Are your baby’s sleep habits keeping you awake at night? You’re certainly not alone! Getting a baby to sleep through the night is a challenge that all parents face. In fact, some might say it’s a rite of passage for new mums and dads!
That being said, there are plenty of ways to help ease your little one into a regular sleep schedule so you can both get a good night’s rest.
Baby Sleep Tips and Advice
Since March 1st is Baby Sleep Day, we thought it would be the perfect time to share our favourite tried-and-true sleeping tips and essential products that can help baby (and you!) catch a little more shut-eye.
1. Teach the difference between night and day
Babies can’t tell whether it’s night or day, so it’s important to differentiate between the two in order to help regulate their body clock.
During the daytime, keep the lights on and ensure activities and feedings are highly stimulating. When the sun starts to set, turn down the lights and keep your routine calm, quiet, and gentle.
2. Create a sleep routine
Having a consistent bedtime routine is a surefire way to help your baby sleep through the night. By following the same steps every evening, your baby will become accustomed to the cues, meaning bedtime will be much easier in the months — and even years — ahead.
Sleep routines can be introduced as early as 6 to 8 weeks, and often involve things such as a bath, dim lighting, a feeding, and quiet time.
3. Avoid putting your baby to bed when overtired
Overtired babies have a difficult time falling asleep, so it’s important to pay attention to the very early signs of tiredness in your little one. Whether they’re rubbing their eyes, yawning, or fussing, once you start to notice your baby’s natural sleep cues, you’ll find it easier to determine their ideal bedtime.
4. Wake your baby when you put them down to sleep
One of the most important (albeit toughest!) things you can do is putting your child down while they’re still awake. By avoiding rocking or snuggling them to sleep, you’re teaching your baby something truly important: that when they wake in their cot, it’s safe to go back to sleep without you.
5. Offer one final feeding before you go to sleep
Right before you’re ready to turn in for the night, gently wake your infant for one last feeding. Even if they’re too tired to eat much, those extra few sips might just let you snooze for another hour or two. At the very least, you’ll know their tummy will be full when your head hits the pillow.
Must-Have Essentials for Baby Sleep
Once you’ve mastered those sleep-through-the-night strategies, you may want to add a few essential sleepy-time items to your toolbox. Here are some of the most helpful and soothing products designed to make bedtime a breeze.
A sleep soother can be a lifesaver when it comes to helping your baby fall — and stay — asleep! There are plenty of options available, but we love this adorable lamb projection nightlight, complete with calming lullaby sounds and a scene projector.
You can perch a Moses basket in your room, on the floor, or atop a rocking stand if your baby needs a bit of movement to settle.
An essential part of your little one’s bedtime routine, our Aquascale 3-in-1 Digital Baby Bath sets the stage for bath time fun, and its built-in thermometer gauge accurately reads the bath water temperature.
Offering a soothing way for your baby to wind down at bedtime, a musical cot mobile is a must-have addition to any nursery room.
Baby sleeping bag
When it’s time to stop swaddling, or in lieu of swaddling, many parents turn to baby sleeping bags to ensure their little one feels cosy and secure all night long.
Baby Sleep Day
This article is part of a PreciousLittleOne’s initiative for Baby Sleep Day, a date to celebrate healthy sleep habits and bring awareness to the importance of a good night’s sleep – for little ones and the whole family. If you still have baby sleep questions or concerns, read our post answering common baby sleep questions.