8 Best Baby Sleep Tips – Tips and Advice

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Best baby sleep tips:

– 8 tips!

Getting shut-eye is a challenge for first time mothers. Nighttime parenting is such a daunting task that leaves mothers exhausted. Maintaining a good bedtime routine for baby, bottle feeding baby with pumped milk and soothing and reassuring baby before bedtime is just among the sleep strategies most mums have to do to also get a goodnight sleep. Finding the best sleep strategies for your baby is a trial and error process that you need to discover while your baby grows up. Here are eight baby sleeping tips and bedtime routine for babies that experts suggest to make your nighttime parenting a breeze.

1. Start a bedtime routine

A consistent bedtime routine for babies can give every mum enough time to rest after a whole day taking care of baby. The sleeping ritual could be as short as a five to ten minute nappy change, a warm bath, a short bottle feeding session, a story or song session or soothing massage. Always remember that this routine should remain consistent, even during weekends or a night out with friends, as bedtime struggles always start with an inconsistent sleeping time for baby. Also an effective baby sleeping strategy is to cuddle up with baby before bedtime to stimulate baby’s sleeping and also as a bonding time for the parent.

2. Dim the lights

Controlling light conditions in baby’s bedroom could help regulate baby’s circadian rhythm – the internal body clock that tells your body it’s time to sleep. The lights will also reinforce difference between daytime and nighttime sleep. Keep the lights on inside the room even during daytime and dim the lights at nighttime to let her know when it is time to sleep. Make dimmed lights a baby bedtime routine as it gives a calming and relaxing ambience to baby’s room all throughout the night.

3. Let baby settle down

Sometimes you just have to let baby settle down in the cot and sleep on their own. If baby starts to cry once you start putting her to sleep, take some time before giving baby a pat in the back or rocking them to sleep.  Giving baby a time to know when it is to sleep and be active is important as she develops her sleeping habits on her own. If baby can’t settle down without bottle feeding, always be prepared with Pumped Milk placed in 100 percent BPA-free storage bags like the Cherub Baby Breast Milk Storage Bag. Mums should always have pumped milk ready to be placed in warm bottle glasses using Cherub Baby’s One Step LCD Home Bottle and Food Warmer. It saves time for preparing pumped milk giving more time for mums to rest and relax while baby sleeps through the night.

4. Know baby’s sleeping cues 

It is important that parents know baby’s sleeping cues. Perfect timing is important to make baby sleep all through the night. When baby starts rooting to nurse or reaching for the warm baby bottle, when suddenly baby starts getting silent and all activities suddenly slows down, it may be a sign that baby is now preparing for some quiet time to sleep. A yawn, or eye rubbing signals that baby starts to get bored of the surroundings as baby gets quieter, calmer, disinterested in surroundings, parents should know that baby is already starting to feel sleepy. When this time comes, place baby in the cot or bed and give her the sleep her body needs.

5. Regulate the temperature

Adjusting the room temperature to the right level conditions baby to doze off at night. This has been one of the effective sleeping strategies of many successful parents. Keeping it cool during summer months and warm during winter gives makes it comfortable for baby to sleep all through the night.  Always remember though, to keep baby’s room temperature not too hot or not too cold as it could also affect bedtime routine for babies.

6. Keep baby bottles warm

We all know that a warm milk could easily do the trick. Pumped milk placed in an accessible storage bag like Cherub Baby Milk Storage Bags for instant bottle feeding anytime of the night could help baby get to sleep fast. Cherub Baby Breast Milk Storage Bags allow mums to express and store milk at their convenience, meaning dad can feed with breast milk when the mother also wants to get sleep. Taking turns during a night duty of taking care of baby gives parents a sense of responsibility and bonding time with baby. Choosing a good quality baby bottles is also a good idea in feeding your baby quick and easy! What is good about using Cherub Baby’s Colour Change Glass Bottles is that, it changes colours showing the right temperature of the milk for feeding baby. With Cherub Baby’s breast milk bags and glass bottles, baby never has to go without the natural goodness of antibodies and vitamins in Mum’s breast milk.

7. Find a cozy sleeping corner

A quiet corner in the room is a good place for a cot. Babies also want their peace and quiet time in a corner where they can feel secure and comfortable. When you find the place that’s not too dark and not too bright, also look for the right pillow and blanket to make baby feel secured. Place a fan or some white noise maker to mask other noises around the room, this way, a wrong drop or clicking noises will not wake baby in deep slumber.

8. Make daytime and nighttime activities

Keeping baby busy during daytime with social and play activities will give them the needed exercise and have the needed rest by nighttime. This is probably among the successful sleeping strategies of many parents where children are given enough time for play and learning from a songs and storytelling session and socialising with their siblings and relatives. Distinguishing between a noisy environment that is bustling with activities and a quiet place inside he baby’s room will give baby the understanding on what is play time or sleeping time.

Keeping baby busy during daytime with social and play activities will give them the needed exercise and have the needed rest by nighttime. This is probably among the successful sleeping strategies of many parents where children are given enough time for play and learning from a songs and storytelling session and socialising with their siblings and relatives. Distinguishing between a noisy environment that is bustling with activities and a quiet place inside he baby’s room will give baby the understanding on what is play time or sleeping time.

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