Baby sleep help 1: Choose an early bedtime
Baby sleep help, starting with an early bedtime for a child is crucial to a good night’s sleep. When babies and young children are overtired, they may have more difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep and will often wake too early in the morning. While many parents think that keeping a child up later at night is best. It is actually the early bedtime that will lead to a more restful sleep and a later waking in the morning.
Baby sleep help 2: Practice napping
The better a child is able to nap during the day, the better they will sleep at night. They will be less likely to be overtired at bedtime. A good nap lasts at least one hour (shorter naps are common during baby’s first 6 months). It should be in a quiet, sedentary location, versus in a pram or car, which is not nearly as restorative.
Baby sleep help 3: Create a bedtime routine
Help get your child into a routine in the evening. Routine is really important to babies and toddlers. When they know what to expect at bedtime, it makes it easier for them to make the transition from waking to sleeping – and that’s why creating a bedtime routine is so important! Try and keep it under 40 minutes if you can. This is better to help them develop a memory for sleep.
Baby sleep help 4: Put your baby to bed AWAKE!
If you’ve been rocking, nursing, or otherwise soothing your baby to sleep, this is going to seem like a tough one… It’s only by letting your baby fall asleep WITHOUT your help at bedtime that he or she can learn the skills necessary to stay asleep through the night. Practice this, starting with one nap a day and then build on it.
Baby sleep help 5: Night feeds and your baby
Through the first 8 months, it is considered normal for babies to eat one or two times overnight. Some babies stop much sooner on their own accord or with just a little help. If a baby is eating more frequently than that or she is older than nine months, you may want to consider cutting back (or cutting out) feeds. All babies are different and experts disagree as to when overnight feeding should stop. You know your baby best and so will be able to judge this. Alongside the support of your health visitor or paediatrician.
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that every child is a little different. My job is to work alongside families providing baby sleep help using tailor made plans. If you would like baby sleep help specific to your child, send me a message. I offer a free initial consultation. I look forward to hearing from you!