One of the most difficult aspects of early parenthood is getting your baby to sleep and staying asleep. Fortunately, we can help you avoid the most popular sleep blunders made by parents and increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. Here is the list of 6 mistakes you might be making in case of your baby sleep.
Six common mistakes new parents make when it comes to newborn sleep
Safe sleep guidelines can be difficult to understand (especially when you’re tired). Make sure you’re not making any of these popular baby sleep mistakes by checking this list.
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- Excessively high expectations
You’ve must have herd of eight-week-old babies who sleep through the night or take two-hour naps twice a day. It’s difficult not to ask why your baby isn’t following in your footsteps.
It’s important to remember that every baby is different, and that waking up in the middle of the night is completely natural and common. When they are three or four months old, most babies are unable to sleep through the night without a bottle. When they are at least six months old, several babies wake up for night feeds. But you’re not on your own.
It’s also worth noting that when your baby is about two or three months old, he won’t be able to tell the difference between night and day. This doesn’t mean you can’t start showing him the difference, so make daytime feeds lively and entertaining, while nighttime feeds are calm and calming.
2. Putting your child to bed at an inappropriate hour
Baby bedtime should be between 7.30 and 9 p.m., but in some families, it may be as late as 11 p.m. It’s tempting to keep your baby awake so you can spend more time with him after a long day at work or doing household chores. Maybe you’re hoping he’ll get so exhausted that he’ll pass out.
Keeping your child up for some reason is not a good idea. Babies who are overtired have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep. They still have a tendency to wake up earlier than they would if they went to bed at a more normal hour.
It’s much easier to develop and adhere to a bedtime routine. Don’t put it off before your baby starts yawning and rubbing his eyes. Even an additional 15 to 20 minutes of sleep will make a significant difference.
You’ll even have to keep track of your baby’s naptimes. Make sure he doesn’t take a long afternoon nap; otherwise, he may not fall asleep until late.
It’s understandable if you don’t want to wake your sleeping baby from his afternoon nap, but it’s perfectly acceptable to do so in order to help him establish a sleep schedule.
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3. Counting on motion to put him to sleep.
Have you ever sighed with relief when your baby slept in his car seat, stroller, or bouncer? Do you rock your baby to sleep with a palna, fabric cradle, or jhoola?
While these methods can give you a much-needed break, don’t fall into the pit of relying solely on motion to get your baby to sleep. It’s impractical to have to drive your baby every night, or spend time rocking him in a cradle or in your arms.
Your baby may develop a dependency on motion to fall asleep, which means he’ll need the same level of care every time he goes to bed or wakes up in the middle of the night. If your baby is agitated or fussy, it’s fine to use motion to calm him down.But don’t make it a daily part of his bedtime routine. If your child is rocked to sleep by grandparents or other family members, talk to them about it. It’s important for everyone to stick to the same schedule when it comes to your kid.
4. Overstimulating your child prior to bedtime
While you may have placed a mobile above your baby’s cot for his or her safety, the spinning toys, sounds, and lights may be distracting. It’s possible that watching them will hold him alert rather than teach him that it’s time to go to bed.
It’s preferable to put your baby to bed in a darkened room. Don’t be concerned about him being scared. He’s far too young to have established fears of the dark. Some parents think that white noise, such as the buzzing sound of a fan or air conditioner (during hot weather), or the buzzing sound of a fan or air conditioner, helps because it muffles any noise from the rest of the house or outside. Try to wind down your baby with soothing rather than energetic games before bedtime or as part of your bedtime routine. Lullabies and sweet nursery rhymes will soothe him and teach him that it is time to sleep.TVs, laptops, and tablets should all be kept out of the bedroom. Electronic screen light can interrupt sleep patterns and make it difficult to sleep. Avoid television before bedtime because it can be highly distracting, making it difficult for children to relax and fall asleep.
5. Leaving your baby’s bedtime routine unattended
You would think that a routine consisting of a bath or massage, a book, and a lullaby isn’t necessary for a baby. Or maybe you’re too lazy some days to keep going.
However, providing a series of relaxing, enjoyable activities prior to bedtime is critical in preparing your child for sleep.
For your kid, you can build any routine you want. Only make sure it’s a collection of calming steps that you do in the same order every night at about the same time.
If your baby still needs an evening feed, consider putting it at the beginning rather than the end of your bedtime routine so that he or she doesn’t equate eating with sleeping. If he wakes up in the middle of the night, this can help him relax.
There will be occasions when you will need to miss the bedtime routine, such as when you have to attend a family party, celebrate a festival, or when Nana and Nani want to spend some time with their grandson. You shouldn’t have too much trouble getting your baby back into the habit of sleeping on time if such deviations from the routine are few and far between.
If you live in a joint family, family members may want to play with or sleep with your infant, making it difficult to establish a schedule. If this is the case, telling your family that establishing a schedule would help your baby be less irritable and easier to manage can be beneficial. If both you and your spouse work, you can have to depend on a family member or a maid to put your child to bed every night. Find someone who is trustworthy and will carry out your orders even though you are not present.
6. Failing to be consistent with your child
If you’ve decided to start sleep training your baby, it’s important to be consistent with how you treat his night-time waking and how you put him to bed each night. When nothing else seems to be working, it’s tempting to fall back on feeding or rocking to sleep.
If you give your baby the opportunity, he can quickly learn to self-settle. When he wakes up in the middle of the night, tell him it’s time to go back to sleep. Shush him gently and touch him on the back to comfort him, then walk away from him. If he still isn’t settling, check again in a few minutes and repeat the process. When you first begin sleep training, you will have to repeat this process hundreds of times.
Keep the same bedtime routine every night to help your baby understand when it’s time to go to bed. A warm bath, a massage, a final breastfeeds or bottle, a peaceful game, and a few lullabies will all aid in your baby’s sleep.