There are many factors that contribute to how long your little human sleeps at night. If you baby keeps waking up at short intervals, these tips will help!
Several factor influence how well your baby sleeps at night. Some of those factors are within your control such as how well fed they are, the room temperature, dimming the lights at night, day time sleep routine, multiple napping during the day while others are baby-specific, based on their age, size and developmental milestone.
The shorter your baby sleeps, the more awake and tired you as the mother gets. However, it is important to establish the fact that the newborn stage does require multiple waking at night to feed. Usually 2 hours interval on the average in the first 2-3 weeks.
Common Factors That Contribute To How Well Your Baby Sleeps.
Napping is easily the biggest contributing factor in how your baby sleeps at night. If a baby sleeps too much during the day, that baby will most likely be up partying all night long and if a baby doesn’t sleep enough during the day, it can result in the baby getting overtired, cranky, and unsettled at night. Night sleep and day sleep are so connected that a balance in how much sleep they get during the day can immediately improve how well they sleep at night. Establish a daytime sleep routine.
2. Room Temperature
The room shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. If the weather isn’t conducive, that baby isn’t sleeping. Keep the room temperature cool and sleep friendly.
A fed baby is a happy baby, an hungry baby is an angry baby. Make sure your baby feeds well during the day and more importantly, before bedtime to give them long stretches of sleep at night.
Ideal Sleep Conditions For Babies
1. Have a bedtime routine
Bedtime routines help them wind down for the day. It could be night shower or reading a storybook or even singing a lullaby. Make it a daily routine so your baby can attach that routine to bedtime.
2. Make sure they are bedtime ready
Well fed, diapers changed, burped, and sleep ready.
3. Dim the lights
After napping, the second most common reason why babies don’t sleep well at night is because they mix up day and night. If they can’t tell a tangible difference between what day time looks like and what night looks like, they most likely will mix them up. This is why you need to open the curtain during the day to light light in while you dim the light at night. This helps them understand it’s bedtime once the light goes dim.
4. Play white noise
White noise is settling for babies. It’s the sound that comes from your Air Conditioner or Hair Dryer when it’s on. You can also just search on YouTube for white noise and play it close to your baby.
5. Swaddle your baby (newborns that are not rolling yet)
Mimic the womb and help your newborn settle and sleep better with swaddling. To swaddle, spread your baby’s blanket out flat on the bed, with one corner folded down. Place your baby face-up on the blanket, with her head above the folded corner. Straighten her left arm, and then wrap the left corner of the blanket over her body and tuck it between her right arm and the right side of her body.
Now that you know how to help your baby sleep better at night, Also Read:4 Ways You Are Ruining Baby’s Sleep Without Knowing It