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The Twilight Zone
Sleep Strategies for Your Little One

Remember pre-baby sleep? Yeah, you won’t be back to those days anytime soon. But you can use these tips to help your baby sleep more soundly.

 

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The Twilight Zone
Sleep Strategies for Your Little One

Remember pre-baby sleep? Yeah, you won’t be back to those days anytime soon. But you can use these tips to help your baby sleep more soundly.

As
a new parent you’ll soon learn that sleep time is precious time. It
would be nice if when babies arrived they adjusted to your sleep
schedule, however, that is not the case—you have to train them to
semi-adjust to yours. Don’t expect them to change overnight because
they can be some stubborn creatures! I remember waking up in the middle
of the night to the loud cry of my baby. I would jump out of bed, tend
to the baby and try to return to sleep. As a result of always holding
the baby when it was sleeping during the day, she became accustomed to
sleeping in someone’s arms instead of her bed. Just like feeding and
bathing, it’s important to come up with a sleep strategy so that you,
baby, and daddy can get some rest.

 

The
key to a goodnight’s rest is routine, routine, routine—it’s the number
one sleep strategy recommended by sleep experts. Babies are usually
tired at night; however, they want to fall asleep on their own terms,
not ours. Put your baby to sleep at the same time every night. You
should schedule a routine of a bath, a book/singing, nursing or a
bottle every night to prepare your baby for bedtime. Place your baby in
its bed drowsy, but awake so the little one doesn’t become dependent
upon falling asleep in your arms.

 

Once
you’ve put your baby in its bed, turn on the monitor and leave the
room. If the baby cries, do not rush back into the room. If your baby
has a hard time settling in, try making light noise—believe it or not,
the baby is used to noise from when it was in your womb. Lastly, create
a comfortable temperature in the room. Remember, what’s comfortable for
you may not be for the baby. Babies tend to like the room cooler around
65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you develop a classic routine, putting
the baby to sleep will be a bonding experience—and a breeze!

 

 
   

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