Putting Your Child to Sleep

Sometimes, a child needs to be calmed down after he eats in order to fall a sleep. Soft rocking or a lying in your arms can help him relax and fall asleep.

 

If you want him to fall asleep on his own, try to postpone these calming techniques until he is really fussy, or he’ll get used to it.

 

Sucking

A child often soothes himself by sucking, for example your clean pinky. Sometimes he sucks his own fist. If he wants a pacifier, give him one that has a natural shape. Try to take it away from him when he is 3 months old.

Calming Touch

You can calm your baby by rhythmically massaging his tummy. Don’t speed up the rhythm of the massage so that the baby doesn’t get alarmed and don’t stop until he closes his eyes.

Rocking

Rock your child in your arms until he falls asleep. It’s possible that he will wake up every time you stop and try to put him in his bed, but it’s still a proven way to get your baby to sleep.

 

Putting and older child to sleep

A child over six months old will be falling asleep easier if his whole routine of going to sleep stays the same every night  – babes like repetition and rituals.

A child of this age will have a harder time falling a sleep in an unknown environment and his sleep can be disrupted by any change, like a vacation, so try to keep up the normal routine even while you’re traveling. Make this occasion as comfortable and fun as your can.

 

Putting your child to sleep:

  • Every night, start with the same activity. Bathing is a good one, because it’s relaxing and fun at the same time. If your child doesn’t like bathing, a calm 20-minute game can be relaxing.

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  • If your child gets fed before going to sleep, feed him in his room, so he understands that his room is a nice place, not just a room where he is sent off to sleep.
  • Put his favorite teddy bear or another soft toy in his crib.
  • This is a good time to get the father involved; both of you should get involved in this night routine. The last half hour should bet he same every night, and should be the most comforting for the child.
  • Read him his favorite book so he can calm down; help him relax.
  • Don’t stop reading, even if it seems that he isn’t paying attention- he’s probably tired and doesn’t have the energy to respond to the pictures, but that doesn’t mean he’s not listening.
  • Wrap him up into his blanket along with his favorite toy and give him a kiss goodnight. Dim the lights or turn on the night-light. Don’t leave too quickly, stay in the room for a while longer.

 

Other methods:

 

Car ride

If you feel completely hopeless, try putting your child in his car seat and drive around the block – the movement of that car will probably put him to sleep. After returning home, carry your child inside in his car seat. Don’t forget to cover him with a blanket. Many parents believe that a car ride is a great method for putting a tired baby to sleep.

Lullabies and a rocking motion are old proven ways to put a child to sleep. A child doesn’t care if you can’t sing.

Recorded music can also help – a quiet calming music can help a child overcome his light sleep phase, out of which he wakes up easily. A child that doesn’t sleep well may appreciate music he could have heard in the womb.

 

Rhythmic movements

A child often falls asleep if we move the stroller back and forth even if he tries to stay awake and watches us. If this doesn’t help, try taking him out for a walk in the stroller. He should be well dressed and covered.

 

Wrapped babies

Wrapping up a newborn into light cotton blanked will calm him down. The room where baby sleeps shouldn’t be over 18 °C however. Don’t wrap your baby after he is one month old or you will restrict his movements and effect his movement development.

 

When should your baby go to sleep?

That depends on you and your partner. You should pick a time that suits you and that you can stick to every day. It should be a time when you both are at home, but shouldn’t be so late that it will take up your whole night. Pick a time between 6 and 8 pm to your baby to sleep.

 

The benefits of sleeping close to your baby

Having your baby sleep close to you or even co-sleeping can have numerous benefits for both you and your baby. Whilst not everyone will choose to have their baby sleep in the same room as them, it is good to know what benefits may be gained from this bedtime arrangement.

Better Bonding

If you work during the day, co-sleeping can give you and your partner extra time spent with your baby. The closeness and nurturing that occurs during the night helps to create a stronger bond between you and your baby.

Sleeping next to your baby in adjacent beds can help a nursing mother to synchronize her sleep cycle with her baby’s, meaning more quality sleep for both mother and baby, as a gentle reassuring hand can sometimes be enough to calm a baby back to sleep without fully awakening either party.

Peace of Mind

It eliminates a lot of the nighttime separation anxiety that your baby may feel, allowing for a more restful sleep for both you and your baby. Having your baby close to hand allows you to relax more and have a better quality sleep, rather than fretting about how your baby is in another room.

Co-sleeping babies tend to stay awake for much shorter periods of time through the night than those who sleep alone and they may also cry a lot less too. By sleeping close to your baby, you can quickly respond to any coughing or crying during the night, without the worry of whether you will hear them or not.

Co-sleeping babies don’t tend to wake as often as babies who sleep in another room and also tend to go back to sleep quicker. However, some babies can soothe themselves back to sleep much more easily than other babies, so co-sleeping won’t necessarily help your child sleep through the night any quicker.

Easier to Attend to Baby

Some studies suggest that mothers who sleep with their babies will breastfeed more, yet it disrupts the mother’s sleep less. Sleep-sharing mothers also tend to feed for longer periods of time, perhaps because it is less disruptive as they don’t need to leave their beds.

Mothers can easily reach out for their babies who are crying, or are about to cry and comfort or feed them without either mother or baby fully waking up. This is impossible if you need to get out of bed and enter another room, as this will cause both mother and baby to waken fully, making it harder to then return to sleep.

Good Habits

It is suggested that co-sleeping babies are more independent, more confident and more outgoing as children. It’s also suggested that they have better stress management skills and higher self-esteem and are more comfortable with intimacy as adults than people who slept alone as young babies. However, you cannot determine your child’s personality by sleeping arrangements alone.

Sleeping close to your baby will help them develop a healthy attitude toward sleeping. Helping your baby to grow up regarding falling asleep as a pleasant sensation, as well as being a fearless state to remain in, will give your child a lifelong healthy sleep attitude. This is one of the best investments you can make.

Zoe is an avid blogger and experienced freelance writer, and loves to share her knowledge through content on the internet. Zoe is currently writing on behalf of bed superstore Archers Sleep Centre. Follow Zoe on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bloggingstyle.