Remember that feeling of getting eight hours of uninterrupted, peaceful sleep? If you have a baby, it probably seems like a distant memory.
Although newborn babies can sleep for up to 16 hours a day, unfortunately for us, they do it in random short bursts throughout the day. It can take a couple weeks to change a baby’s sleeping patterns.
Here are three tips to help get your baby to sleep longer throughout the night,, and less sporadically during the day so you can get some decent shut-eye.
- Put your baby to bed when they are drowsy.
Don’t wait for your baby to fall asleep on your lap for you to lay them down in their cot. When you notice your baby starting to drift off, lay them down in their cot. This allows the baby to drift into sleep on their own accord. This way they are more likely to fall asleep quickly, in the correct environment.
- Recognise the signs that mean your baby is tired.
Recognising the signs that your baby is tired is extremely essential especially during your baby’s first three months.
Signs may include:
-rubbing of their eyes – crying at even the slightest provocation -excess yawning -loses interest in people
-loses interest in their toys -becomes exceptionally quiet
- Teach your baby the difference between day and night.
Although your baby will initially sleep for up to 16 hours during the day, you can start to teach your baby the difference between night and day, almost straight away. Teach regular habits and routines, that can be differentiated to teach the baby between day and night. In the day time, we want to take advantage of the fact that this is when your baby is most alert, and in the evening we want decrease the excitement.
Change your baby clothes when he wakes up to signal the start of a new day.
Open the curtains, keep their bedroom and the rest of the house light and bright.
Let him learn everyday sounds: traffic, birds outside, the phone.
Keep feed times social and active.
Change your baby into their pyjamas when its bed time to signal the end of the day.
During their last meal of the day, reduce the excitement, stay quiet (turn off surrounding tv’s for example).
Close the curtains of their bedroom.
It is important to note that every baby and situation is different.
We would love to hear your feedback, on what worked for you and your baby.