5 ways to help your baby fall asleep quickly (and 1 secret tip)
Article by Cherlynn Ng
Welcoming a baby has become almost synonymous with sleepless nights. Even before labour, you have probably envisioned scenarios of broken sleep and getting up multiple times throughout the night to tend to your newborn. Oh, the sacrifices we make for our kids!
Having a newborn who refuses to turn in can be frustrating, especially if you are sleep-deprived yourself and can’t wait to catch some much-needed zzzs. Some parents have a confinement nanny to help watch over and soothe their newborn, though not everyone gets to enjoy this luxury. But fret not — here are some tips to help you out if you are struggling whenever night falls.
1. A relaxing bath
Remember that indulgent herbal bath you had during your confinement? Then you should also be familiar with the positive effects a warm bath can have on your body and health. Likewise, bathtime can induce sleep in your baby. Create a calming effect with warm water and tender strokes. Rather than get your baby too excitable by letting them splash around with toys, speak in soft tones or hum a lullaby to make bathtime a relaxing experience.
2. A shiok massage
Similarly, think about that postpartum massage you treated yourself to when recuperating from childbirth. Not only do massages put your baby at ease and improve their sleep, the skin-to-skin contact and nurturing nature of this activity also allows them to feel loved. This will help to strengthen the precious bond between mother and child.
Putting a comfortable amount of pressure around your baby’s body creates a soothing womb-like feeling, which helps them to settle down faster and sleep longer. This popular technique is known to bring feelings of comfort and security to your infant. Make sure to leave enough space for their legs to move around so that they do not develop hip dysplasia.
4. Suitable sleepwear
Keep your newborn cool and comfortable in the right sleepwear. Cotton is not only durable, but boasts of many advantages such as controlling moisture and providing insulation too. It is also very breathable and hypoallergenic, therefore eliminating the possibility of allergies, rashes and irritation. Avoid synthetic fabrics because they trap heat and sweat, which can leave your baby in discomfort, especially in Singapore’s humid weather.
5. Establish a routine
Consistency is key when it comes to helping your newborn fall asleep. Establish and keep to a nighttime routine so that your baby will understand when it’s bedtime. You can create a soothing ritual based on the above steps e.g. giving your infant a warm bath, changing them into comfy pajamas, dimming the lights and singing them to sleep.
Tip: Having a confinement nanny by your side when dealing with a newborn who has trouble falling asleep can be a lifesaver. Armed with the right knowledge, skills and experience, they can help to take the load off your shoulders and advise you accordingly. Imagine uninterrupted sleep and a happy baby who is well-taken care of during the night!
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