Sunday, 22 December 2013

How to get your baby to sleep

There are some strangest things that can help you put your baby to sleep. If nothing is working you may try these tips and tricks.

There are some strangest things that can help you put your baby to sleep. You’ve tried the good old grandma recipes, nice hot milk and a lullaby but it just, you know, won’t work. It’s been awhile since you got your 8 hour’s sleep, and you can’t remember when was the last time your baby went to sleep in less than an hour of crying. It’s time to take some other measures.
1)     While still bathing in mommy’s uterus, the baby couldn’t hear clear sounds. All she could hear was muffled humming of her mother’s heart, lungs and intestines. This was her lullaby for the past nine or so months. And if nothing else works you may try one of these sounds. I know it sounds weird but it really helped my kid fall asleep in his rough period. Just don’t play it too loud and the sandman will bring sleep very soon.

2)     Find out what’s buggingyour baby and keeping her awake. If she’s not sleeping there may be a reason. Cramps often cause lack of sleep, there are some medications to take care of that, but I find a warm padding the best solution (if there is a solution at all, sometimes you can just wait for it to go away and everything else just keeps it bearable). He can have a runny nose, and there are no sprays for too young infants, so the right thing to do would be holding him up so the mucus can run freely without blocking the nose.  Or he may just be hungry, hot or cold.
3)     When she gets older, four months or more, it’s time to get her into the habit of sleeping at the same time, after a bath and an oil massage, and a bottle of milk. Resist the temptation of letting the cartoons bore her to sleep. It may do more harm than good.
4)     You may actually irritate him with your lullaby, especially if it’s something like “Right foot hop, left foot hop”. Try something more boring like “Row your boat” and loop it again and again until you start to feel dizzy.
5)     Don’t try to get her tired before bedtime hoping she’ll fall asleep sooner. You’ll just get her asking for more activities. Keep it calm, warm and with soft dimmed lights and speak in low calm voice at least an hour before bedtime.
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