Improve baby's sleep
All parents dream of a baby who sleeps at night, who does not cry to fall asleep, a child who spends peaceful nights to recover well from long days of learning. But do you know that you can influence your child's sleep quality? Here are some tips that can help improve baby's sleep.
No rush, we're trying to be patient!
During the first four months of your baby's life, he doesn't know the difference between day and night. Some mothers are luckier than others, but it is a happy coincidence that their baby prefers to sleep at night and not during the day. You should not and therefore will not be able to force your baby to sleep during his first months, but you can help him in his recognition of the day and night by leaving the shutters open when he takes a nap during the day, so he will tend to sleep less than at night when it is dark.
If you are stressed about sleeping, chances are your child will feel this stress and refuse to fall asleep. So try instead to set up a bedtime ritual that will relax everyone. Take advantage of the bath to spend a pleasant moment with baby, after the bath try to massage your child to relax him and prepare him for sleep. Don't rush him to bed in the hope of spending a quiet evening, tell him a story or sing him a lullaby so he can fall asleep in the best conditions. If baby cries before going to sleep: check his diaper, give him some water (and water) to drink, give him a (very) big hug, but if he keeps crying when everything looks okay and he's not in pain, then don't run. Let him cry for a few minutes, most children need to cry before they fall into Morpheus' arms. Your baby feels all the stress and tension, be zen and patient, your baby will necessarily feel it positively.
Give him some pointers
Help your baby to better identify the time of evening and therefore sleep. At bedtime, use softer lights (or turn down the dimmers) and lower the sound level (TV, music, conversations) to create a muffled atmosphere. Avoid stimulating your child before going to sleep, there is no question of having a tickling game just before going to bed this is not the time! Also avoid yelling at the tall guy who doesn't want to clean his room!
On the other hand, in the morning, bring more light into his room and share with him the sounds of the house waking up.
Take care of the layout of your room
To create an environment conducive to rest and quality sleep, the baby's room must be tidy because it is very difficult to rest in the middle of the disorder. Avoid toys that are lying around, adopt a bin system to make storage easier.
The crib must not be overrun with stuffed animals, only one is allowed to sleep with baby: his cuddly toy! All the others must be stored out of bed for safety reasons. To ensure that your baby gets a perfectly safe night's sleep, have him sleep in a sleeping bag (no duvet or blanket until he is one year old to avoid any risk of suffocation). For mattresses and bed linen, prefer natural materials that allow better air circulation and good temperature regulation. Synthetic materials increase babies' perspiration and cause many night awakenings.
Be careful not to overheat the room, the ideal temperature for a child's room is about 18°. To know if your baby is sleeping at the right temperature, he should have his body warm in his sleeping bag but his hands cold, if his hands are warm, you should uncover him or lower the room temperature. Finally, remember to air the room every day for at least 10 minutes regardless of the season.