Helping Your Newborn Fall Asleep
Whether you’re new parents or old at the game, getting an infant to sleep can be one of the hardest things you will face. Both you and the baby need sleep, so you can’t let him scream and cry all night. You also want to make sure your baby knows they are loved and cared about even from an early age. Here are eight tips to help you get your fussy baby to sleep.
Hum to Him
Although it is one of the oldest methods talked about and sometimes even laughed at, humming to your baby can really help calm him down. Hold him close and let him feel the vibrations your body makes when you are singing or humming him a lullaby. Both the sound of your voice and gentle moving of your body can quiet him as well as put him to sleep.
Give Him a Pacifier
Often when a baby cries, one of the first questions asked is if he is hungry. Over-feeding can actually be a reason as to why he isn’t falling asleep. Since he most likely isn’t looking for food, he may be looking for something to suck on. This is a natural feeling for an infant, and a good pacifier may be all he needs to help him calm down.
Set the Room Up
Making sure the nursery or room where your baby will be sleeping is very important when trying to put your baby to sleep. If you want to create a certain environment, you might want to consider having some type of noise machine that can help drown everything out. You should also make sure the lighting is not too bright but will put your baby at ease.
Move Around With Him
Most moms know that their baby can hear everything that is happening, even while in the womb. What they don’t think about though, is that the baby is also used to somewhat constant movement. Whether the mom was sitting down, standing, up, or just walking around, the baby was going with her. Because of this, babies often liked to be rocked, swayed, or bounced to help them relax. No matter what you do, movement can really help soothe your baby and put him to sleep.
Watch for the Signs
Just like an adult gets tired, your baby will too. They can often become fussy and irritable when their small body is craving some much needed sleep and rest. Look for the telltale signs that your baby is ready for bed even before you think they are. Droopy eyes and a disengaged countenance are just a few of the signs.
Swaddle Him Up
While it’s easy to learn how to do, swaddling your baby is a lesson you don’t want to miss. After being wrapped in the womb for so long, most babies want to be wrapped up as tight and cozy as possible. The blanket is also important for swaddling. Something soft and warm like fleece fabric is a great choice for helping put your baby to sleep.
Let Him Feel Your Touch
The power of touch should never be underestimated when it comes to helping your baby fall asleep. They may just be looking for some extra attention that can only be fulfilled through touch. Your baby knows who you are as well as the people who love him most in the world. This could be the difference in what helps him relax or not.
Stick to a Routine
Once you find out what works best for getting your baby to sleep each night, try not to stray away from that as much as possible. While it may take you several steps, the good night's sleep your baby will get is worth it. As you do the same thing every night, your baby will begin to know what to expect and what he can depend on. When you switch things up, you create unfamiliar anxiety that your infant doesn’t know how to process.
Sleep is important for all people, both infants, and adults alike. If you find yourself with a crying baby every night, trying to do some of these tips to see if they can help.