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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Every Night

Teaching a new baby to adjust to your normal sleep pattern is a challenge for all new parents and all the time spent on this teaching & training in the beginning will make sure you receive the benefits in the months ahead of you.

Our new baby advice guide has some good tips so that both you & your baby can get a good night’s rest all the time!

Establish Set Routines

A good night kiss, a stroke of the baby’s head before sleep and many other small actions can calm the baby; bathing him/her just before bed-time is also a calming action. But you must repeat the patterns every day so they become the “normal” routine and when the baby becomes used to and familiar with the routine it will know that it is these actions that are associated with the time to sleep. Your baby shouild always sleep in the same place as this will set up a routine that he/she will adjust to quite quickly.

Music

Soft classical (for example piano) or lullaby-type music will calm the new baby as will white-noise CD’s. The hum of a vacuum cleaner also has a soothing effect but simply some classical music playing softly on a radio near the bassinette is usually very effective.

Temperature – Hot/Cold

Make sure that the temperature of the baby’s room is not too cold nor too hot and that the baby is in a place that is away from any drafts, noises or distractions that could cause him/her to wake up. Music playing will also help hide excess noises.

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Sleeping During The Day

Day time is for napping only – night-time is for sleeping soundly. Shorten all sleep time during the day – if the baby sleeps too much during the day then he/she may not be able to sleep as well at night.

When the baby is sleeping/napping in the day time keep the lights on and try not to give the baby any idea that it is bed time so always avoid your night pattern. There is no need to wake the baby from sleeping but if conditions are brighter and a bit noisier then your baby will wake up on its own. Don’t be quiet around the house … the baby needs to know the difference between night and day, napping and sleeping and the quicker you can teach the baby the difference the quicker you will have a good night’s sleep.

Rocking and Massaging

Rocking & gently massaging your baby will relax him/her and this is generally a good prelude or introduction to sleeping right throughout the night.

Reading Aloud to the Baby

Read a story and/or spend time with the baby before bed, simply chating and playing with him/her, instead of just putting the baby in the bed and leaving. The time doing this will assist the baby in the transition from wakefulness to sleep and it only has to be for a few minutes or so and your baby will drift off to sleep.

Feeding

Make sure the baby is always getting fresh foods; nutrition is especially important. Try not to feed the baby in the middle of the night as it is unnecessary and this will prevent a baby from learning that night time is the sleeping time, not the feeding time; keep the lights in the room dimmed so as to not disturb the baby’s sense of time. Make sure that it is quiet at night & the opposite during the daytime with plenty of noise and lots of activity. Babies need to learn the difference between night & day and they will only learn this from you so you need to be quite clear on the process you will follow to teach the baby this difference.

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