One of the main problems Mummies have is getting their baby to sleep.Babies tend to have restless nights, broken sleep and erratic patterns. That means that you don't get much sleep either which is probably one of the hardest challenges of parenthood. There is no magic trick that will make your child fall asleep right away, but there are some things you can do to help them get a good nights sleep. If you want to perfect your baby's sleep routine, you need to keep things simple. Your baby will thrive on repetition and routine. You need to keep to a routine so that your child knows when it is bedtime and time for sleep.
Get into a straightforward routine
First, sort out your routine. If your baby tends to cry a lot at night, you will need to put them to bed as early as possible. That way, when they do start to cry, you will still have time to settle them. You should carry out the same things each time before putting your baby to bed. For example, you might bathe your child right before they go to sleep. Doing the same things, will send a signal to your little one that it's time to sleep.
Create the right environment
Of course, you will already have a cot in your baby's room, but you need to make sure that the environment is right. Children are highly sensitive to light, which is why they wake up so early. You should get some roller blinds so that you can block out any external light. This trick is particularly useful in summer when the sun sets late. You will likely want to put your child to sleep before sundown, which means that you need to create a dark environment for them. You will, of course, need to make sure that the room is cool enough for your baby to sleep.
Make sure nighttime feeds are calm
You will probably have to feed your baby during the night, which means that you will need to get up to do so. Whether you're breastfeeding or using a bottle, this can be a real strain. In the day, you will find that your baby loves feeding and makes quite a lot of fuss as you feed them. At night, though, you want to keep your child as calm as possible. Be as quiet as you can so that your child doesn't fully wake up. That way, they will drop right back off to sleep.
Give your baby something comfortable
Remember when you were a child? Did you have something like a comfort blanket? Well, these little things can make a big difference when your baby is trying to sleep. Whether it's a teddy bear or a blanket, you need to give your child something they can hold onto when they sleep. Often, they like these things because they smell like you. You should choose something that your child will love.
Be patient with your child
The final thing you need to remember is that this entire process will take time. Your baby might struggle when it comes to sleeping at first. In fact, many children find this part of their routine tricky when they are young. You need to give your baby space to relax and get used to sleeping through the night. It will be hard for you at first, but be patient. In time, your baby will get into a routine, and you will finally get some sleep as well.
I know how difficult it can be when you're a new mommy, but you can do it! If you follow some of my advice, it will hopefully help your baby's sleep routine.