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22 May 2014

Baby Sleep Tips – Creating a Good Sleeping Environment

Newborn sleeping habits can be one of the most baffling issues for new parents. It makes parenthood challenging simply because newborns simply don’t snooze like the rest of us. It’s like facing a never ending series of sleepless nights and zombie-like days. Baby Sleep Tips   Creating a Good Sleeping Environment

All newborns are different and their sleeping habits also vary tremendously. Some tend to sleep better than the others, prompting their parents to say how “lucky” or “unlucky” they have been.

Newborn babies have no idea about the difference between night and day, or how routine works. Some tend to sleep for 12 hours a day, while most babies sleep in short cat naps. Yes, it can be difficult at first. Nevertheless, there are plethoras of baby sleep tips that can help you adjust and speed up how your baby can sleep soundly on their own.

Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Better

As a parent, you have to help your baby adjust to the rhythm of life in the outside world. You can get your baby to sleep on their own in a timely fashion. Remember that it is a transition of sleeping inside your womb to sleeping on their own.

What you can do is to begin establishing a recognizable sleep routine during the night and day. This will help your baby move past his irregular newborn sleep cycle.

The best thing you have to do is to create the best environment for your baby to fall asleep in.

Best Environment for Newborns

Most people assume that babies sleep well in a quiet environment. We tend to tiptoe or whisper around our sleeping baby. Although a peaceful environment is the best for us adults, it’s different for babies.

The truth is, newborns don’t need to sleep in a totally peaceful and silent environment.

Remember that newborns have been sleeping in the past nine months inside a mother’s womb. The womb is not a serene place you might think it is. Inside the womb, the situations were far from quiet. Your baby is surrounded by the sounds of the mother’s heartbeat, the digestive system and other bodily functions are actually loud. There are also some background noises especially when a mother is out in public, socializing with people, attending a concert or even just watching a movie. This is the reason why newborn babies can sleep well when they are exposed to those “white” background noises.

Allow some ambient white noise when your baby goes to sleep. In fact, babies can sleep better if they are surrounded by repetitive sound like that of a fan. Light background chatter other soothing music can help put your baby to sleep. Those white noise seems to work for them because of the consistent sound it brings.  So you really won’t have to shush everyone and worry about sounds sabotaging your baby’s rest. Just make sure it’s not a loud banging noise.

If your baby gets to fall asleep when there are people in the room, allow them to stay there. You don’t have to move your baby into a quiet room.

Remember how we get to fall asleep in a moving car? It will work for your baby too. A humming noise, a humidifier or a fan in your baby’s room usually do wonders.

There are also products in the market that creates those ambient white noises, like audio CDs containing tracks of soothing noise. It’s not necessary to have these. You can simply try leaving the door of your baby’s room slightly ajar.

Enjoy this stage while it lasts. When you create the best possible environment for your baby’s sleep, you are helping your baby to fall asleep better on his own. As your baby grows and gets on schedule, he will start to become more aware of his environment. That’s the time when noise, voices and other distractions will start to matter.

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