenic, and the correct size so that baby is safe.
It also needs to be high-quality, because your baby will be spending so much time there. If you’re unsure where your crib mattress ranks you can check out the best and worst crib mattresses of 2017, from the sleep advisor.
By following these simple tips, and by avoiding the common baby sleep mistakes that many make, you’ll have your baby sleeping like a baby on a consistent schedule.