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Tricks to Make Sure Your Baby Sleeps Through the Night

18th February 2019
Whilst having a new baby in the house is an absolute joy, the resulting lack of sleep is anything but! Sleep deprivation can range from mildly unpleasant to mind-numbingly awful, and it can seriously affect your enjoyment of those first precious months with your baby. New parents are bombarded with advice on how to make their bundle of joy sleep for longer, but how can you be sure which advice to follow? Here are some tried and tested tips and tricks, also at https://www.starwalkkids.com, to make sure your baby sleeps through the night. 

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

When it comes to getting your child to sleep through the night, boring and predictable is the way to go. Babies thrive on routine and a predictable routine in the lead up to bedtime is a great way to let them know that it is time for sleep. Once your baby has been put down to sleep, this is the time for you to be boring. Your baby should receive no reward from you for behaviors such a chattering, throwing toys out of the crib, playing peek-a-boo etc. Engaging with your child will only excite them and prolong the time before they go to sleep. Be a comforting but boring presence for them – sleep will seem much more enticing to them if you are low key and avoid eye contact or conversation.
No surprises in the night. 
If your baby goes to sleep in your arms, with your patting their rump, or with your beautiful face smiling down at them, they will get a shock when they wake up in the night and you’re not there! When infants wake up in the night – and they all do, more than once – they need the reassurance that everything is just the same as it was when they closed their eyes. If anything has changed, they will be frightened and disorientated and will cry to let you know all about it.
Wait a minute… 

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.

 

 

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