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12 Tips To Get Your Baby To Sleep
Getting a baby to adjust to a normal sleep schedule can be a challenge for new parents. Below you will find a series of tips that should help you get your baby into a proper sleep pattern and allow you to get your own night time back. However, parents should keep in mind that no recommendations about a baby's sleep should be viewed as a hard-and-fast rule as every precious little bundle is different and should be treated so. Sleeping, like eating, is not a state you can force a baby into but rather one you should try to build into a routine.
· For the first 2-3 months your baby needs to wake up to eat but some babies jerk themselves and wake up before they are ready to eat. If this happens, try ignoring your baby for a short while to see if they fall back to sleep naturally.
· After the first few weeks, start to encourage nighttime baby sleep patterns if your baby is awake a lot at night and sleeps much of the day.
· Newborn babies need 21 hours sleep a day and children from six months to two years of age need at least 12 hours sleep. Sleep is just as important to a child's health as a nutritious meal.
· Babies that are breast-fed are more likely to wake at night than those bottle-fed.
· Babies need a routine and to follow sleep patterns.
· Babies are usually more soothed and calmed by a male's deeper speech, and can fall asleep more smoothly upon hearing it for some time.
· Babies that spend a lot of time in the arms of their mothers are generally more relaxed and sleep better.
· Babies are little creatures of habit too and a sleep schedule lets them know that bedtime is coming and it's time for sleep.
· Try using a Baby Soother as an effective background noise to cover other sources of sound that may wake the baby.
· If you have been co-sleeping, rocking/nursing to sleep and/or holding your baby while s/he sleeps in order to get your child to sleep, you need to stop this habit. By doing this you are instilling a belief in your baby that they will be sleeping with you all the time and you will have real trouble getting your baby to sleep on their own. In order to break this habit, put your baby to bed and leave the room. No matter how much they cry, do not return to comfort them immediately. Instead, wait 5 minutes the first time and then gradually increase this time. You will soon find after a week or two that your baby will be happy to sleep on their own.
· Bedtime routines can become cues that help even tiny babies wind down and become conditioned to fall asleep. Bedtime and naptime have to be non-negotiable.
· One thing you should consider when trying to get your newborn to sleep better at night is what his feeding habits are.
One of the keys to getting a more peaceful night is to understand that you should be developing a long-term goal, in terms of your baby's sleep. Whilst testing different strategies to get your baby to sleep, as with most aspects of parenting, you are sure to come across a wide variety of opinions about your baby’s sleep. Try to stick with the strategies that work for you.
Newborn babies usually sleep 14 to 20 hours a day, a three month old sleeps for about 15 hours and a one year old sleeps 13 to 14 hours usually at night. Newborns simply don't know how to transition from being awake to being asleep, and it may require much patience on the part of the parents.
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