5 Mistakes Parents Make When Getting Babies To Sleep

by | August 3, 2018

Do you feel like you’re never going to be able to sleep again? Don’t worry, it’s not just you. Here are some of the most common mistakes parents make when getting babies to sleep.

1. Setting expectations too high

Just because you’ve heard about babies that sleep through the night at eight weeks or, or take hour long naps twice a day doesn’t mean that every baby will. You have to remember that all babies are different and that for them to wake up during the night is completely normal, and common. Most babies don’t sleep through the night until about four or five months old, waking up to need a feed. It’s also worth noting that babies can’t tell the difference between night and day until around four months old. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t start teaching them the difference, making daytime feeds chatty and fun, and night time feeds more quiet and soothing.

2. Relying on motion to try to get them to sleep

Do you find yourself driving around to get your baby to sleep? Relying on the motion of a car or baby swing to get them to sleep might be great at the start, but you’ll end up getting your baby into a routine of needing the motion to sleep. And driving around to get your baby to sleep every night is not the best option.

3. Putting your baby to bed too late

It can be tempting to keep your baby up late when you have been working all day and get home, but it’s never a good idea to keep your baby awake too late. When they’re overtired its much harder getting babies to sleep and they tend to wake up a lot more during the night. Keeping a bedtime routine and sticking too it is the best way to go, even if you feel like you’re missing out on those precious moments.

4. Overstimulating your baby before bedtime

Do you find it harder to go to sleep if you’re watching tv or there’s loud music playing? Well getting babies to sleep is the same principle. If you’re trying to get your little one to sleep, try to have as little stimulation as possible for them to get distracted by. Try putting your baby to bed in a darkened room with a fan or a white noise machine to block out the noise from the rest of the house. Try to have a bedtime routine with them, like taking a bath, singing lullabies, and reading stories.

5. Not being consistent with their bedtime routine

If you have a bedtime routine, stick to it. Babies need the consistency, going to bed at the same time, doing the same thing right before you put them to bed etc. By keeping up this routine your baby will associate these simple actions with bedtime and begin to get tired themselves. Yes, your baby will probably still wake up at least once during the night, but getting them back to sleep shouldn’t be too hard if you stick to the same routine.

 

Do you have any tips for getting babies to sleep? Let us know in the comments below!

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