Most parents want to know how to make baby sleep. It is not difficult to establish a bedtime routine, and solve sleeping problems before they occur.
First, make sure your child is in a comfortable, safe environment. The room he sleeps in should be an appropriate temperature for sleeping, without any drafts or distractions. Eliminate unnecessary noise whenever possible. If he hears noise it can frighten him, stop him from falling asleep, or wake him in the middle of the night. His room should also be clean and tidy.
Second, consistency is the key to a successful bedtime routine. It will help your baby feel secure, and can prevent sleeping problems. One of the most important factors is a regular bedtime. Inconsistent bedtimes can cause a baby to feel anxious, not know what to expect, and have trouble sleeping. Choose an appropriate time for him to go to bed, and do not change the time unless it is unavoidable.
In addition to a bedtime, knowing what to expect can lead to a greater sense of security and prepare him for sleep. While every parent and child is unique, there are some bedtime preparations that can be effective. If you give your baby a nice warm bath each night, it can have a soothing, calming effect. A clean, fresh pair of pajamas or nightshirt will let him know he is preparing for bed. When he has the same routine every night, he will always know what to expect.
The quality time you spend with your baby during his bedtime routines can make a difference. While you can play soft music, Mom or Dad's voice can have a better effect on the baby. Whether you sing to him or read him a story, it does not matter if he cannot understand the words. He will know you are present, and he will be soothed and comforted. He may even drift off to sleep before you are finished.
Swaddling blankets help your your newborn to sleep and can be very beneficial. Many people wonder if they can ever swaddle their baby like the nurses did at the hospital.
When you establish bedtime routines during your baby's earliest days and weeks at home, it can accomplish more than preventing unnecessary sleeping problems. It can help him develop an overall sense of security, and lead to good health.
However, if a problem does occur that you need to solve, the smartest step to take is to determine the cause of the problem. Babies who have solid bedtime routines generally do not cry if they do not have a reason. He may be uncomfortable, or have a health issue that needs to be evaluated by his pediatrician. Anything from a draft you do not notice to a minor illness can interfere with his ability to sleep.
The habits you develop for your child during his earliest stage in life can benefit him throughout his growing-up years. Instead of bedtime being a stressful experience, it can be pleasant for both you and your child.
When bedtime routines result in a good night's sleep every night, your baby will be healthier, happier, and more secure. It will make bedtime a positive experience for you, too.