It is not uncommon for a new parent to make some serious mistakes when it comes to baby sleep. A lot of parents have broken newborn sleep rules and never seem to be able to get their sleep cycle back on track. If you find yourself in this position you are not alone, many parents have fallen into the same pit as you. There are things that you can do to get your baby to sleep and avoid making the same mistakes over again.
One of the biggest issues you will encounter is having a baby that is always crying during the night. You may be tempted to rock your baby, to try to sooth them but that may actually cause them to wake up even more. Instead, try giving them a soothing bath or rocking them to sleep with your arms underneath them.
Making sure that they are completely quiet during the night is an important thing to remember. Babies have the ability to go into a sleep state called hypnosis. They can enter this state at anytime and can come back out of it at any time. Using this to your advantage will be very effective in helping you get a good night’s sleep.
When a baby is awake, they are still active and moving around a lot. Being still only makes them feel inactive. So, during the day, keep your baby moving around. While you may think that your baby is still having a nap, that is not the case. They are constantly being active.
Newborns cannot fall asleep sitting still in one position for too long. This may help you when teaching your baby to go to bed, but if they can’t fall asleep sitting still than they will just move around more or worse yet, fall asleep on you. Trying to get them to sleep by holding them still is a bad idea. This will lead to confusion and your baby will not get the desired amount of sleep.
While you are teaching your baby to go to bed, do not use the baby monitor too much. A baby monitor will only give you a view of what is going on with your baby when you are not home. It may seem like a good idea at first, but you will find that your baby cannot sleep when using a baby monitor. Also, you will find that your baby does not learn anything from the monitor. All it is doing is displaying images.
Another rule of thumb when it comes to broken newborn sleep rules is to set a regular sleep schedule for them. Set a bedtime and wake time for them that are similar to how they would be during their natural waking hours. Many times, this will help them fall asleep easier. If they do not have a regular sleep routine set up for them, then try to get them on a set schedule that they can follow.
Some babies are able to sleep better when they are being comforted with their parents or other people while they are asleep. Others need more personal attention. There is no right answer here, as everyone has different preferences. As a parent, it is important to find what is best for your new born.
There are many options for a baby monitor. There are also many choices when it comes to brands. Before you buy a baby monitor, make sure you are familiar with the brand and the way it operates. This is very important when you are buying a wireless one that needs to be programmed before use. Reading the instructions on the baby monitor can be helpful in this process.
You might also wonder why certain sleep rules may not be appropriate for your baby. There are many factors at play. For instance, a baby that can not fall asleep on their own may have developmental issues that you need to take into consideration. If the baby wakes up crying in the middle of the night, then there is a problem.
Remember, everyone has their own preference when it comes to sleep rules for babies. It is up to you to find what works best for your new born. If you feel as though you do not have control over how your baby sleeps, do not feel as though you are being selfish by not helping your child. Babies depend on us for everything.