A newborn baby can keep you awake all night. The baby will either be crying or just refuses to fall asleep. First time parents especially are usually at a loss of what to do to make their baby fall asleep.
If a nursing mum is not able to get enough rest, she will become stressed and this will interfere with her ability to produce enough breast milk for her newborn baby.
Let us look at some tips to help you and your baby sleep better
Tear free tips to help your newborn baby sleep
- Ensure your baby is well fed
Before contemplating to take your baby to sleep ensure that you have fed him or her. You can know whether your baby is hungry by placing your finger under their chin and if the baby tries to suck it, then baby is hungry.
- Establish a bedtime routine
Creating a solid routine before bedtime will help your baby know what to expect before bedtime. One can choose to give the baby a bath or a night kiss. This will signal to the child that this is the time to sleep.
- Gently rocking
When you notice
- Walk with your baby
When you notice your baby is sleepy but for so reason they are not falling asleep, gently place them on your should and walk around the house. The continuous movement will greatly help soothe the baby to sleep.
- Play music
Classical or slow music will have a soothing effect on the baby and make some babies respond to the sound and will find it soothing.
- Keep your baby active during the day
Create a playful and active environment for the baby when they are awake. Keeping your baby active during the day will make them exhausted thus the will catch sleep faster.
- Monitor and limit your baby’s sleep during the day
Fix a schedule for your baby’s daytime naps. Ensure that your baby does not sleep for long periods of time during the day so as she or he can get time for sleep during the night.
Tips Dad can use to put the newborn baby to sleep
- Neck nestling
Dads have a lower pitch and a higher vibration from their voice. This usually involves the baby snuggling his/her head into the space that is located between the jaw and chest of the parent. The parents jawbone drapes gently over the baby’s head and your voice box presses against the newborn baby’s head. The vibrations will go through the baby’s skull and singing a lullaby will help your baby to drift off to sleep.
- Drape your bare skin
Dress your newborn baby in some warm clothes then lace him/her baby over your bare chest. Put the baby in a position such that the baby’s ear is over your heartbeat. Your hear-beat rhythm combined with the chest rhythm as you are breathing and a bit of rhythmic patting on your baby’s back will help soothe the baby. This works well if done by the dad.
Crying is normal for newborn babies; do not get too alarmed when your baby cries. Mums associate a baby’s cry during the night to indigestion or stomach problems. This is not always so but if the crying persists contact your doctor.
A good night sleep is essential for the baby’s growth and mum’s peace of mind. Use the tips above to put your newborn baby to sleep.