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Teaching you & baby healthy sleep habits

Teaching you & baby healthy sleep habits

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Getting a good night of sleep is not just a dream; it can be a reality. The parents at ParentingandBabies have tips for you to use to get help from your partner, and to get a good night of rest.

The Biggest Factor for Parents was Teaching their Babies Healthy Sleeping Habits:

“Something that I wish I could have learned sooner was how important a sleeping schedule is for children. For a long time, I would only put my son to sleep when he was fighting it, but that was a huge mistake.”

“If you want to keep your baby in “sleep mode,” be sure to dim the lights and keep him swaddled, especially when you feed the baby at night. Also, you only need to change the diaper during the night if it is really dirty!”

“I wish I knew then what I know now; just follow your parental instincts and let things work out naturally. You will sleep again, so remain patient. One of the best tips I can give you is that the earlier you put your baby to sleep; the longer she will sleep.”

“The “cry-out” method is okay, but you need to implement this method early on, before your child learns how to stand on his own. I learned the hard way, and as a result, my daughter would jump and down crying for long periods of time.”

“Do not be overwhelmed with the advice and tips that you receive pertaining to sleep training; and remember that no matter what, you are not doing anything wrong. I felt that way, but my friend assured me that parents and babies need time to adjust. It’s natural.”

“It was difficult for me to hear my baby fussing in his nursery, and my first instinct was to jump up, run into the nursery, and pick him up. However, I learned that you should give your baby a chance to settle down on his own.”

“I thought allowing my son to sleep for three hours or more, in one sleeping session, was fine; I was wrong. Once I stopped it, my baby began sleeping throughout the night like a pro!”“Consistency is key. We put our son down for bed between 8:30 and 9 every night, and he goes to sleep without any fuss.””No two kids are alike. My first wouldn’t sleep at all his first 3 months. He slept in our bed for 9 months. My second slept through the night at 2 months, nearly always in his crib. My parenting wasn’t different; my kids were.””The best phrase I heard (after the fact, of course) was ‘Start as you mean to go on.’ The younger the baby is, the easier it is to break bad habits, or better yet, to create good ones.””It’s really important to put a child to bed awake but tired, so he learns to fall asleep on his own.”

“When they get a little older, it’s OK to let them sleep in a weird position rather than wake them up by moving them.”

“It’s all about routine! My baby started sleeping through the night when we started what we call the Four Bs: bath, bottle, book, and bed.”

“When my daughter was 6 months old, we realized that we were keeping her up too long. Within two weeks we had her bedtime set at 6:30, and now she sleeps 12 hours every night. No more fussy evenings.”
“Don’t beat yourself up if you wind up bringing the baby into your own bed, especially if he’s sick. Sometimes they just need Mommy and Daddy. You will not scar them for life.”

“Baby massages are very helpful in calming a child before bedtime.”

“Have your doctor check the baby for an earache if he has too many sleepless nights in a row.”

“Partners and other caregivers need to be on the same page about sleep training methods.”

“I wish I’d specified to my son’s daycare center not to put him down for a nap with a bottle. Breaking him of the habit has been torture.”

“I learned that giving my baby a binky was the worst way to get him to sleep through the night. As soon as the binky falls out, he wakes up looking for it.”

“There is no one solution for every baby or for every family. No matter what anyone else tells you is the only way, do whatever helps you and your baby get some sleep.”

“I wish that I had figured out earlier to put the baby down for her nap at two-hour intervals. Once I started doing this, she began to sleep on a regular schedule — and for longer!”

“I wish I had trained my son to nap in his crib earlier. I used to need the naps myself when he was younger, so we would nap together. Now he sleeps in his crib at night with no problem, but he won’t nap there.”

“All the methods talk about going in to the baby’s room to soothe him if he cries, but these visits just aggravated my son. I learned one night that he’d fall back asleep in under ten minutes if I didn’t go to him at all, as opposed to 45 minutes of really hard crying if I went in and then left. Just three days after I realized this, he slept through the night for the first time.”

“I make it a point not to be quiet around my baby, and now he sleeps anywhere and through anything.”

“I wish I had realized the importance of naps. When my son didn’t seem tired, we would allow him to skip naps here and there. We would pay for it during the night!”

“Planning is necessary. When my husband and I put a plan in motion pertaining to how we would approach the baby waking up during the night, it would go a lot smoother. Do not wing it when you are half-asleep.”

Tools and Useful Props That Could Help your Baby Sleep

“Something that worked out well for me at night was taking the pre-bedtime feeding burp cloth and placing it in the crib with my baby. The cloth would smell like me, so quiet naturally, my baby would be comforted by it.”

“Those expensive noise machines are not necessary. Instead, do what I did and turn the radio on to static, but be sure to keep the volume really low.”

“We learned that using a vaporizer was a two-in-one; it cleared out our baby’s nose, and the noise would soothe her during the night.

“We started giving our baby a stuffed bird that was her favorite, but the key was to only allow her to have it when she was going to sleep. We never gave her the bird at playtime.”

“We live on a busy road, so we leave a fan and a TV on in the room next to the nursery. She’s able to sleep over 12 hours, even with the sirens and traffic.”

“Putting my baby in a sleep sack keeps her covered even if she moves all over the crib.”

“We’ve recently discovered the benefits of a cool-air humidifier. Not only does it help with the dry air, it’s also a great white-noise generator.”

Getting your Partner Involved in Night duty

“When the baby wakes up during the night, my husband will usually change her diaper before I feed her. This helps me a lot, but it also teaches our baby that Daddy is also there for her at night, which will be important when she is no longer nursing and he can handle more of the nighttime duties.”

“Since I’m a stay-at-home mom and my partner works, I cover the night shift Sunday through Thursday. Fridays are my night off, and we swap Saturdays.”

“My partner gets up with the baby on Saturday mornings so I can get a little rest. I found that clearly communicating my need for sleep without nagging was the easiest way to get him to do this.”

“My husband has his own ways of helping her sleep. It gives me a break, and the variety helps our child get used to different methods.”

“We agreed to let her cry for 10 minutes. Being on the same page about that made it easier for us to get through those times — and made it feel like a joint success when she stopped crying and went to sleep.”

“To prevent making it difficult for my baby to adjust to different schedules and sleeping methods, I just let my husband determine his own routine from the beginning. This also meant that I would have help.”

“One weekend, I went away to give my husband a true parenting experience. This opened his eyes, and after my two-day getaway, he started helping out more. My husband realized quickly how hard being a 24-hour parent was.”

“Whenever I ask my husband if he wants to do the dishes or hold the baby, he usually chooses the latter!”