In theory, getting a baby to sleep is as simple as cuddling and placing him in the crib. However, it’s more common for this process to end up taking much longer. Though there are no strict rules for getting your baby to bed, figuring out how to get your baby to sleep at the right time can make your life much easier. Here are a few techniques that you can use to help your baby fall asleep:
Soothe Your Baby
Soothing your baby is more of an instinct than a method. At first, getting your baby to sleep includes swaddling, singing, rocking and feeding. All babies need those wind-down routines. While they may initially resist, you just have to be patient until the baby gets drowsy.
Once your baby is starting to sleep, slowly bring him to the crib. This step can be really challenging since the baby may wake up when he is no longer in your arms. The reason for this situation is that the baby feels the cold sheet in the crib and wakes up. So one of the best way’s to minimize the chances of your baby waking up during this transition is to place a warm blanket over the sheet before putting your baby into the crib.
Focus on Deep Sleep
Though it’s normal for babies to sleep during some day hours, it’s a lot better to establish a consistent night routine. The reason is this will help them get the type of deep sleep that is most beneficial. What’s good about consistency is even if they are disturbed for a while, they will find ways to go back to sleep. Ending the night with a warm bath or massage can help your baby fully relax for bed.
Gradually Train Your Baby To Fall Asleep
You can also gradually let your baby fall asleep through modified sleep training. Set a bed time where you can give your baby a bottle of milk while you sing a song or read a book. Since the baby will likely play for some time. just try to calmly talk to her. You can pat your baby’s back, tummy, or head, but do not pick her up.
Stay until your baby falls asleep and then leave the room. Then just repeat this method if she wakes up during the night. Do this routine consistently in the next three days during nap and bedtime. On the fourth day, move your chair a little bit farther away from the room. All you’ll do is verbally assure your baby that you are there. After a few more days, your baby should be able to fall asleep fairly quickly on her own.