Babies sleep a lot, but not for very long. Newborns and babies just a few weeks or months old will be likely to sleep heavily and quietly through the night but as they get older, they’ll be likely to wake up more often as their sleep durations become shorter. This is a problem that many moms have a hard time solving. Some just give up and accept their fate, but there are a few things you can do to help with this. Here are some of them:
REDUCE NOISE LEVELS
If your house is too noisy, the child will simply not sleep. High noise levels will keep distracting them and keeping them up and eventually, they will start becoming irritable.
You can start by lowering the volume of your TV or other audio devices in the house. Ask everyone inside to be quiet for the night. If you live in a place where it is hard to regulate noise levels, you can try soundproofing the baby’s nursery. This is, however, only if you have a good and reliable baby monitor that can alert you of the slightest noise in the baby’s room.
DIM THE LIGHTS
The body clock that tells the body when to sleep and when to get up is largely reliant on the light levels around. If there is too much light, the body may interpret it as daytime and try to stay awake. Dimmer lights or darkness soothes the body to sleep.
The best way to go around this with your baby is by getting a night light that can be dimmed down to different light levels. It will make it very convenient especially when you need to check on the baby or change their diapers without waking them up. You can turn down the lights to be bright enough for you to see what you are doing but dim enough to keep the baby asleep.
MAKE THEIR CLOTHES AND BEDDING COMFORTABLE
Comfort is easily the best way to keep the baby asleep through the night. Do your best to make sure that they are as cozy as possible and you will see how that works wonders for you.
Baby clothes stay in contact with their skin, so you must get materials that have a soft feel. They should also be hypoallergic so that the baby doesn’t get irritated by allergens that could cause a reaction as they sleep. Make a point of checking for breathability. Breathable clothes allow aeration which helps to control temperature levels and keep the baby comfortable. Don’t overdress or underdress the baby – they could get too hot or too cold.
The baby bedding should also follow the same course. To check for breathability, hold the sheets against a fan and see how the air behaves: if it goes through the sheets, then they are breathable.
You should also be careful when choosing the size of beddings. Large ones may create folds that can tangle the baby or suffocate them. Check out this page for baby bedding, safe cots and pushchairs that provide support.
CHANGE THEIR DIAPERS OFTEN
Diapers are bound to fill up whether the baby is awake or sleeping. You should therefore make a point of changing the diapers as often as necessary.
If the baby is asleep, try to be as quiet and gentle as possible. Use dim lights and move them slowly while removing the diaper and putting on a new one. If you prefer nappies, consider using wearable ones at night so you can simply slide the baby out of the soiled one and into a clean one.
Leaving the baby in soiled diapers for too long will raise the risk of the baby getting a diaper rash which could sting and put them in an awful amount of pain and discomfort. You should therefore choose the baby’s diapers carefully to make sure that you get those that are well absorbent to keep their skin dry. They should also allow a reasonable amount of aeration to help with temperature control.
While you are at, be sure to also get the right diaper size – if it is too big or too small the baby will be uncomfortable.
ESTABLISH A SLEEP AND BEDTIME ROUTINE
Avoid putting the baby to sleep at random times. Establish a routine so that their bodies can adjust to the set sleeping times. This will help you avoid the sudden need to play at midnight and sleep at eight in the morning.
LET GO OF SOOTHING METHODS
Soothing the baby to sleep is harmless, but you should not let them get too used to it. They will become dependent on kit and won’t be able to go to sleep unless they are soothed to sleep.
A pacifier, for instance, is a great way to stop those bouts of tears and put the baby to sleep almost immediately. If the baby gets too used to it, however, they will never be able to go to sleep unless you stick one in their mouth. Some will even have a favourite one and will not sleep a wink unless that specific one is presented. If every time your baby cries you start breastfeeding them, they will get attached to that particular soothing method and you will need to breastfeed them every time you need them to go to sleep.
To create some independence from these soothing methods, you could use them only once on a while. The baby’s attachment to them will break eventually and they will be able to go to sleep.
In conclusion, the key to making your baby sleep through the night is making them comfortable. Remove any irritants like bright light and noise and check in on them every two hours or so to make sure that they are still comfortable. You should also try to break their attachment to soothing methods and allow them to fall asleep naturally. Check out this page for the best bags for organizing and carrying essentials when travelling with the baby.