We know that new parents usually don’t get a good night sleep, but you are not alone. Babies also have disturbed sleep. By three months your baby begins to understand the difference between night and day so you can also start establishing good sleep habits. Though every baby is different and so is their sleeping routine but being a parent you can help them have a good night’s sleep. So here are some tips and ways to help your child get good sleep:
- Bedtime means separation, and that can be easier for kids with a personal object, like a doll, teddy bear, or blanket. It can provide a sense of security and control.
- Put your baby to bed each night at the same time, this will help them regulate sleep pattern and body clock. Sometime between 7–8.30pm is ideal – any later than this and your baby is likely to become over tired.
- Sit with your baby in the room with dim lights and begin to relax, give your baby cuddles and chat with them. Dim lights relax the atmosphere.
- Give your child a gentle massage. In case they are tired they will feel relaxed and sleep peacefully. Try massaging her arms and legs with a little warm oil before you get her dressed for bed.
- You can sing or play a lullaby to help your baby sleep and turn off all the other noises.
- If your baby has trouble settling down, a pacifier might help.
- Soft sheets, room darkening shades, and relative quiet can help your child differentiate between day and night, making it easier to fall asleep.
- If your child over five years is still napping during the day, try to keep the nap to no longer than 20 minutes and no later than early afternoon.
- Everyone sleeps better in a room that is cool but not cold.