Becoming a parent is one of the best experiences of any person’s life… as long as you can get your child to sleep! It is no secret that babies aren’t reliable when it comes to going to bed. Oh sure, they love to sleep, but they do most of it during the day. At night, they wake up at ungodly hours and cry the house down, which isn’t fun. If it is getting too much, the good news is that you can make it better. To do that, you should take a look at the tips underneath. Here is how to get your baby down for the night.
Wean Them Off Dummy
Babies love pacifiers, and they scream when they don’t have one in their mouths. This is true even when they are asleep. As soon as the dum-dum falls out, it is only a matter of time before they awake. The problem with this is that you can’t watch them all night because you have to sleep. So, even if you check on them before bed, it could pop out during the evening. The best option is to wean them off their pacifier over the coming months. By the time they reach six to eight months, they should be able to go to get without it.
Like adults, babies are sensitive to changes in temperature. In fact, they are probably more receptive due to their skin. As a result, there is a high chance they will wake up if they are too hot or too cold. The simple solution is to adjust the temp of the room so that it is perfect. Of course, this isn’t easy, so a few more tricks are needed. For kids who get chilly in the night, you could try a baby comforter or a warm blanket. If they overheat, take them away and leave them in their PJs.
Play Soothing Sounds
A child’s room is full of toys because you have to keep them entertained. However, there is a chance that these playthings may wake them up, especially if they come on during the night. After all, small kids react to the slightest of sounds even if their sleep. With a white noise machine, you can mask the sounds of anything that may be too loud. Plus, the white noise also acts as a soothing sound which they get used to at bedtime. Like whale sounds for adults, it gently rocks them to sleep.
Feed Before Bed
One of the main reasons babies get up in the night is because they are hungry. Let’s face it – this isn’t anything new as they are always starving! Still, it is possible to satiate their hunger until a decent time in the morning. Babies that eat just before bed won’t be as hungry during the night. Hopefully, this should let them sleep all the way through instead of crying for mommy at three in the morning.
No one said it would be easy, yet it should get simpler thanks to these tips.