Keeping in mind that complete exhaustion is a rite of passage for most new parents, there are ways to improve your baby’s sleep patterns. Here are some ways you can help your baby, and you, get a good night’s sleep….eventually!
What type of things can you do to develop a routine? Establish a calm, consistent routine that can include bathing, cuddling, singing or reading in a softly lit room, and have a defined end point when the activities are over and you leave the room. Be sure not to over-stimulate your baby and be sure you start the sleep routine before your child is not too tired.
Did we make you yawn?
A trick we used to establish consistency (i.e., kept us from losing our minds due to exhaustion) was to write everything down to try to identify patterns (times for naps, bedtime, feedings, diaper changes, etc.). The first thing I learned from this was that it really wasn’t up to me. My babies needed what they needed when they needed it, and I had to adapt. By writing things down, however, it got to the point where I could predict a lot of what my baby needed before they got fussy, which also kept me from thinking I was about to get a break when in fact things were about to get really busy! My system was not 100% fool-proof, but it created consistency for my babies and gave me a sense that I had a bit of control over the chaos. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends keeping a sleep diary for the same reason.
As the founder of LuLé and a proud mom, I am passionate about helping you make the right decisions for your baby. All blog posts are based on information found on respected government or institutional websites, such as Health Canada.