5 Tips for Baby Bedtime Success
April 28, 2020
Bold Commerce Collaborator
There’s no perfect process for getting your newborn to sleep longer stretches at night. For new parents, especially, it can be frustrating when nothing seems to work, and both you and the baby stay cranky and tired after days of little to no sleep. It’s all about trying different methods until you find something that works for your baby, so don’t give up hope!
Though every baby is unique in their behaviors and patterns, there are a couple ways to make it easier for your little one to get some shut-eye. Aubrey Gianna is here to help with five tried and true tips to promote a good night’s sleep for your baby (and you)!
Set a Routine Schedule
Setting a consistent bedtime routine is the key to helping your baby stay asleep for longer. This means waking up, feeding them, and starting a nighttime routine at the same time every day. Repetition and structure is comforting, especially to babies, because they know what to expect.
Most babies are receptive to a bedtime routine around 6 to 8 weeks old. After their last feeding, give the baby a bath, change their diaper, and engage in some quiet time about 45 minutes to an hour before sleep.
For older babies or toddlers, allow them to engage in quiet, calming activities, like reading. Avoid turning on the TV or exposing them to any blue light, as this will disrupt the release of sleep-inducing melatonin.
The swaddling technique is a well-established method of helping babies fall asleep and stay asleep longer! Wrapping your baby in a snug blanket recreates the comfort of the womb which helps to calm them down.
If you’re looking for the perfect blanket to swaddle your baby, browse Aubrey Gianna’s collection of Swaddle Blankets. We create our blankets out of a thin and stretchy, single-layer fabric, so your baby can fall asleep comfortably.
For more tips on swaddling and their benefits, check out our blog on how to knot-swaddle your baby!
Teddy Bears and Blankies
Encourage your child to take their favorite teddy bear or “blankie” with them to bed. These items offer a sense of security for children, helping them feel comfortable and unafraid, even without Mom and Dad.
When your infant outgrows their need for a swaddle blanket, you can use it as a security blanket! Aubrey Gianna’s Swaddle Blankets are designed to grow with your baby, measuring 44” x 44”. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, find a blanket you and your baby will love!
Cool and Comfortable
The recommended temperature for a baby’s room is between 68 and 72 degrees. Overheating can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Some signs of overheating include flushed cheeks, a sweaty head, or unusually restless sleep.
A light pair of pajamas and a swaddle blanket is enough to keep your baby warm and snug. Or opt for the best of both worlds by dressing them in a one-piece knotted gown! Aubrey Gianna’s Knot Gowns keep your babies snug and comfortable and gets rid of the need for an extra blanket that can end up covering their little faces.
Keep Calm and Carry On
There will be several times when your baby wakes up in the middle of the night crying. Your first instinct will be to immediately tend to the baby, as you don’t want to wake the rest of the house.
When you walk into the nursery, remember to stay calm and relaxed, or else your baby will pick up how tense you are, starting a never-ending cycle of unrest and unhappiness. Remember to breathe and think of a relaxing place before you enter the room. If you pick up your baby, try not to hold them for longer than a minute or two, and avoid eye-contact. As soon as they begin to calm down or feel drowsy, set them back down.
For most infants, crying peaks at six weeks old and gradually lessens, so stay patient and know that bedtime will get easier for you and your little one! Remember that your baby will eventually learn to self-soothe, and every effort you make towards establishing a routine and finding what works best for your baby is setting them up for success.
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