'What to expect when you're expecting' gave us a crash course in immediate parenthood. But the task only gets difficult as your little angel starts growing up. Major issues that most parents face are related to their child's sleep patterns. It is every parents recurring nightmare to deal with an exhausted self and an exhausted child. Here are a few ways you can probably work out to put your little kiddo to sleep.
Try and figure out your baby's nap routines. Monitor the time span and accordingly plan your play time with your child. Sleeping like eating cannot be forced upon. So, give your child enough time to mellow down. As and when they get tired with all the play, they'll eventually go to sleep.
First few weeks will be a little tiring but figure out where your baby sleeps the most comfortable. It need not be his crib or your bed. It can be your noisy living room where your baby falls asleep listening to household chores.
One can also figure out their baby's eating habits. If eating makes us calm and satisfied, it should work with our babies as well. I've tried this one and it works wonders. Next time you want to rush somewhere, make sure your baby is full.
Develop a few sleep associations for your kid. It can be their favorite plush toy or a pacifier. I personally brought home the Fisher Price Discover 'N Grow Select-A-Show Soother. It not only plays a soothing music but has a projectile mode as well. My child loves the visual play and drools off to sleep.
Don't let your baby develop a very strong association with an object or a space. It may happen that when a transition happens your baby's expectations will be violated. Try and maintain a balance between the choices you make for your baby and the varied options that he/she enjoys.
Pay attention to your baby's nocturnal hygiene. Make sure you clean them and wrap them in a warm night suit. Also, adjust the room temperature that your baby is comfortable with. After a clean, neat shower our bodies tend to relax and calm down, that helps us go to sleep.
Make sure you do not skip your child's bedtime routine. Maintaining consistency develops a pattern that makes it easier for your child to adapt well to their surroundings.
The above guidelines may seem a little vague. However, one needs to understand that there isn't a hard-and-fast rule that is universally applicable. These are a few guidelines that I came up with after tiring sleepless nights. Only trial and error method worked in my case. So, feel free to send in your suggestions and experiences.