When your baby is not sleeping at night, then you are not sleeping at night either. It does not take long for you to feel the effects of missing out on your much needed sleep night after night. You need to know how to help your baby get some rest, for both your sakes.
Here are some tips to try to set the conditions for a restful night for your baby.
Separate quarters can help your baby sleep. Many mothers make sure baby sleeps in their own quarters from the first night. If you have been letting your baby sleep with you and it seems too cold turkey to just put her into her own bed now, then transition baby slowly. Start with a daily nap in her own crib and room. If your baby’s crib is located in your bedroom, you need to put up a screen to provide visual separation. If your baby wakes up and sees her mum, then she will begin to rely upon mum to help her get back to sleep.
Cool down the nursery. Many mothers make the nursery too warm for their baby to sleep. The ideal temperature is 20 to 22 degrees.
Make it dark. Babies do not need a nightlight. The darker their rooms are, the better they will sleep.
You may have gone to great lengths to make your baby’s room enriching and engaging. But the area around the crib should be free of distractions so the body can listen to the signals to sleep.
Your baby needs her sleep in order to grow and develop. And you need your sleep to be the best mother you can be.