Your wife has just given birth to a beautiful baby at the maternity ward. You cradle this beautiful bundle in your hands. You ooze with such love and your wife smiles with relief that its all over. She is ready to go home and You can hardly wait to play the role of Daddy.
That was my story thirty years ago and every other couple’s story. During the pregnancy were much clued up on baby care and sleep patterns. I found Rudolf Steiner’s books on childcare development very interesting and helpful in raising my own children.
How to Get a Baby to Sleep
Make your baby comfortable: Babies need 16 or 17 hours of sleep a day. Most babies sleep in short intervals. It can be a problem for parents who are trying to get the baby into a sleeping routine, making the baby comfortable and a conducive sleeping environment.
Diaper change: A baby may have a hard time getting to sleep if he/she has a wet or soiled diaper. Once he’s/she’s got a dry diaper on, he’ll/she’ll feel cosier and will be able to sleep better.
No baby likes a wet diaper and will kick up such a stink to let you know he or she is either wet or hungry. Give the baby a bottle feed before he or she goes to sleep. I used to bath my gang and massage them with warm olive, not hot olive oil. They were fast asleep after their bottle feed.
Feeding Time: Give the baby one more feeding to tank up his/her tummy before he/she goes to sleep. Don’t feed him/her too much though. If he’s/she’s eaten too much, he/she might be uncomfortable and have a harder time getting to sleep.
Massage: Relax your baby by rubbing his/her body. Sit with the baby on the floor. Place him/her on his/her tummy and gently rub his/her feet, legs, back, arms and head. Then place him/her on his/her back and rub her chest, tummy and the fronts of his/her legs and arms.
I sang to my gang while giving them a bath or massage. I used to bath them first before feeding them. I then massaged them with warm olive oil, not hot olive oil. They were fast asleep before I gave them the last feed.
Teething Problems: It was bad enough that babies suffer from Colic. My second eldest son suffered pretty badly from Colic thankfully it got better as he got older. The teething kept us up most of the night. I took the night shift and my wife took the day shift.
Babies have trouble sleeping when they are teething at the first possible signs rub on the teething gel and a teething ring. Speak to your doctor if you not sure what to give your baby when they are teething and follow the dosage to the letter.
Dress the baby in comfortable clothing: Never overdress your baby they will feel uncomfortable and will not sleep or unwind. Make sure your baby is wearing something snug and comfortable. An outfit made of 100% cotton is a good choice.
Check for rashes. Babies are often troubled by a diaper rash or a heat rash. Check his/her diaper area to make sure he/she does not have any uncomfortable red areas. Check under his/her clothes for a heat rash. If he’s/she’s dressed too warmly, he/she can get red, blotchy skin, which can be uncomfortable.
Make sure the baby’s not sick. When the baby has a cold or stomach flu, he/she may not sleep well. Soothe him/her with a cool washcloth if he’s/she’s feverish or achy. Spend extra time cuddling and rocking the baby. If your doctor recommends it, consider a medication like Infant Tylenol to help with any pain or fever.
Turn the lights off. Keeping the lights on in the baby’s room may keep him/her awake. When it’s dark, the brain begins releasing melatonin, which triggers sleep. Keep the lights off at night, which will help the baby recognize when it’s time to sleep.
- Dim the lights around the house when bedtime approaches. This will help the baby get ready to sleep by recognizing that the light is starting to fade.
- If you need a nightlight in the room, use one that gives off a bluish light, instead of yellow or white light. The bluish light will be less stimulating for the brain.
Best Baby Sleep Aids
Which magazine has recommended the most useful products to help your little one fall asleep? Which magazine guide will help you choose the right sleeping aids for your baby. Read here
- White-noise generator
- Sleep-training clock
- Baby Hammock
- Cranial Osteopathy
- Sleep Guru
- Sleeping books
- Beside Bassinet