Better Sleep for Babies
During the infancy stage, when babies are the most fragile, babies require long hours of sleep, which they often alternate with their feeding time throughout the night and day, and when disrupted can lead to irritability especially when they do not feel comfortable enough to get the sleep they require. Although an infant’s sleeping pattern can be quite irregular, which means they may also be awake in the middle of the night or in the wee hours when everyone else is asleep, this does not take away from the fact that their little delicate bodies need as much as 12 to 18 hours of sleep every day so they do not get fussy.
For mothers and caregivers however, caring for a baby can be far more tiring not only because of the up close care required at this stage, but also because they will often have to stay awake with their baby in the small hours even if this is when they need their rest the most. For a lot of mothers, having a help hand in the process is a huge thing, but for some mothers, especially those who have had a few babies already, they have already gotten the hang of putting babies in comfortable sleep better than others.
To help babies sleep faster and more comfortably so they do not fuss around for too long, there are a couple of things that new moms can do and see what will work best for their baby when its time to sleep, like practicing baby massage to help babies calm down and keeping babies active and busy during day time when they are awake so they fall into sleep naturally. It also does not have to be too quiet as babies can also sleep better when there is white noise or a calming music to put them at ease and send them to sleep naturally.
One of the things that mothers may also overlook is their own state of emotion when with their baby especially during bedtime, which babies will easily notice and feel right away, so coming to bed stressed may often make babies uncomfortable and fussy. To avoid this, mothers must be mindful to stay calm and relaxed once it is time for baby’s bed, either through a long bath or listening to slow music before going to bed, and practice slow breathing and always speak softly when they are trying to get their baby to sleep.
Once new parents get the hang of sending their baby to sleep in the most natural way possible, it also becomes easier for babies to eventually develop a normal sleep pattern and stop waking up in the middle of night as much as possible, which benefits both parents and their baby.