It can often seem like baby will sleep anywhere but where you’d like them to sleep. In this post, we take a look at how to get baby to sleep.
The situation is all too familiar, you’ve spent hours researching the best cribs online. You’ve found the perfect baby crib mattress and you’ve spent time pulling it all together.
Then it turns out that baby won’t sleep in the crib.
With all the tips below, the most important thing to keep in mind is that perseverance is king. Getting your newborn to sleep in a crib isn’t going to happen overnight but if you keep at it, you’re going to succeed.
So tip number one, keep the nursery just for sleep. This means no toys, no play mats and no distractions around the crib.
Letting baby play and sleep in the same room sends mixed signals to baby – is it a playroom or is it a bed?
If you can, make clear distinctions between space to play and place to sleep.
Letting baby become your new roommate is no bad thing, in fact, both the American Academy of Pediatric and the NHS recommend that for the first six months, you let baby sleep in your room as it can help baby sleep longer, encorage breastfeeding and reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
While this won’t work for every baby, swaddling can help baby sleep deeper and longer. As we say, this won’t work for every little one but it’s certainly worth a go!
While it can be tempting to wrap your little one up when putting them into their crib, doing so can be detrimental to them getting a good night’s sleep.
See, your little one will sleep best when there is a consistently cool temperature in the room. Usually, baby will sleep best when the room is kept between 69 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
There’s a science to baby sleep but one helpful tip is to avoid putting the crib indirectly under a window or next to a radiator. The temperature changes will make baby restless.
While using white noise machines to help baby sleep is a relatively new invention, mothers have been using white noise for years!
My own momma use to leave the hairdryer running to help me get to sleep when I was younger.
The idea is that the white noise emitted from the machines helps cancel out the noise from the street by playing a constant sound. After a few attempts, baby will begin to associate this with sleep and so the white noise machine then acts as a sleep aid.
There’s also speculation that white noise helps remind baby of the comforts of the womb which in turn, helps them feel reassured and safe – letting them drift off to sleep with greater ease.
If you do use a white noise machine, always put it on the very lowest setting and put it in the furthest away corner so that it doesn’t damage babies hearing.
Ever one of us on this planet has an inbuilt, basic alarm clock – light signals that we should be awake while darkness signals that we should be asleep (whether we listen to it or not is another matter).
Baby is no different, if your little one detects light mid-slumber, this can cause them to wake from their nap.
Blackout blinds are worth their weight in gold during the summer as they will keep baby sleeping longer.
It’s also worth removing night lights from the room as these can cause disturbed sleep patterns.
It may break your heart but one of the worse things that you can do when sleep training your little one is to pick them up and fuss them. Baby needs to learn how to fall asleep all by themselves which can’t happen if you or your partner are there the second that baby starts crying. Good sleep training is worth it but it’s certainly not easy.
For the first six months of life, baby will be sleeping in your room. After that, it’s time to give baby some space and put them in their own room.
Don’t worry though, this isn’t a fixed in the diary deadline, in fact – putting them straight into their own room is a terrible idea.
Here’s what you should do instead:
Once you feel baby is ready for their own room, commit to putting your newborn to sleep in a crib once a day.
This way, both you and baby will get used to sleeping separately and waking to find that the other isn’t there. Once one nap a day feels comfortable, slowly build up until all sleeping is done in their room without momma sleeping next to them.
So there you have it, hopefully, you should now have a better idea of how to get baby to sleep.