There are babies who fall asleep more easily than others, no matter what time or place. How lucky for parents would you tell me … It is true that for others, the reality is somewhat different and it is not always that simple. Here are some tips and testimonials from moms. Note that these tips work for a lot of babies. That doesn’t mean they’ll work for yours for sure. Every baby is different. Try them out until you find the one (s) that will best help your child get to sleep.
First, the importance of establishing a sleep routine.
Baby needs to be in a calm environment. Whether in his room, yours or another room in the house.
It is also very important to pay attention to your baby so that you can recognize her signs of fatigue. For example, yawning, bad mood, rubbing eyes, jerky gestures, etc. You will notice that Baby is tired at more or less the same time and this is when you can establish a routine. In addition, it is important to pay attention to these signs of fatigue because the more tired the baby is, the less easily he falls asleep.
Before going to bed, give it a bath in a calm and serene atmosphere, without noisy games.
Before putting him down to bed, rock him, cuddle him, give him a delicate massage before putting him back to sleep. Caresses and kisses can calm and comfort him.
Make sure that the clothes chosen for bedtime are comfortable and that they do not make it too hot. Most moms tend to overcover it and raise the room temperature for fear that Baby will catch a cold. A room where the temperature is too high or on the contrary too low can disturb the night of infants. The ideal temperature is 19 degrees.
Early childhood professionals recommend keeping baby’s room temperature around 19 degrees, but there are many exceptions. In fact, in summer, when the thermometer reaches 30-35 degrees, there may be too much difference in temperature between the room and the outside. As Baby does not regulate his temperature like an adult, it is recommended to avoid dropping below 25 degrees.
In summer, it is better to avoid air conditioning because Baby can get sick and especially develop conjunctivitis. To continue to keep the bedroom cool, ventilate the room early in the morning and close the shutters during the day. It is also recommended to dress the baby more lightly in periods of strong heat. So don’t hesitate to put him in a short-sleeved cotton bodysuit or even lay him down in his sleeping bag. Some children cannot stand sleeping without being covered, even in hot weather. If this is the case for your baby, go for an ultra-light sleeping bag. In spring and fall, when the temperatures vary, alternate Baby’s outfits between light pajamas and thicker sleeping bags, making sure that your Baby is neither too hot nor too cold during the night. In winter, be sure to adjust the temperature of the house or apartment. To keep your child warm at night, you can put on a bodysuit, pajamas and sleeping bag.
Giving a blanket from an early age is a very good idea. He will get used to it and it will help him fall asleep.
Sing him a song or let him listen to his music box.
Swaddling is a technique used when Baby is in crisis and needs to be calmed down. It is very important to check that your discomfort is not due to hunger, a dirty diaper, or physical discomfort. Swaddling it will comfort him.
During the holidays, don’t panic! It is true that the child loses all his bearings. His sleep will be disturbed and weakened. To avoid this, it is important to keep everything the same as you would at home. The schedules, the bed sheets, the blanket, the little ritual, etc.
Finally, the three basic rules.
1 ° Make sure that Baby falls asleep and wakes up in the same place so that when he wakes up he is not disturbed and does not start crying at night in a place unknown to him.
2 ° Take care that the child does not become dependent on specific objects or actions that would not promote his autonomy when going to sleep. Which would then make it more difficult for him to sleep if these elements and actions are not present at this time.
3 ° Getting out of the baby’s room before he falls asleep is also a very good thing, even imperative. You have to let him understand that he has nothing to fear from loneliness and the night. The more relaxed and peaceful the parents, the more reassured the little one!
Here is a series of small, non-exhaustive tips. It is important to keep in mind that this list comes from several testimonials from young mothers who have experienced them. Please let us know which of these tips work for your little one and let us know which ones are yours … just to complete this list!