Anyone with children or newborns know that one of the most difficult things about parenting is preparing your child or baby for bedtime. You spend hours walking around in circles, bouncing the baby and praying that he or she will fall asleep in the near future. For new parents it’s tricky trying to figure out the best method to use when putting your child or newborn to sleep. Here are few things you can do and see if it works for you!
Put your baby to bed when he or she is tired but not fully asleep
- This method is mainly for those who aren’t co-sleeping, in other words parents who want their baby to learn how to sleep on their own without needing you. If you put the baby to sleep when she is drowsy and let her fall asleep on her own, without you rubbing her back or soothing her to sleep, then she may develop the habit of falling asleep without your constant presence. Some babies need more reassurance, and the constant comfort from their parents, so this may not work for all babies.
Consistent bedtime schedule and rituals
- This will help give your child clues that it is bedtime. At this age, children can’t tell time so they go by what they see. Every night set a routine. For example, you can feed your child dinner, give them a bath, dress them in their pajamas, then once they’re in bed you read them a bedtime story or sing them a lullaby until they go to sleep then they will sleep easier and longer.
Make their bed with less objects
- Too many toys can be distracting! Limit the amount of toys, pillows, and blankets so the child has room to move. Too many objects on the bed may cause the child to be uncomfortable. Try keeping their bed to a minimum. You can even try removing their toys and putting it away so the child differentiates between daytime and sleep time!
Reduce stress levels for both parents and child
- As mentioned above, going to bed should be at ease. Having too many activities or tasks right before bed may cause stress levels for both parents and the children. Schedule your night ahead of time so you have ease going into bed! Everyone will start going to sleep in a healthy way. Make sure all the lights off before they sleep or have a small night light that isn’t too distracting!
By the end of the day, each parent’s skill set is different! If you get your child used to a variety of sleeping methods then you have more room to breathe. Do what you think is best for your peace of mind and your child’s well-being! Have any other sleeping tips? Comment below and let us know what you think!