1. Start early: The day you come home from the hospital you should start training your baby to sleep! This doesn’t mean your baby will be sleeping through the night day one. It only means you are getting on a schedule right away and starting to learn what works and what doesn’t. This also means who are not letting your baby sleep in your bed. If your baby is already a few months old don’t worry, you can still train them at this time, but it may be a little harder and take more time, so be patient!
2. Have the right equipment: And I don’t mean swings, vibrating chairs, or co-sleepers. I know it can be tempting to use these things, and they may work for a little while; but your baby will soon out grow them. Once they do out grow these things you will have to start over again, and train them to sleep with out them. I personally like to limit the special chairs like that to day time naps. The one thing I used on both my boys was a Swaddle Blanket. This thing works wonders! Your baby is used to being all squashed up and cozy in your belly, and they love that feeling of being held and bundled up! My tips for using this is only use it at night. During the day my boys take naps without the swaddle blanket. I thought it would help them understand the difference between night and day sleeping. It would also give them practice sleeping with out it at a time of day I didn’t mind being up with them.
3. Make noise: During the day I don’t tip toe around during nap times. I do dishes, vacuum, and my babies learned to sleep through it. This can also help your baby to understand the daytime from the nighttime. At night all is quiet and calm for them to sleep. I also used a sound machine for both of my babies. You have to remember were they are coming from. Hearing your heart beat from the inside all day long and now in this big scary world. When my babies slept in my room I got an app on my phone that has womb nose that really helped them stay calm and self sooth. You could also use a sound machine.
4. Follow the E.A.S.Y method: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg and really like her method. Eat, Activity, Sleep, You time. Instead of nursing or feeding your baby to fall asleep give them activity that will help them sleep. This way your baby will never need a bottle for bed, but instead their normal activities will put them to sleep. What I do is, as soon as Eli wakes up he eats. Then we have tummy time, play, talk, and sing and when he starts to look tired I will rock him just long enough that he is calm and his eyes are getting heavy. I will then place him down for a nap. Putting your baby down before they are fully asleep will help them understand that they sleep in their crib and not in your arms. When a baby is placed in the crib completely asleep he could wake up surprised that you are not there and cry for you. And last the” Y” you time. While the baby naps, you should nap! Or at least kick up your feet for a few minutes and relax.
5. Enjoy your time: Babies can sense you are worked up or frustrated. The calmer you can be the calmer your baby will be. As hard as it can be, try to enjoy those quiet moments you get to be with your baby even if it is as 2am. Sooner then you think your baby will be too big to rock and cuddle and you will miss those moments that you had with them. Take it all in, smell their sweet baby scent, feel their soft baby skin, and kiss their chubby baby cheeks. All of it will be gone to soon, and you will long for those nights you where up all night just holding your little one.
6. Be patient: Remember that even the best sleepers will sometimes wake up at night, a tummy ache, and even a growth spurt may keep your little one up from time to time. Being up with a baby isn’t always easy when your eyes are heavy and your body is completely exhausted. Remember the love they have for you and how your warm arms and quiet voice is so special to them at this age!
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