Sunday, November 19, 2006

Top 10 Tips to Help Baby Get to Sleep

One of the necessities of parenthood is to find ways to get your baby to go to sleep. A baby that has been awake too long is often a restless baby-and one that might keep you up as well. If you are a new parent at your wit's end about how to get your child off to dreamland, here are some tips to help you get through those wakeful nights:

Limit Daytime Sleep
It is critically important that your newborn does not get too much sleep during the daytime. Otherwise, he or she might have real trouble getting to sleep at night.

Keep the Room Dark
Make sure that the room that your child is trying to get to sleep in is sufficiently dark. Otherwise, it might be difficult for your baby to relax.

Consider Nursing Your Baby to Sleep
This is a tried-and-true way to help your child drift off. A full tummy does wonders...

Sing a Lullaby
The traditional bedtime lullaby may be just what your baby needs to get to sleep. The soothing sound of your voice is often just what baby needs.

Place a Teddy Bear Inside the Baby Crib
With a companion by his or her side, your baby might be more likely to get some shut-eye.
Consider Co-Sleeping

It may be much easier for your baby to get to sleep if you are lying right along side. This helps baby feel comforted. While such a sleeping arrangement may take some getting used to, it can be quite comfortable for both you and baby.

Give Your Baby a Bath
A bath can be incredibly soothing for a young child-so take advantage of it. The warmth can help relax them, and, especially with the advent of the baby seats for the bath, can help relax you too!

Rock Your Baby
Cradle your baby in your arms, sit down in an old-fashioned rocking chair, and try rocking your newborn to sleep. It may be old-fashioned-but it works!

Avoid Solids
If your baby is a little older and is already eating solids, try to avoid serving him or her that helping of sweet potatoes right before bed.

Establish a Bedtime Routine
Experts say such a routine relaxes a child and prepares him or her for bedtime. You can start such a routine quite early in your baby's life. That way, he or she will know what to expect right before it's time to go to sleep.

Article by: Michelle O'Connor, Maternity Insurance

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