Darkness is your friend!
Humans (including baby humans) sleep better in the dark. Use black-out curtains in your baby’s bedroom and avoid any sources of light. Even the background light from a baby monitor or night light can disturb your baby’s sleep. Make sure you maintain a dark room for daytime napping too. Your baby will soon learn to associate the calmness of a darkened room with rest and sleep.
Boring is good
All of us – babies included – regularly wake up briefly during the night. As adults, this period of waking is so short, and we are so accustomed to it, that we generally don’t even remember it the next morning. But babies need to learn how to soothe themselves back to sleep without the help of a parent. When your baby wakes in the need, wait a minute before going in if they are still crying. Remember to be low-key and boring, with no engagement, just be a quiet reassuring presence. The following night, when they awake, wait a little longer before attending to them. Repeat this each night, gradually increasing the amount of time you leave before going into the room. Over time, your baby will learn to self-soothe, meaning better quality sleep for everyone in the household.Whilst all of these tips may not work for you all of the time, they are proven to work if used consistently. Don’t underestimate the importance of sleep for the whole family’s health and well-being. Like many other aspects of your babies life, sleeping well is a skill that they can learn when guided by you.