Many parents struggle with getting their children to sleep at some point or another. Often it starts when your child is an infant and refuses to sleep throughout the night. That’s why it’s so important to establish good sleep habits at an early age which will make it easier to settle into a sleep routine you can stick with. A baby with good sleep habits will become a toddler with good sleep habits and parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they’ll have an easy time getting their toddlers to sleep.
1. Soothe your baby
Infants under 3 months usually need to be soothed to sleep, whether by rocking or swaddling. Even a white noise machine or a fan that makes a rhythmic noise can be very soothing. Figure out what is soothing to your child and make this a part of their sleep routine.
When trying to create a sleep routine, consistency is key. The routine should be predictable each night so your child knows all the cues and naturally will start to become sleepy at the start of the routine. The routine can include a feeding, bath, and story – and hopefully, your child will be drifting off to sleep before the story even ends.
3. Encourage naps
Naps are essential for your child’s development and to prevent him or her from becoming cranky or overtired during the day. It is more difficult to fall asleep when you are overtired so look for signs that your child is getting tired and take those cues to mean it’s time for a nap. Signs can include rubbing their eyes, getting fussy, or constant yawning.
4. Plan quiet time
It’s recommended that your child have at least 1 hour of quiet time before going to bed each night. During this time they can read, or listen to soft music, take a bath, etc. They should stay away from watching TV or playing games, which will make it harder for them to fall asleep.
5. Sleeping independently
By a certain age, your child will need to learn how to fall asleep independently. Usually by three months of age this is recommended so that your child will always be able to fall asleep quickly at night and during naptime. If baby startles awake at night, she needs to learn how to self-soothe so she can fall back to sleep on her own. The earlier you start this process, the better it will be to prevent sleep problems from getting worse.
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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