Parents are amongst the most sleep deprived people in the world. The fact of the matter is that new parents can’t really expect to have non-obstructive sleep in the process of raising the infants. Goes without saying, be prepared to stay awake and enjoy your sleep in breaks. As such, parents should be able to create a favorable environment for the infant to sleep, or else the baby might wake up every day in the middle of the night, thereby disrupting everybody’s sleep.
Remember, a newborn baby can sleep for around 15 to 20 hours a day. That being said, they won’t sleep non-stop for those many hours. Their routine day would involve 3-5 doses of sleep in regular intervals. It won’t be an understatement to claim that they will sleep and wake up at weird hours of the day/night. Remember, the key is to ensure that the baby gets good sleep. In this manner, you will be able to get good sleep as well. Creating a perfect sleeping environment is all about consistency. You may have to work on several factors to figure out what works best for your infant. Below are some basic pointers that one can keep in mind.
First and foremost, you need to ensure that the baby is being made to sleep in a dark and quiet place. For most babies, the surrounding noise serves as a wake-up call. Besides this, you also need to pay heed to the room temperature. Make sure that the room temperature is appropriate for the child to have a nice sleep. Also, ensure that you make use of good mattress and other accessories for a safe sleep. If your baby has developed a breastfeeding pattern before going to sleep, then do not miss out on the regular routine, or else the baby will wake up before dawn. Also, after the baby has fallen asleep, keep track of his/her activities if you are still awake. If required, change the diapers before the baby wakes up feeling uncomfortable. Have a night lamp in the baby’s room so that you can quietly check his/her activities.
Developing a regular routine is the best way to ensure that the toddler sleeps independently. Infants can associate themselves with a familiar pattern of events. For instance, some babies sleep in the lap first and then the parents place them on the bed. The idea over here is to create a solid bedtime routine. This means that you will have to consistently follow a particular routine for several days/weeks, so that the baby adjusts to the predictable routine. He/she will know that after a bath, they need to go to sleep. Some parents may consider reading a book or might offer them bottle milk to develop a predictable pattern. That being said, you will feel as if you have achieved a monumental milestone in life, when the baby masters the art of sleeping securely during the night.