One of the biggest issues that you are going to struggle with as a new parent is getting your baby to stay asleep all through the night. This problem may in fact be around even when you are not so new to parenting anymore, and it can be rather exhausting. Imagine spending the entire day with your child and then not being able to sleep through the night either? Not very great right? So here are some ways in which you can try to get your little one to rest up a bit more at night.
Get the Settings Ready for Bed
One of the first things that you will have to do is to get your settings, as in the environment around you ready for bed. Dim out the lights, lower the volume of the music playing or reduce other noises and play some soft music that will encourage sleep. You can also go into the bedroom with the little one and lie down next to them. Try to keep calm and composed because your little one will react to your energy. Let them know that now is the time to rest. The calmer your surroundings are, the faster and better your child will fall asleep.
Keep Them Warm
During the colder months, make sure that you use high quality baby blankets to keep your little one warm through the night. Kids will wake up and start crying if they get the chills so make sure that you keep them well swaddled. Make sure that there is no cold draught coming into the room. The windows should be well locked and should be able to insulate the room. Choose the fabric of your baby’s clothing and bedding to suit the level of chill. If it is an extremely cold winter for example, you will need to go heavy duty but otherwise, you should be alright with your usual level of insulation.
Develop a Routine
The sooner you develop a routine, the better you will get some sleep. So try and fix on a routine from day one. Just like adults, babies have internal clocks too and once they get used to sleeping at a certain time, it will be easy for you to put them to sleep. If you do not adopt a routine, the sleeping patterns will be pretty much all over the place and your baby will not be able to fall soundly asleep through the night. Train your baby to get used to that routine as well slowly. If they are falling asleep too close to bed time you might want to keep them up till it is bedtime and then let them fall asleep. Although babies sleep for most of the day, they do tend to stay awake when they have already had a nap close to bedtime. There are many more ways to ensure that babies sleep through the night. Just don’t stress out too much and try these out and see how they work out for you.