Effective Techniques to Put a Baby to Sleep
It is to be expected that newborn babies have short sleep naps around the clock because they cannot yet distinguish between day and night, however, is a few weeks time, they will eventually fall into the right sleeping pattern as the mother guides her baby to sleep more during night time. Here are some effective techniques for mothers to guide them on measures to put their babies on a regular sleep period.
Gradual withdrawal of pacifiers from babies
Modern mothers put pacifiers on their babies’ mouth for the purpose of calming them down when they are agitated by a sudden sound when they are asleep, but the problem with a pacifier is when it falls off from a baby’s mouth during sleep time, such that the baby suddenly screams for it; therefore, a mother should look for an alternative way such as weaning her baby from pacifier dependency over the next six to eight months until such time that her baby can stand alone to sleep well without it.
Because babies have very receptive skin at that particular tender age, they can become sensitive to changes in temperature and, therefore, for them to sleep soundly, always check and adjust the temperature of the room such that it isn’t too cold or too hot and cover the baby with a blanket during the night when needed.
Because babies are also sensitive to loud sounds, such as noises from the members of the family or from toys, another way to put a baby to sleep is to use a white noise machine, which is a sleep-aid and nap machine that produces soothing sounds, like relaxing music, sound of rain, wind, ocean waves and using it can mask the other sounds in the room, allowing the baby to doze off soundly.
Feeding before bedtime
When a baby is full, just like adults, they will likely fall to sleep early during bedtime; therefore, a mother must see to it that her baby is fed well during dinner time so the baby won’t feel hungry during his period of sleep and just be alert to prepare a fresh bottle of milk or nurse the baby with mother’s milk, just in case, he will be hungry during the early dawn.
Use light strategically
Because darkness activates the brain to release melatonin, which is a sleep hormone, here are ways to regulate the light in the room to put the baby to sleep: install dimmers on the lights in the baby’s room and set the right mood by putting these on before bedtime; if the baby wakes up during the night, don’t turn on the lights but, instead, bring the baby into the brightly lit area and soothing him back to sleep; during daytime, when a baby has to take a nap, consider installing a room shade so the baby can easily doze off.