It can be a real struggle getting the baby to fall asleep at night. Not getting enough sleep at night can be annoying for both you and your baby and can increase your risk of depression, so it becomes even more important to find a solution.
Babies are usually asleep through more than half of the day, (16 hours of sleep a day) usually broken down into intervals of 2-3 hours of sleep. They have relatively tiny stomachs and can only take so much at a time, thus the shorter sleep time. But as the baby grows older, typically from 4 months, their sleep time may increase.
Here are some tips that can help your baby sleep.
Adopt a sleep routine
Babies may find it difficult to differentiate between night and day, making it affect the way they sleep. It's now up to you to help them manage this difference. Adopt a day time routine that is fun and full of activity and a quiet and calm night time routine to let her know it's time for bed.
Understand baby sleep cues
Understanding your baby's sleep cues will help you manage sleep time better by adjusting sleeping schedule to fit the needs of your baby. Take note of typical baby sleep cues like eye rubbing, facial grimace, yawning & clenched fists, to identify when your little one is ready to sleep.
Allow them learn to fall asleep
By encouraging a good sleeping habit, you help your baby learn how to fall asleep on her own. Put her on the bed on her back, while drowsy and not when she's already asleep. This will help your munchkin associate the bed with sleep. This also helps your little one stay calm when they awake by not being confused about where they are.
Adopt the Eat Wake Sleep Cycle
The EWS cycle is a routine that will help your baby get the optimum amount of sleep and food needed. The routine typically involves adding wake time in between sleep and eat time, ultimately preventing your child from associating feed time with sleep time. After feeding him, engage in some play with him to allow your little one to drain some of the energy gathered before sleep time. Then continue the circle. This routine makes it easier for you to predict your baby's sleep time, thus making it easier for to you plan accordingly.
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Don't rush to soothe
When the baby wakes up at night (which also happens with adults) and you are sure it's not because of hunger, give her sometime to sooth herself, and fall back to sleep. If the crying doesn't stop, check on your baby and talk to her with soothing words. This should help her ease back to sleep.