Here are some of the most practical and commonly used baby sleep solutions in alphabetical order:
1 – Avoiding Eye Contact with your Baby
In order to ensure that your baby falls asleep and you are also able to get the much needed respite, we bring to you some of the most authentic and pragmatic baby sleep solutions, tips, tricks and facts.
The last thing you would want to do at bedtime is to distract your baby. A lengthy and animated eye contact can really stimulate your baby so it is judicious to abstain from maintain a direct eye contact with your bundle of joy when helping him fall asleep or soothing him down when she gets up.
2 – Bath
Anyone can be comforted with nice warm water along with soft and delicate strokes with a massage cloth. Let go of the squirt toys and bring the background noise volume to the minimum to ensure that your bundle of joy gets the requisite sleeping environment.
3 – Co-sleeping
According to experts, babies who are brought up by their parents while co-sleeping tend to have higher self-esteem and less anxiety. You can accomplish co-sleeping by placing the co-sleeper or bassinet beside your bed. Sharing a bed is not at all recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
4 – Dreamfeed
Dreamfeed is a terminology created by Robert Bucknam, M.D., in his book titled “On Becoming Babywise”, that can be very handy if your baby wakes up in the middle of the night feeling hungry. It refers to a parent-directed, late-evening feeding session. Using this approach, the mother feeds her baby while she is asleep without waiting for her to get up. Experts are of the view that dreamfeed tends to fulfill sufficient appetite of the little one that lets him get some more sleep.
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5 – Empty the Crib
The baby’s sleep surface should be free of any thing including the blanket, pillows, sleep positioners and even stuffed toys. These things tend to exacerbate the risk of choking, suffocation and hence SIDS. There should be a fitted sheet on the mattress only while the warmth should be taken care of with the help of a baby sleep sack instead of a blanket.
6 – Fragrance
A couple of drops of natural lavender oil on a tissue placed beside the bed can induce sleep in majority of the little ones. However, despite the lavender and other oils being known for their relaxation and anti-anxiety qualities, their aroma is not all recommended for babies below the age of 6 months. So, if your baby has a sensitive skin or nose, then it is prudent to let go of the scented tissue and try out an aroma-free detergent when washing crib bedding to mitigate discomfort.
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7 – GERD
Some babies tend to have difficulty sleeping owing to the undetected Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) which is caused by a malfunctioning in the muscle where esophagus connects with the stomach. This results in fluids getting collected in the baby’s esophagus and hence causing pain. Spit ups, colic, wheezing, choking and feeding problems can be some of the symptoms. In such a scenario, you should surely contact your pediatrician.
8 – Hands-on
When you place your baby into the crib while he is sleeping, put your hands on the stomach, arms and heads of the little one to comfort her. It will lend a sense of security to the little fellow that his mother or father is near him.
9 – Ideal Bedtime
It becomes quite difficult for a baby who is overtired to fall asleep. Experts are of the opinion that the ideal bedtime for babies under one year of age is between 6:30PM and 7:00PM. Nancy M. Silva is a fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics and a certified pediatrician in Brandon, Florida. She believes that the ideal bedtime should be established while taking into account the parent’s work schedule and the baby’s requirement to spend some time with their parents. The adage, “early to bed and early to rise” does not really fit in here since a decent sleep at night often results in later wake up times.
10 – Jammies
Sleepy babies in their pajamas are a delight to watch but more often than not, babies with sensitive skins tend to undergo irritation with synthetic fibers which in turn disrupts sleep. Organic materials such as cotton should be preferred to avoid sensitivity. Moreover, you should remember that apparel of the baby that you are going to put him on while sleeping should not be flame retardant and fit snug on him according to a research published by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in the United States.
11 – Keeping Cool
Just like adults, infants also tend to sleep well in an environment where the temperature is appropriate for them. According to a research carried out by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the appropriate temperature in a baby’s room should be between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit since it contributes in reducing the probability of SIDS.
12 – Lights Out
You should switch off the lights of the baby’s room to let your bundle of joy learn that it is time for bed. Avoid using night lights and use dark curtain or blackout shades to replicate nighttime environment. When it is the time for the baby to get up, remove the curtains or blinds and switch on the lights to let her distinguish between the times to sleep and times to get up.
13 – Massage
According to a research conducted at the University of Miami Touch Research Institute, infants and toddlers who undergo a 15 minutes massage at bedtime, go to sleep quicker in contrast to those who are only read stories. So get the baby-safe oil bottle and give your little fellow a nice massage with soft strokes and gentle pressure.
14 – Naps
While naps tend to give you some much needed respite that can be used to take shower, go through your email, return phone calls etc., they are also significant for the mental and physical development of your bundle of joy. Do not prevent your baby from taking naps during the day in the hope that he will sleep well at night since the opposite is generally true in this case.
15 – Overnight Diapers
Wet diapers at night can be a bit of a concern for babies. If he manages to sleep through a wet diaper and he is not suffering a diaper rash, there is no need to wake him up. You can go for super absorbent overnight diapers and diaper cream to ensure that his skin remains safe and he is able to get a nice calm sleep.
16 – Pacifiers
According to researches, pacifiers tend to reduce the risk associated with choking and suffocation that can often lead to SIDS. Moreover, it will assist the little one in falling asleep. Here is a nice little trick for you: When you feel that your baby is sound asleep, gently unplug the pacifier from his mouth so that he does not get up when it falls out. Ensure that the binky you get him is smooth and soft so that he does not get hurt if he tumbles over it accidentally.
17 – Quirky Fixes
Nobody can say which approaches will work and which won’t. We are all familiar with parents trying out different innovative stuff in a bid to assist their beloved babies in falling asleep. There are instances of children who like to take a swing all through the night, while dads have been forced to drive around the street again and again and the mothers sitting on the clothes dryer cradling their little ones. We all have gone through this experience and it can get weird sometimes. Try out anything that you think will work best for you and for your baby until it is safe.
18 – Routines
Consistent routines can go a long way for the baby to learn when it’s time to get up and when it’s time to sleep. You may employ different techniques to help your baby fall asleep but consistency has to be at the core of all your efforts.
19 – Swaddling
Ever thought of making a baby burrito? Wrapping your baby in a comfortable blanket to replicate the warmth and comfort of your womb can be pretty difficult but if you are able to do it perfectly, there cannot be a better alternative than this approach.
20 – Telling a Story
The story doesn’t matter! Whether you read your little one Harry Potter or Twilight! All what matters is a nice comforting voice and it will go a long way in helping your bundle of joy fall asleep. In fact, it is always a great idea to read your baby bedtime stories throughout their childhood.
21- Understanding Cues
You should learn to comprehend the hints that your baby will drop from time to time when he gets tired. He may start rubbing his eyes, become whiny or begin to yawn. Some overtired babies get immensely fussy and make things a bit difficult for their parents. Try and understand the different cues left by your baby and you will be able to help him fall asleep with seamless ease.
22 – Voice
At the time of birth, your baby is already acquainted with your voice as his mother. Speaking to your baby in a hushed or gentle voice lets him drift easily into the dreamland since he gets the feeling that his mother is right beside him.
23 – White Noise
Silence is something that your baby might not be anticipating. In your womb, he is accustomed to listening to different noises such as a beating heart or stomach sounds. A white noise machine or a whirring fan can help some babies fall asleep.
24 – XOXO
When you cuddle and caress your little fellow, he gets the sensation of being safe and secure. It lets him go to sleep with remarkable ease.
25 – You are my sunshine
You can sing lullabies and other songs to soothe your little fellow since experts believe that singing tends to reduce the stress levels in babies and it can be a great way of helping them fall asleep.
26 – Zzz
I presume your baby must have fallen asleep by now! What’s the fuss about now? Stop talking and enjoy some silence!