It is indeed a great task to put your baby to sleep at night especially if your motherhood is just weeks old. It is almost the very first challenge every woman goes through after being a mom. Particularly if you have to be at your office the next morning. The task is indeed indomitable! No worries, we bring you these awesome tips to avoid all the common mistakes!
There is no set pattern for sleep
Understanding your new born is the most important thing for a mother. There is no set pattern for babies when it comes to sleeping habits. Waking up at night is normal during the first 6 months. The biggest reason for this is their hunger pangs. Yes! They feel hungry at short intervals until they are at least three or four months old. Moreover, the baby does not realize night and day time. So, you should always set your expectations on a limited level and try to understand their needs.
Purposefully delaying your baby’s sleep?
We understand there is nothing as cute as a new born baby. You always want to spend more time with them especially if 9 hours of your day is spent in the office. But don’t get tempted to keep your baby awake for a longer time. It would eventually make your baby flake out. Some moms keep their babies awake so that both of them can have common sleeping hours. This is a good strategy for a few days but in the long run, you are giving your baby a hard time. A baby has its own biological clock and you must not alter it according to your needs and schedule.
Don’t just rely on motions
Babies tend to fall asleep when they travel in a car or while lying on a swing. But relying on a motion for every nap can be dangerous. Imagine it’s 3 AM and your baby is not sleeping and you have to pull out your car. Not a great idea! Relying on motion every time will give a bad habit to your baby. It’s fine to use motion to soothe your baby if it is upset. But remember, don’t make it a part of his regular bedtime routine.
Keep the environment cozy
A soothing atmosphere is great for a baby’s health. So maintain the room temperature, neither too hot nor too cold. Lighting of the room shouldn’t be harsh either and there should be sufficient sunlight pouring in so that the baby knows the day and night difference. It is better to sleep in a dark room so that no light makes them finicky.