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14 tips for making babyê sleep all night

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14 tips for making babyê sleep all night
14 tips for making babyê sleep all night

It is normal that in the first months of life the baby takes a long time to sleep or does not sleep all night, as he may wake up every 2 or 3 hours to feed or because he feels uncomfortable and unprotected, which can be exhausting for parents, who are used to resting at night.

So it's important to create a warm environment for the baby, with adequate lighting and temperature, get the baby in a comfortable position, wear clothes that don't squeeze him and create a bedtime routine.

The number of hours a baby should sleep depends on their age and degree of development, but it is recommended that the newborn sleep between 16 and 20 hours a day, distributed in periods of a few hours throughout of the day.However, with growth, it is possible for the baby to sleep through the night and alone. Understand from when the baby can sleep alone.

Watch the video with quick, simple and foolproof tips for baby to sleep better and all night long:

What to do at bedtime

Some tips to do before bedtime that help the baby feel more relaxed and secure, to sleep through the night are:

1. Reproduce the environment of the uterus

For babies aged 1 to 3 months, reproducing the environment they had when they were in the womb can be a big help in sleeping longer and better. This is because at this stage, the baby is still unaware that it is not inside the uterus and, therefore, placing the baby next to the mother's or father's body, or picking up the baby in the lap and rocking, making gentle rocking movements., help the baby to feel as if he were still inside the belly, making him sleep calm and peaceful.

2. Wrap the baby

From birth to the age of 4 or 5 months, babies have a startle reflex that can happen during sleep, in which they feel as if they are falling, and this falling sensation can cause the baby to wake up some times during sleep.

A good way to ensure that the baby feels safe is to keep him in the position he was in the belly, curled up. To do this, you must wrap the baby in a blanket or diaper, but without tightening it, and avoid putting on clothes that make the baby too stretched or that hinder its movements. This prevents the baby from having the startle reflex and waking up scared.

3. Play white noise

White noise is a consistent, soft sound that drowns out any other sounds that may disturb the baby's sleep, such as noises around the house or noises coming from outside, such as conversations, cars on the street or dogs barking, for example.

This type of noise is especially important to calm the baby because it recreates the same type of sound that the baby heard when he was in the mother's belly, which makes the baby calmer and safer, allowing a more peaceful sleep and lasting. Also, a very quiet environment can scare the baby, activating the cerebral cortex, which can make the baby wake up scared at night.

To create white noise you can use a fan, as long as the wind is not facing the baby, buy white noise electronics or use mobile apps.

4. Create a comfortable environment in the bedroom

Keeping the room at a comfortable temperature, neither too hot nor too cold, and with adequate lighting, keeping the room darker and turning off bright lights around the house, can help your baby sleep better throughout the night.

Another important tip is to close the window to avoid external noises and the curtains to reduce the light coming from the street. However, you can leave an indirect presence light, such as a socket lamp, so that the child, if he wakes up, is not frightened by the dark.

5. Put the baby in the crib

The baby should sleep in the crib from birth, to get used to his bed and be able to sleep more easily, in an environment that he learns to recognize as a safe place. Thus, parents should place the baby in the crib while still awake to recognize that it is time to sleep, facilitating peaceful sleep throughout the night.

In addition, the crib is the most comfortable and safe place for the baby to sleep, as sleeping in the playpen or car seat is uncomfortable and causes body pain, and in the parents' bed it can become dangerous, because the parents can hurt the baby while sleeping.

6. Feeding before bed

Another way to help your baby fall asleep faster and sleep longer is to feed the baby before bed, as it leaves the baby fuller and longer until he feels hungry again.

However, as the baby grows, night weaning should be encouraged, so that the baby sleeps longer at night. Learn how and when to wean.

7. Wear comfortable pajamas

When putting the baby to sleep, even if it's for a nap, you should always wear comfortable pajamas so that the baby learns what clothes to wear when going to bed.

To ensure that the pajamas are comfortable, it is important to prefer a cotton outfit, without buttons or threads and without elastic bands, so as not to hurt or squeeze the child.

8. Offer a teddy bear to sleep

Some babies like to sleep with a toy to feel more secure, and it's usually okay for a child to sleep with a tiny stuffed animal. However, you should choose toys that are not too small because there is a chance that the baby will put it in the mouth and swallow it, as well as very large dolls that can suffocate the child.

However, children with respiratory problems, such as allergies, asthma or bronchitis, should not sleep with plush dolls, as they accumulate dust, which can worsen the respiratory disease.

9. Get a massage

Some babies get sleepy after a back and leg massage, so this can be a way to help your baby fall asleep faster and longer, and is also an excellent option to create a routine for baby sleep. I see how to give a relaxing massage to the baby.

10. Changing a diaper before bed

When parents are going to put the baby to sleep, they should change the diaper, cleaning and washing the genital area so that the child always feels clean, dry and comfortable, as a dirty diaper can bother and make the baby uncomfortable and disturb sleep, in addition to causing skin irritation.

What to do throughout the day

Some tips to do throughout the day can help stimulate your baby's sleep at night and get him to sleep through the night, and include:

1. Limit nap duration

Naps during the day are very important for baby's development and the number of hours varies from one baby to the next. However, one way to get your baby to sleep through the night is to limit the duration of naps during the day.

Still, it is important for the mother or father to observe if the baby needs longer naps, therefore, increase the nap time.

2. Stimulating the baby during the day

Stimulating the baby during the day, taking advantage of the time he is awake, from the first months, can help the baby sleep better as the interaction and stimuli cause fatigue and a deeper sleep. See how to stimulate the baby between 0 and 12 months.

However, care must be taken not to overtir the baby, because in this case, there is an increase in cortisol, the stress hormone, which can make the baby very agitated, with signs such as scratching the eyes or picking up and pulling on the ears, which means the baby will take longer to sleep.

3. Identify the signs of sleep

Knowing how to identify the signs of sleep in the baby is important to understand the best time to put the baby for a nap or to sleep.

Generally, the signs that the baby is sleepy are: having a farther and still look or being slower. It is at this time that the baby should be held, rocked, taken to the room, created a comfortable environment and turned on the white noise, to allow the baby to fall asleep calmly and peacefully throughout the night.

4. Create a bedtime routine

Some studies show that creating a routine is essential to signal to the baby that it is time to sleep, making him/her more relaxed.

This routine should be easy and simple to do every night and by everyone in the household.

Some ways to create a bedtime routine are:

  • Get a relaxing massage;
  • Give a bath before bed;
  • Breastfeeding in the half-light;
  • Dim the bedroom light;
  • Turn on white noise;
  • Sing a lullaby;
  • Tell a little story.

A bedtime routine can help create positive sleep associations for your baby, getting them to sleep at the right time in a peaceful, relaxed, and nightly manner.

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