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A baby does not sleep on a schedule, at least not at the very beginning. While they typically sleep 14 to 17 hours a day, their slumber comes at timings unknown. This could mean your baby being randomly awake during daytime or nighttime, or sleeping throughout the day and waking up at an ungodly hour. It may be fine as long as your baby is getting enough sleep. But the tiring thing is when your baby does not sleep at night, neither do you. And if you’re a working parent, this can affect your focus at work as your sleep is disrupted and you become even more sleep-deprived than you already are.
In this case, what you need to do is help your little one fall asleep at night, so that you can get your rest as well. Here are some tips that you can follow.
Develop a calming bedtime routine
When it’s time for your bedtime, your baby might not get the message if you simply try to put him or her down to bed. So, it’s a good idea to create and repeat the same steps every day for your baby to get used to. For example, giving your baby a bath first, then feeding one last time for the day, singing softly, and lastly, settling him or her in the crib and switching off the lights. This way, your baby starts to associate the flow from bath to gentle singing to the bed and finally to lights out as a signal to sleep.
Remember that consistency is key. By developing a routine, everything becomes a habit and will come very naturally. In no time at all, your baby will start to become sleepy during the routine, and especially so if it is done at the same time every night.
Drown out sounds during bedtime
Sometimes, having the room be too quiet may not be the best thing. This is because the slightest sound such as the turning of the doorknob, the ringing of your phone in another room, or the flush of the toilet may disturb and wake your baby from sleep. And when your baby’s sleep is disrupted… Well, you know what comes next.
To prevent all that, you could get a white noise machine to drown out the sounds. This way, you could even watch Netflix with your baby in the same room without him or her being startled awake because the white noise becomes background noise that covers the sounds. But of course, this does not mean that any loud sounds would be fine. After all, the white noise can only cover sounds up to a certain level. So, it would be best to still keep the volume low.
Give your baby time to settle down
You may be ready to rest, but your baby may not be. It could take some time for your little one to be relaxed enough to drift off to sleep. There are plenty of reasons as to why a baby might not be able to sleep so easily. He or she could perhaps be finding a comfortable position to settle down in, could be restless, or could be upset at something. What you need to do here is reassure your baby. You could speak softly and gently and just be comforting while providing a safe space. That might just do the trick.
The important thing is to not force your baby to sleep. If you do, your baby might start associating bedtime with conflict and stress, making it even more challenging to put him or her to bed. Being too pushy and forcing your baby to fall asleep will not make things easier. In fact, the harder you push, the more excited your baby gets. And that could result in you having a long night.
Give your baby a massage
Massaging your baby on the regular could get his or her circadian rhythm running the ideal way, which is sleeping at night and being awake during the daytime. In addition, massages help with a common occurrence in babies, colic, which is said to be caused by gas and indigestion. Colic can keep babies awake and crying at night. So, one way to soothe your little one is by giving your baby massage for colic. A colic baby massage is a little different from a normal baby massage Singapore as the former is more focused on the tummy. The massage will require some rubbing, gentle stroking, and light pressing. By doing it correctly, it could ease your baby of the discomfort.
Here at PNSG, our postnatal massage package comes with a free tutorial of baby massage Singapore, where our therapists share knowledge and steps on how to give a proper massage to your baby. What are you waiting for? Contact us and learn from our masseuse who can guide and give you a demonstration.