Having a baby is a precious time.
You fall totally in love with this little bundle of joy but oh, the nights! Not only do you discover a love like no other, but you also experience a tiredness to match.
You’ve tried buying snuggly baby sleepsuits and even gone for the cuddly blanky them to hold, and still to no avail! You still need some baby sleep tips that actually work!
How can someone so small have such a tiring effect, we ask?
Here are some of our best hacks for establishing an effective bedtime routine that will hopefully have your little one sleeping better, for longer, so you can recharge with some much-needed sleep too!
Hack Number One: Establish a regular routine
Just like adults, babies do have a circadian rhythm that establishes their internal clock which lets them know when it’s time to eat, time to sleep and time to play. The issue is that they aren’t born with it but instead develop it over the course of the first three months or so after birth.
And just like adults, developing a regular body clock means establishing a routine and sticking to it.
Make bedtimes and morning wake-up times the same every day. Yes, even the weekends. And develop a regular timetable of meal times and dedicated playtime too. This will help your baby learn when it is time to wake up and when it is time to sleep.
Hack Number Two: Wind the day down
Winding the day down will signal to your baby that bedtime is coming.
A gentle playtime followed by nice, warm bubble bath works wonders.
Keep the environment quiet and stimulation to a minimum now, so this could mean taking baby into their room and avoiding the television or radio.
Instead, settle down together with a story book and no distractions in the background before laying them down after their bedtime feed.
Hack Number Three: Make sure they are comfortable
Babies should not be in a room that is too hot or too cold. When working out how warm they will be, ensure you also take bedding into consideration and adapt it accordingly.
It is also recommended that babies lay on their backs to sleep and remain in the same room as you for the first six months. Many parents find it reassuring to have their baby close-by during this period.
More baby sleep tips can be found on the NHS website but if you have any tried and tested advice of your own please do share. We would love to hear them!