New parents are usually filled with joy after bringing a new baby into the world; it’s the most special event in your life, and no love compares to that for your own child. Still, after a few sleepless nights and tiring days, you start wondering what you can do to help your baby sleep better at night, so you can get the essential rest you need to properly care for your little one. Baby nurses, also often called night nurses, have plenty of tips and strategies to help your nighttime hours become more peaceful and restful for both parents and babies at your house.
Babies are new to the world we live in, and don’t know the difference between day and night. While waking and sleeping patterns will develop in the coming months, what do you do in those first months when it seems your baby wants to sleep all day and party all night? Here are a few helpful hints.
First, the obvious – make sure your baby has on a clean, dry diaper and comfortable sleepwear. 100% cotton clothing is much more comfortable to baby’s delicate skin than synthetic fabrics such as polyester.
Rocking, walking, feeding, swinging, and other transitional techniques. Babies don’t automatically transition from being awake to going sound asleep, so it’s important to use techniques that are relaxing and soothing. By rocking, walking, placing your baby in a baby swing for a few minutes, feeding, or nestling down by putting baby next to you until he/she falls asleep, it not only helps your baby go to sleep, but eventually will be a signal to your little one that it’s sleep time.
When it comes to bedtime, be consistent. Familiar, consistent rituals are important for helping your baby not only go to sleep, but sleep longer at a stretch. This may involve a warm bath, soft music, rocking/swinging, singing a lullaby, etc. Sticking to a routine is important for helping essentially “program” your baby to drift off to sleep.
The right sleeping environment. Keeping the bedroom dark with only the subtle light of a nightlight helps baby sleep more sound. It’s also important to keep the bedroom comfortable, around 70 degrees with a humidity level of about 50% to help prevent the stuffy nose that can develop as a result of dry air.
These are just a few suggestions for helping your baby sleep well at night so that the entire family can enjoy a better night’s rest. At Sleeping Angels, our baby nurses provide quality, loving care for your baby helping new parents adjust to new routines and schedules.