When you are about to become a new parent, most people will say that ‘It’s time for saying bye-bye to your sleeping hours’ or ‘Your cute baby will not spare you for long drives in the night.’ Well, these things are often avoided because the happiness of becoming a parent is over the moon.
When your cute little baby finally arrives, the saddest part is you have to face sleepless nights, and the solutions are minimal. It’s time to create a sleep training pattern for your baby. Sleep training is not easy; you need to invest some time and effort.
So without further, let’s discuss some tips for sleeping training that can help your baby sleep round the clock.
Think About The Sleep Routine At The Earliest
Infants are fond of routine, but they are never consistent, and you have to stay behind their back. You need to signal about their naptime and bedtime, especially when they are super busy with their toys. How will you establish the bedtime and naptime routines for your baby?
For naptimes, gentle lullabies and back running for around 10-15 minutes are enough. On the other hand, sleep time routines are challenging and time-consuming because it includes bathing, full feeding, massaging, and playing lullabies. The sleep time routine will be around 60-90 minutes, depending on the baby’s habits.
Try Full Feedings
When you start naptime and sleep time routines, you need to be more particular about your baby’s diet. Feeding times for an average baby is around 20-30 minutes. According to various studies, babies prefer consuming their meals while playing because full feedings are boring. Believe it or not, it’s tough for almost every baby to eat consistently, only for ten minutes.
Hence, you need to snuggle the baby in your arms and start feeding slowly and play lullabies in the background. Initially, your baby will struggle to adapt to ‘full feedings,’ but later, he/she will fall asleep within 15-20 minutes.
Here, this tip will only be successful when you’re staying consistent and following the routines with punctuality.
Never Change The Sleeping Environment Of Your Baby
Many new parents keep changing the sleeping environment of their baby for safety and convenience. When you stop changing the sleeping environment, your baby will fall asleep and wake up at the same place. It’s your responsibility to introduce your baby to the new sleeping environment. Introduction to the new sleeping environment is essential because babies are super anxious.
Initially, ensure you’re staying with your baby for around 60-90 minutes during the bedtime routine. In the naptime, even you can have a power nap with your baby (if possible). In both the sleeping routines, keep the artificial lights dim and let the natural light enter your room.
As you’re a new parent, these tips for sleep training will help your baby fall asleep consistently. Sleep training for every baby is different, and you’ll struggle in the initial days. However, you need to remember consistency is the key.
Best Of Luck!