While we are pregnant, we have absolutely no idea that our sleep is about to go on a long vacation without any return ticket. After delivery, the first few months take a toll on you because you hardly get to sleep because of baby’s uncertain sleep patterns. Atleast for first 2-3 months, you should be prepared to experience a phase where you will not get to sleep at all because somehow in the beginning babies don’t sleep no matter how hard we try and if they do sleep well, consider yourself lucky. However, if you want to establish a sleeping routine for your baby, here are a couple of tips.
- Swing or rock– I read somewhere that while we are pregnant, babies are used to getting rocked to sleep all the time because of our continuous movements and they are wide awake while we are resting. So swinging or rocking the baby will help them to sleep just like when they were in the womb.
- Swaddle- Babies are also used to the compact, warm and cosy environment of your womb and thus feel uncomfortable in their initial days on Earth. Swaddling gives them that feel and makes them feel cozy and secure, thus making it all easy for them to sleep.
- Colic issues- New born babies face major colic issues which is one reason why they cannot sleep at night. Burp your baby well, & give enough tummy time. If your baby has major colic issues, go for gas drops, so that the baby can sleep well through the night.
- Diapers- I normally don’t encourage the use of diapers but one of the major reasons why babies wake up in the night is because of wet nappies. Diapers keep them dry for good 3-4 hours and give them an undisturbed sleep.
- Routine- Set a fixed routine for them and try to make them sleep on the same time daily to set their body clock. This will be really helpful in the long run.
- Consistent Naps- This tip has worked the best for me. Make babies sleep in regular intervals before they get too tired. If the baby stays up for too long and gets all tired then they have trouble sleeping at night.
- Sleep Associations- Get your baby accustomed to some thing like a toy or read books to them or sing a lullaby. Get them into a night wear and establish a particular routine with them, so that they know that whenever you do this its time to sleep.
- Massaging- Massaging and bathing the baby makes them all tired and sleepy. If the weather is cold you can avoid bathing. But massages help them fall asleep.
- Leave you scent- If you sleep with the baby then this isn’t required but if the baby sleeps in the cot, put any piece of cloth like your dress or scarf or anything which has you scent in it, to make the baby feel close to you.
- Patience- Last and the most important tip is to keep patience, because no tip will work in one go. You might have to make several attempts and experiments for it to work.
Some of these habits like swadding or rocking the baby should be reduced as the baby starts growing so as to avoid them from getting totally dependent on it. You can continue with the other tips for a long run because there is no certainty about baby’s sleep and you might have to struggle a little longer than you have imagined.
These are some of the tips that worked well for me, though i would like to share that no tip worked for the first 2 months, no matter what I did my baby just didn’t sleep during the night. Some tips might work for you, some might not. Don’t give up experimenting.
Do share your reviews or if you have some additional tips that can help new moms with the struggle of putting their babies to sleep.