5 tips to a better night’s sleep for you and your baby

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As any parent of young children would attest, a good night’s sleep is a rare luxury!

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Here are 5 simple and practical tips to help babies (and parents!) get a good night’s rest.

  1. Stay flexible when putting baby to sleep

No single approach will work with all babies all the time or even all the time with the same baby. Don’t persist with a failing experiment. Be open to trying different night time approaches. Follow your heart rather than some stranger’s sleep-training advice, and you and your baby will eventually work out the right night time parenting style for your family.

  1. Decide where baby sleeps best

There is no right or wrong place for babies to sleep. Wherever all family members sleep the best is the right arrangement for you and your baby. Realistically, most parents use various sleeping arrangements at various stages during the infant’s first two years. Be open to changing styles as baby’s developmental needs and your family situation changes

  1. Consistent bedtimes and rituals

Babies who enjoy consistent bedtimes and familiar going-to-sleep rituals usually go to sleep easier and stay asleep longer. Yet, because of modern lifestyles, consistent and early bedtimes are not as common, or realistic, as they used to be. Familiar bedtime rituals set the baby up for sleep. The sequence of a warm bath, rocking, nursing, lullabies, etc. set the baby up to feel that sleep is expected to follow.

  1. Check for irritating sleepwear

Some babies cannot settle in synthetic sleepwear, so if your child is restless their sleepwear could be the reason. Besides being restless, some babies show skin allergies to new clothing, detergents and fabric softeners by breaking out in a rash. Try dressing them differently and see if it helps.

  1. Create the right bedroom temperature and humidity

Just like their parents, a baby will find it hard to sleep if the climate in the room is uncomfortable. A consistent bedroom temperature of around 21 degrees Celsius is preferable. Also, a relative humidity of around 50 percent is most conducive to sleep. Dry air may leave baby with a stuffy nose that awakens him. Yet, too high a humidity fosters allergy-producing moulds

Remember that sleep is not a state you can force your baby into. Sleep must naturally overtake your baby. Your night time parenting role is to set the conditions that make sleep attractive and to present cues that suggest to baby that sleep is expected.

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