How To Put A Baby To Sleep in 40 Seconds
How To Put a Baby to Sleep in Less Than A Minute
Sleeping aids a child’s development, and one of the significant adjustments for a new parent is sleep. The duration that your child sleeps depends on the parents. Proper sleep helps your child’s being, behaviour, and mental health.
Even with the limited waking hours available for your body to try out, there’s still plenty going on while they sleep. A baby’s sleep differs from an adult’s, and the importance of your baby’s sleep can help prepare them to process and explore the environment, help your baby’s brain to develop correctly, and help your baby learn and respond to the world. Here’s a newborn baby guide to make this process easier on parents.
You might say your baby never sleeps, or maybe your baby sleeps too much at the wrong times, but you need to understand your baby’s sleeping pattern even at that. Most babies form sleeping patterns in the first twelve months of their life. Newborns can sleep up to 12-18 hours a day even with their night sleep extended too. In a few weeks, you will find out that your body stays up longer and consequently sleeps for a longer time, but remember that all babies are not the same and have unique sleeping patterns. You should know that your baby observes different states of consciousness throughout the day. Babies spend half of their time in each of these states:
- Active Sleep (Rapid eye movement): This is the state in which your baby is in, and their breathing becomes more regular, and they might switch positions at the sound of some noise
- Deep Sleep (quiet sleep): This is the state in which your baby lies quietly and makes minimal movement, twitching
There are also waking or active states;
- Quiet Alert: Your baby’s eyes open wide, their face lights up, and they are silent.
- Active Alert: Your baby’s face moves actively
- Drowsiness: Your baby’s eyes close, and they fall asleep.
- Crying: Your baby cries and may even scream, and their body moves in sporadic ways.
It is important to know your baby’s state and cues because it helps you become very much aware and responsive to the rhythm of your baby’s sleep pattern.
Research has shown that sleep habits, mother-baby interaction, and feeding patterns can significantly affect a baby’s sleep pattern development. In addition, your temperament and stress levels are vital points in your baby’s sleep as a parent. For example, negative temperament has been associated with sleep problems and night wakefulness.
Some behavioural interventions you can put in place to help create positive sleeping habits in your baby, such as encouraging your baby to self-soothe. Self-soothing is when you can fall asleep at the beginning of the night and get back to sleep if you wake up during the night, and it is an essential ingredient for the development of the sleep-wake pattern.
Babies who self-soothe are known to be better sleepers, and babies who regularly need help go through sleep-wake patterns. Self-soothing can be accompanied by forming a sleep routine for your baby.
Swaddling is another way to calm and soothe your baby. Swaddling helps them sleep and helps them sleep on their back, preventing them from turning on to their front or heaving their head covered by beddings.
How Long Will A Newborn Sleep?
Newborns usually get 14-17 hours of sleep; some can also get up to 18-19 hours daily. Newborns who sleep for longer times should be awakened to eat. You should wake your baby every 3-4 hours to eat till your baby’s weight increases, and this usually happens in a couple of weeks. Also, letting your baby sleep for longer at night is alright. Babies have unique sleep patterns; some start to sleep through the night for at least 5-6 hours straight, mostly at 2-3 months, while some babies do not.
Tips On How Your Baby Sleeps
In the first few weeks of a baby’s life, some parents want their babies in their bed, either in their cot, or portable crib, as long as it is in their room instead of a nursery. It helps keep your baby nearby, makes feeding comfortable, and makes monitoring easier. However, while sharing a room is safe, allowing your infant to sleep in bed with the parent is not secure. In addition, sharing a bed with an infant increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related death, be observant of your baby to know if you need a doctor urgently.
Here are some tips for a safe sleep environment
- Always place the baby on their back to sleep, not on their stomach or side.
- Cover the mattress with a sheet that fits appropriately. Be sure to meet crib safety standards.
- Do not put any other thing in the crib or bassinet. Keep toys, comforter, and bumper pads out of the baby’s sleeping area.
- Don’t overdress a baby. Dress the baby to room temperature to avoid overheating.
- Put the baby to sleep with the aid of a pacifier, but if your baby refuses the pacifier, do not force it.
It is hard to differentiate night from day in a baby’s brain. Sadly, there are no tricks to make this faster, but it helps keep things quiet and calm during night diaper changes and feeding.
How To Put Newborn To Sleep Fast
One way to put your baby to sleep is to keep the light low and restrain yourself from talking or playing with the baby, as this will signal the baby’s brain that nighttime is for sleeping.
Do not keep a baby up during the day, hoping they will sleep better at night.
Overly exhausted infants have more trouble sleeping at night than infants with enough rest during the day.
How to Put a Hyper Baby to Sleep
Another trick to putting a baby to sleep is trying to master the four B’s: bath, book, bed, and bottle. Do you know that a planned bedtime routine can work magic? Make the order in the best suitable way, but it involves a soothing and relaxing bath followed by a bedtime story; give one last feeding afterwards, and a quick massage of the baby’s knees, wrist, elbow, and shoulders should follow. The massage should focus on the baby’s joints. After the massage, leave the baby’s nursery by turning off the light and swaying the crib till they sleep off.