Parenting is a beautiful feeling and to be a parent is even more wonderful. As soon as one gets the good news of becoming a parent, the couple starts planning for the baby. There are endless shopping lists, planning for the baby shower and discussions on how to bring up a child. The nine months are very crucial as there is a lot of care involved both for the soon going-to-be-mother and the unborn child.
The moment a child is born, his/her parents world changes forever. The transition from being a couple to becoming parents is a very wonderful feeling but it comes with a lot of responsibility. Every choice that one takes as a parent is important and it affects the child’s future. It is very vital for newly turned parents to weigh all their decisions properly. The most difficult part of parenting is to bring up a child, since a baby can’t tell what he/she is feeling; it becomes all the more challenging. A new routine of parents start when a baby is born and it includes waking up in the middle of the nights, changing diapers, putting a baby to sleep, feeding him/her, visits to the doctor and other routine chores.
When all this sounds challenging, just a smile of your tiny tot can make you forget all the labour you are putting in. There are various problems that come along with parenting like putting a baby to sleep. New born babies sleep for long hours, but at night they suddenly turn active and do not know that their parents need rest too. Sometimes they cry in the middle of the night and parents have to get up to put them back to sleep. There are many ways to get a baby to sleep and some of the easy ones are mentioned below.
1. Do Not Force the Child:
You need to understand that sleeping is similar to eating and you can’t force your child into it. The right thing to do will be to create a healthy environment for the baby to sleep. It is your responsibility to tell the child that sleeping is a pleasant state that repairs the body. Also the baby should know that it is not a fearful state to enter.
Many sleep problems in adult life come from childhood sleeping patterns. Invest time in teaching your baby that it is a restful stage and he/she will develop a healthy sleeping habit.
2. Be Flexible:
Stay flexible when it comes to night-time parenting. A single approach doesn’t work for all the babies. A lot of people may have advised you on how to put a baby to sleep, but it might not work for your tiny tot. Be open to try other methods and do not force your child to follow your style.
If you see that a certain style is not working for your kid, change it and try something else. Not everything works for every child.
3. Place Matters:
There is no definite place for a baby to sleep. Some kids like to sleep snuggled to their mothers while others sleep best in their own crib and some in-between their parents. Do not decide one definite place but see what is working best for your child. Decide the place in accordance to your family and needs.
4. Use Sleeping Associations:
The way you put a baby to sleep is the way the infant expects you to put them back to sleep when they awaken in the middle of the night. You can try different methods like being rocked to sleep, nursed to sleep, singing to sleep, and use tape recordings to put the child back to sleep. This method is called the parent-soothing method, where you rock, sing and put the baby back to sleep.
5. Daytime Practice:
A loving daytime is always beneficial for the baby to sleep better at night. The more attached you stay with your child and the more you hold him/her, the better he/she will sleep at night. If your baby is restless at night, try to look through the day and see whether you spent time playing or just carrying him/her around.
Many a times, a caregiver spends more time with the child and this leads to restless nights. Make sure you spend quality time with your little one and you both will have a good sleep at night.
6. Set Routine Naps:
Take small naps in between the day with your baby, doing this will make a routine for both you and the child to sleep on regular intervals and prepare him for the night. Pick out the time of the day when you are most tired and lie down with your tiny tot.
Small naps are known to increase memory power and also help the child to be active and sleep at longer intervals during the night.
7. Routine Bedtimes:
Babies who follow a routine bedtime, sleep better during the night. Parents who keep a consistent time for sleeping, help their child to sleep better. Parents who work do not have time for taking a nap with their kids and hence the child resists sleeping on-time. It is better to keep a fixed time for going to bed so that the body clock of the child is maintained.
8. Daytime Feeding:
Teach your baby that daytime is for eating and night is for sleeping. Feed him/her well during the day as this will result in a good sleep at night. Many growing toddlers do not eat well during the day and feel hungry at night. This does not let them sleep well. Parents should remember to feed the baby well during the day, preferably every three hours and if the baby wakes up in the middle of the night, then feed him/her well.
9. Dress for the Night:
Some babies like to sleep in a soft cotton blanket while older babies like to sleep loose. A baby who is not comfortable with his/her clothing will not be able to sleep better. See what works better for your child and dress him/her accordingly.