Tips For Getting Your Baby To Sleep Through The Night & Other Impossible Tasks
Step 1. Calm down.
You’re not the first parent to have trouble putting your new baby down for the night — and you certainly won’t be the last.
It’s not a reflection of your parenting skills, either. You just need a little bit of practice and a few helpful tips.
Part of the problem is that the longer you have trouble getting the little one to sleep, the harder it gets.
Your little bundle of joy knows when you’re stressed, upset, overtired, and overworked.
As you get more stressed, they get more stressed, making you more stressed… you can see where this is going.
So take a step back — and some deep calming breaths.
You can do this, and these tips can help.
1.Take A Break
Yup — that’s right. It doesn’t make you a bad parent if you have to take a break, it makes you a wise one.
We’ve all been there, and we all know how hard it can be.
Some parents might not have the option, but if you do, take it.
Have grandma or grandpa watch them for an hour, an aunt or uncle — they’ll be happy to see your cute little monster for a while, and you can take a power nap.
2. Blackout Curtains
For you, for the baby, they’re going to be the newest trend in your house for a while.
Sleeping during the day doesn’t always come naturally, and it can feel impossible when there’s sunlight shining on your face.
Your baby probably feels the same way.
A good set of blackout curtains can go a long way toward saving your sanity.
This one’s just for the baby.
You could get one for yourself, but I don’t know if it would help.
If you haven’t seen a sleep sack, imagine a sleeping bag for a very small person, that goes over the shoulders and has armholes.
Babies almost always sleep better when swaddled, but sometimes you just don’t have the energy — or they’re just too good at escaping.
4. Choose A Shift
If you’ve got a partner, it’s time to get used to sleeping in shifts.
It’s not unusual for babies to wake in the middle of the night — in fact, it would be unusual if they didn’t.
Until they develop a solid circadian rhythm, you’d better get used to sleeping odd hours.
5. Keep It Clean
Just like us, babies can be easily distracted by things around them.
You’re probably familiar with the problem of staying up all night on your phone.
One minute you’re just watching a quick YouTube clip, the next thing you know it’s 3 hours later and you’re reading articles about giraffes.
Keeping the baby’s crib clear of distracting clutter will prevent your bundle of joy from being distracted into wakefulness when you just want them to close their eyes for a bit.
If you still can’t get your baby to sleep, don’t worry too much about it — it will come with time.
Just try to get a break now and then so you can get enough sleep yourself, and everything will eventually work out.
Some babies are just a little trickier than others, but in the end, they all grow into toddlers, and that’s a whole new set of problems.
So grab your blackout curtains, plan your sleep shift, and don’t forget the baby sleep sack.
You’ve got a long night ahead of you so best to go in prepared, right?