Getting your baby to fall (and stay) asleep can be extremely challenging and sleep-depriving for any parent. Here are some tips and products we spotted on Baby Center to help you and your little one get a good night sleep.
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- Establish a routine: Come up with three or four soothing activities to do every night before putting your baby to bed. We suggest reading a calming bedtime story, wrapping him/her up in a slightly warmed, soft bath towel and then rocking him/her to sleep in a glider or rocker. Giving your youngster a bath or singing a lullaby are other soothing activities you can try to get your little one dozing.
- Keep your baby snoozing: If you have a light sleeper, you’ll want to minimize the disturbances — such as going in and out of the room to check on them. A baby monitor can help you avoid going in to check on your baby unnecessarily. If you still get the urge to check, consider a fancier model that has features such as a thermometer and viewing screen to let you keep an eye one your baby from every room in the house. To keep everyday sounds from disturbing your infant’s slumber, a monotonous noise in the background such as a fan or humidifier can help drown out other sounds – some babies even find the repetitive sounds comforting. Also try sound machines that make noises such as ocean waves or crickets.
- Keep the temperature just right: We suggest keeping your baby’s room on the cooler side of a comfortable temperature and dressing your baby in clothes that provide adequate warmth without being covered by blankets or a comforter. If you think your baby is still cold, try a wearable blanket, designed to keep your baby warm but not overly confined. To ease the shock of a cold crib sheet, place a warm heating pad in the crib 20 minutes or so before bedtime to make sure the bed is nice and cozy warm.