When you’re a new parent struggling to get your little one to sleep, every second of Z’s counts, so we’re bringing you quick tips and tricks that could save you some coveted moments of rest.
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When it comes to getting your little one to sleep (so that you can finally get some rest), it’s safe to say new parents would try anything. Luckily, you don’t have to because we’re sharing some of our tried and true tips for getting your infant to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Warm it Up
During the colder months, try slightly warming up your little one’s bassinet, crib, or sleep space. A simple way to do this is to place a heating pad on top of their sleep space at the beginning of your baby’s bedtime routine. By the time you’re ready to put them down to sleep, you can simply take the heating pad away before you lay them down in a nice warm, comfortable sleeping area.
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Keep it Calm
Baby’s are very sensitive to auditory and visual stimuli, which makes them very light sleepers. A sound or light that might not wake you up out of a sound sleep will almost always wake baby up! Luckily, there are a few hacks that have saved many-a-parent from a restless night.
- Door Latch Stopper
Tape, or a simple rubber band, can be applied to the door latch in your nursery, or you can purchase one at the store. Either way, it will help avoid doors from latching shut and causing a ruckus while you’re sneaking away from your drowsy baby.
- Darkening Window Shades
Infants are very light sensitive, so while a street light or stray beam of light from your neighbor's living room might not bother you, it will likely disturb your little one. An easy solution to their light sensitivity is darkening or black-out window treatments. They come in the form of shades or curtains, so pick your esthetic and help your little one sleep soundly!
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, a consistent bedtime routine is the best way to help baby (and you) get a restful night’s sleep. Even before your little one is at the age to begin sleep training, a structured bedtime routine will cue to baby’s brain and body to start getting sleepy.
“Research shows that children who follow bedtime routines are more likely to go to sleep earlier, take less time falling asleep, sleep longer, and wake up less during the night. These benefits to sleep quality are still seen years later in children who followed bedtime routines when they were younger,” according to the Sleep Foundation.
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