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Tips for Better Baby Sleep

In the early stage of infancy, babies need the highest amount of sleep, which is often alternated between their times of feeding throughout the day, and when not followed or disrupted, cab make babies extra fussy to the point it becomes too difficult for them to fall asleep even when they want to. Although a newborn’s sleep pattern is often irregular and intermittent, which is why they are often wide awake at night or even in the hours past midnight when most people at home are in deep sleep, it does not change the need of their fragile, little bodies of up to 18 hours of total sleeping time so they feel properly rested and comfortable.

For mothers and caregivers however, caring for a baby can be far more tiring not only because of the up close care required at this stage, but also because they will often have to stay awake with their baby in the small hours even if this is when they need their rest the most. For new mothers, especially after child birth, having an assistant to help them care for their newborn particularly in the first few months will help to lessen the sleepless nights, although for mothers who have years of experience with previous children, the process can be much easier.

When it becomes challenging for parents to send babies to sleep during bedtime, it will help to start practicing routines for a relaxing sleep like doing massages for babies to calm them down, or engage them in activities in the morning perhaps by walking in the park or playing for a couple of hours to keep them active so they can sleep by themselves naturally once bedtime comes. Sounds with rhythm or playing a relaxing music can also help especially when babies find it difficult to sleep so long as it is not too noisy.

One of the things that mothers may also overlook is their own state of emotion when with their baby especially during bedtime, which babies will easily notice and feel right away, so coming to bed stressed may often make babies uncomfortable and fussy. To keep this from ruining baby’s bedtime, it will be helpful for mothers to stay mindful of their emotions and remember to relax once they hold their child, which they can do by winding down in a relaxing, warm bath or playing soft music before bedtime, and making sure to speak and breathe calmly when putting baby to sleep.

Once new parents get the hang of sending their baby to sleep in the most natural way possible, it also becomes easier for babies to eventually develop a normal sleep pattern and stop waking up in the middle of night as much as possible, which benefits both parents and their baby.