Tired and frustrated because you are unable to sleep at night because of your baby? You will completely agree with me when I say that getting more sleep tops the wish list of the majority of new parents. The same was revealed in a survey conducted by BabyCenter, in which new parents placed sleep as one of the most sought after possession, even before money or time. It has been seen that fatigued mothers who do not get enough sleep at night because of their baby experience irritation, frustration, lack of communication with their spouse as well as inability to focus at work.
So, here are some simple solutions which you can try out if your baby is keeping you awake at night:
- Maintain a regular sleeping schedule: Make sure that your baby is put to bed more or less at the same time every night. For a baby, complete sleep means around 14 to 18 hours of sleep and this includes naps. Although it is a bitter truth, you have to accept that your baby rarely sleeps the complete night through the initial few months. To be more specific, newborns need 8 to 9 hours of sleep in the day in many small naps, along with 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night. Again for kids aged 1 year to 2 years, the total sleep requirement is 13 to 14 hours including a couple of daytime naps along with 11 hours of sleep at night.
- Try our white noise: Now what is that, you might ask. Well, the correct type of white noise has a comfortable blend of high and low pitched sounds. This helps to generate a soothing reflex that ultimately leads to better sleep.
- Make room for self-comforting: By this I mean that when your baby cries, allow him to continue crying a bit so that the baby learns how to soothe on his own and get back to sleep. I have seen a number of mothers who rush to their crying babies only to find out that the babies are crying simply to have a look at their mothers. If this becomes a habit, in the long run, neither the mothers nor the babies would get adequate rest.
- Follow a healthy routine at daytime: Every activity you engage in during the daytime has a considerable impact on how the baby sleeps at night. Remember that your baby must get proper amount of nutrition and sunlight during the day.
- Build a bedtime schedule: Switch off the light around an hour prior to the actual bedtime. This helps in the activation of the sleep hormone within the brain. Making the baby slip into bedtime clothes, singing a soft lullaby and reading bedtime storybook will help your child expect certain usual nighttime things that indicate that he should sleep.
- Shape the baby’s sleeping habits: Your child might fall asleep in your arms. But it is your responsibility to wake him up before you place him on the bed for the night’s sleep. Experts opine that this stimulates the baby to go to sleep on his own.