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Nap Time: 4 Tips to Help Your Baby Fall Sleep

Your newborn probably has an erratic sleep schedule, newborn’s sleep in short bursts around the clock and do not distinguish between night and day.

By the time your baby is just a few weeks old, there are steps you can take to help them differentiate between day and night so that you can help them have a more constructive sleep schedule. These four tips can help your baby fall asleep.

Use Daylight to Your Advantage

The sleep cycle is regulated by melatonin. The release of melatonin is triggered by darkness. You can use this fact to help regulate your infant’s sleep cycle.

Allow plenty of sunshine to enter your home during the day, and put baby down for naps in a lit room. To encourage your child to fall asleep at night, dim the lights in the room that you and your baby spend the most time in two hours before bedtime. This encourages the production of melatonin, and your baby will have an easier time falling asleep.

Develop a Consistent Routine

Put your child to bed sleepy, but awake. A soothing 15 minute ritual before putting your child to sleep is helpful, such as a bath and a lullaby. Some suggest developing a softly spoken phrase that your baby learns to associate with sleep.

Avoid Teaching Baby to Play at Night

Avoid eye contact during nighttime feedings. Direct eye contact with mom or dad may signal to baby that it’s time to play. Keep nighttime feedings as low key and subtly lit as possible, so your little one has an easier time going back to sleep.

Be Sure Everyone’s on the Same Page

Once your baby is four to six months old, you may want to begin sleep training. Before you move on to any sleep-training method, discuss the matter with your pediatrician, like Rural Health Services Consortium Inc. or one in your area. Your doctor may want to rule out any medical concerns that interfere with your baby’s sleep patterns, such as allergies, reflux or sleep apnea.

After ruling out any health concerns, you will want to enlist the help of those around you. Discuss various sleep training methods with your partner. Decide together how you will proceed.

There is a difference between helping your infant fall asleep and helping them learn to fall asleep. When it comes to encouraging your baby’s sleep habits, there is no approach that works for everyone. If one method is not working, it is perfectly fine to try something else. You and your baby will decide which solutions work best for you.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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