That age old question that most new parents find themselves asking when they’re on the brink of insanity due to sleep deprivation: how do you make your baby sleep through the night?
There are many reasons why your baby struggles to have a restful night’s sleep but here are a few tips in helping them settle:
Let them fall asleep on their own. If you rock your baby or put them in their cot prematurely this could cause baby to feel emotionally unsettled as they’re not ready to rest and will fight it for as long as they can. When baby starts to feel sleepy, rock them and lay them on their back and let them fall asleep by themselves as calmly and relaxed as possible
Set a solid, short but simple bedtime routine so baby knows when it’s time to start calming down. Baths with lavender scented bubble bath could help as well as baby massage or a lullaby and reading of a short story.
Make sure the room baby sleeps in is fairly dark and at a perfect temperature, not to hot but not too cold. Let baby sleep with a blanket or comforter and make sure they’re fed and clean before being put down to sleep.
Daytime feeds should be a lively and sociable activity so baby knows that’s when they should be feeding and not during the night. It takes around 6 weeks for babies to fully develop a bedtime routine and this is largely helped by regulating their feeding pattern.