Sooner or later, exhausted parents wonder why the child falls asleep badly and for a very long time in the evening or even falls asleep and soon wakes up, and how to teach the baby to fall asleep in the crib without long motion sickness. In the first years of a baby’s life, the most pleasant reward for parents is to watch his development and new successes. And yet there is one moment that all parents cannot wait to wait for – when the baby gets used to not waking up at night. Then you will finally have precious time to take a nap yourself. It also means your little one is developing useful skills, such as the ability to calm down on their own.
The time when this long-awaited moment comes will depend mainly on your baby, as, indeed, most important stages of infancy. Although most pediatricians say the age is about six months, the timing can largely depend on factors such as the temperament and weight of the child. Therefore, do not worry if your baby is not yet giving you a good night’s sleep – this is absolutely normal!
Research shows that better sleep is based on consistency in consistent action, or in other words, adherence. While this sounds simple enough, parents know that in practice, things are much more complicated. Therefore, we have made a selection of useful recommendations that will help you develop the habit of your baby’s sleep on a regular basis. I guarantee that with the help of these simple actions the child will quickly plunge into the sleeping kingdom (and stay there for a long time)!
Bathing before bed
Often one of the biggest barriers to falling asleep quickly and getting sound sleep is getting your toddler overexcited after a busy day. Yes, yes, in 99% of cases, overexcitation is the main reason why your child is unable to calm down and fall asleep. To cope with the problem, we recommend that you bathe your baby in a warm bath an hour before bed – this will help him relax. The body temperature of young children decreases in the evening, but warm water will help restore their comfortable sensations. If repeated daily, this procedure will become associated in the child with relaxation and sleep. After bathing, wrap your baby in a soft, hooded towel to maintain a pleasant feeling of coziness until completely dry.
Cozy pajamas for baby
There is nothing more enjoyable than diving into soft pajamas after a warm, relaxing bath. Pajamas, put on before going to bed, will make the child feel comfortable and help him fall asleep much faster. You can, of course, opt for bright pajamas with fun prints, but we advise you to opt for pajamas in soothing colors with not too bright or repetitive patterns. Pajamas with floral motifs are suitable for girls, while pajamas are suitable for boys. Slip overalls or suits with popular now images, made as if by hand, look very funny. Your little ones will surely love them. It is important that pajamas are made from 100% cotton and have a loose fit to guarantee comfort while sleeping. Remember that pajamas need to be not only stylish but also practical, and must withstand a series of washings.
Reading bedtime stories
They say that sweet dreams usually come after wonderful stories, and it’s hard to disagree with that. Perhaps trying to wake up your toddler’s imagination is the last thing you want to do at night. However, scientific research shows that reading regularly before bed can help a child fall asleep faster. This is especially true for simple stories that are easy to listen to and are accompanied by funny illustrations. The kid has to concentrate, from this he calms down and gets a little tired, which ultimately prompts him to fall asleep. In addition, reading books is those wonderful, serene moments that will be remembered for many years not only to you, but also to your children. At a young age, reading can be made especially interesting if you adapt the stories specifically for your baby – so he can feel like one of the heroes of his favorite fairy tales.
By making simple changes to your child’s bedroom, you can get your child to sleep better and longer at night. In particular, the right lighting will help create a calm, relaxing atmosphere in the room that will greatly reduce the anxiety that young children often experience in the dark. Nightlights will be especially useful in the room of those babies who often wake up in the middle of the night. The design of nightlights can be varied – for example, nightlights in the form of a moon or a cloud. Such cute lamps will not only decorate the nursery, but will also contribute to the sweet sleep of the baby.
So, to summarize: your child will fall asleep quickly if you bathe him daily in warm water before going to bed, dress your baby in soft and loose pajamas, read calm and a little monotonous fairy tales to him at night, and provide the correct lighting in the children’s room.
If you have your own proven ways to help your child fall asleep quickly and sound asleep, please share them in the comments!