Infants have hard time differentiating between day and night. Especially when they are below three months old. Which explains their short sleep around the clock. Since your baby is a few weeks old, you can start teaching them the difference and establishing a healthy bedtime habit. While you’re at it, the following tips for sleep routine should work out for you.
Know When to place your baby on bed
Put your child to bed when they are drowsy, and not asleep. Master the sleep routine for both you. It is a tall order for most parents, especially for breast feeding moms. The process will make both of you have an easier way of getting to rest. Newborns who drift on their own are likely to soothe themselves to sleep. Kim West suggest that, “You should put your baby to bed just before the nod off.”
Use of Light
Elizabeth Pantley, the author of “The No-Cry Sleep Solution,” notes that “Lights can push your kids biological ‘go’ button.” On the other side, darkness release melatonin, a key sleep hormone. Note that your babies days should be kept bright and the nights dull. Day time, allow plenty of sunlight in the house or outside. During daytime, put your child to nap in a well-lit room.
In any case, your baby wakes up during the night, you should not bring them into a brightly lit room. Also, you should not turn on the light. The shift between light and darkness will tell a child’s brain that it’s time to play. If they are not yet awake, just soothe them back to sleep. If you have to use lighting during night hours with your newborn, choose a small dim light that’s cool for both of you.
Baby sleep Routine Monitoring
When your newborn wakes up, wait a moment before going to them. Do not jump at every squeak to monitor your baby as this may teach your child to wake up often. You should wait for few minutes. Give them time to settle and go back to sleep on their own. If your kid doesn’t get back to sleep, and it seems they are waking up, try reaching out to them before they get down to a full howl. Stepping up on time ensures you catch them before they become too worked to get back to sleep.
Try not to Maintain Eye Contact
Eye contact stimulates many kids. Just by gazing at them and having an eye contact can engage their attention. It signals play time. Most parents who maintain eye contact with sleepy babies inadvertently encourage them to nap out of their bedtime cycle zones.
“The more eye contact that takes place between you and your child, the more motivation they get to be awake,” Notes Claire Learner’s what next? She suggests keeping a low key.
Give Your Baby a Dream Feed
For babies who have trouble sleeping, or those who regularly wake up during night hours should be given a dream feed before they get to sleep. It may help them sleep for longer stretches. Lifting your baby out of the crib and gentling nursing them to take a bottle while you gently feed and nudge them will help you put them back to sleep without burping them.
To break from the norm of baby sleep routine, you should stick to a more consistent and predictable schedule during the day and soothe them during bedtime. If your kid is old enough, then you should develop a good nap strategy for them.