Your baby is your life. You’re constantly taking care of them and trying to make them happy. And, when they are not sleeping, you want to know how to get your little one back on track. They might be weary from their first few weeks at the hospital,
scared from having a new experience, or just feeling unsure about the world around them. Whatever the reason, we all want our babies to sleep well so we can enjoy our precious time with them. Here are a few tips and tricks for getting your baby back on track after a tough sleep-deprived night.
What should you do if your baby won’t sleep
If your baby is not sleeping well, you might be feeling frustrated. But instead of resorting to drastic measures like putting your baby in their crib upstairs or locking them in their room, try these tricks to help them get back on track.
First, if your baby won’t sleep in the bassinet or a bed with blankets and pillows, try swaddling them. This will provide a sense of security for your baby and help them feel safe and secure. Next, put some music on for your baby. It’s been shown that children who listened to music had lower heart rates and better sleep quality than those who did not listen to music.
Last, find a way to keep your little one entertained. Children don’t have an innate need for focus and stimulation; they just need something to occupy their time. You might be able to leave the TV on while you’re at work so they can watch what they want over the course of the day while they nap during the daytime hours when you are gone.
How to help your newborn sleep
It can be tough to get your baby to sleep well when they’re just home from the hospital. Maybe it’s because they’re still adjusting to the new environment and feeling uncomfortable or maybe you found that their health care provider gave them a prescription for something that’s not working. Whatever the reason, these tips will help you get your newborn back on track and sleep well again.
First of all, babies need to feel safe in order to sleep soundly. Make sure there is nothing in your child’s room that could cause them harm or injury. Make sure any cords are hidden or out of reach so your little one doesn’t accidentally pull them down on themselves or tangle their feet in them.
Babies also need a healthy bedtime routine. Include baths before bedtime, feedings every three hours, and putting your baby to bed early enough so they don’t wake up in the middle of the night and need you to pick them up and rock them back to sleep.
Older babies might also benefit from swaddling as this helps keep their arms at their sides so they can sleep easily without moving around too much.
A room for everyone
The first thing you should do when your baby wakes up at 3 a.m. is to find your baby a bed. Bad sleep can easily lead to a poor mood, and you don’t want that.
Although it’s tempting to put them in the crib they spent their first few weeks in, it’s not the best idea when they are still adjusting to their new surroundings. It may be more comfortable for them if they have their own room, just like they had while in the hospital.
Finding a comfy space that makes them feel secure is ideal because they will feel better about themselves as soon as they see it. You should also make sure to give your baby plenty of toys so they’re entertained and won’t need to wake up again until morning.
Some parents find that their baby’s sleep patterns are off for a few days, and then everything is back on track. If you’re experiencing this, there’s a good chance it could be due to your routine.
So what can you do? Follow the same routine each day without fail. Make sure your baby gets all the things they need to feel comfortable and secure, like cuddles and a warm milk bottle. They should also get plenty of sleep too! By following a consistent routine, you’ll make sure your baby is getting enough sleep (and not just by chance).
If your baby has had a really hard time sleeping the night before, try waiting until they have some downtime to give them the things they need—like lots of cuddles and a warm milk bottle. This will help them calm down from the night before and prepare for their next nap or day in the hospital. Sending them home with these comforts will help them adjust more easily for when they return for future visits.
What will help with colic?
Colic is a common issue for babies. It’s a condition that makes it difficult for them to eat, breathe, and sleep. In some cases, the baby may even cry and scream uncontrollably.
During their time in the hospital, your baby might have been given medications or an infant calming system that they wear while they sleep. The last thing you want is to be dealing with colic symptoms at home!
When your baby has colic, here are a few tips and tricks on how to help with their discomfort:
* Keep your nannusays as close to you as possible – You want your baby close so you can monitor their condition if they start to show any signs of discomfort or distress.
* Swaddling – Swaddling will help calm them down and keep them warm while they sleep.
* Positioning – Try different positions like sitting, standing, laying on the ground, or tummy-time so they’re comfortable.
* Comforting – Engage in soothing activities like cuddles, rocking back and forth, or swaddling yourself up with your baby so you can feel closer together.
* Consistent routine – Establishing a consistent routine for your child will help soothe their
What will help with reflux?
If your baby is experiencing reflux, they can often be helped by turning the head to one side and propping the mattress up with a rolled towel. This can help reduce the risk of spitting up or regurgitating.
If your baby is still having trouble breathing, you might want to try positioning them on their back with their body slightly elevated. In this position, your child will be able to take in more air through the mouth and nose instead of just through the mouth.
If your baby has an ear infection, you may need to clean their ears out with a cotton ball dipped in hydrogen peroxide for 10-15 minutes at a time. You should also make sure that you’re using a washcloth soaked in warm water and rubbing it gently between their eyes and ears for about 5 minutes every few hours.
What will help with jaundice?
When your baby is jaundiced, it can be a tough time for you. It can also be tough on your baby as well. One of the most important things to do for your baby during this time is to keep them hydrated. They need lots of water, juice, and other fluids to help flush the toxins out of their system.
You can also try using some essential oils to aid with the discomfort caused by jaundice. Simply spritz a few drops in your baby’s crib or give them a quick massage between the shoulder blades. The combination of these methods will help soothe your baby’s nerves and make them feel better.
Another helpful tip is to take things slowly when introducing new food and formula into their diet. It’s not always easy to know if they’re ready or not because they might just be feeling off due to being jaundiced.
What will help with apnea?
Some baby sleep experts recommend feeding your baby on a regular schedule to ensure that their body is getting the nutrients it needs for a good night’s rest. It’s also important to feed your baby at the same time every day and never leave them unattended with food or drink.
Another helpful tip is to put your nannusays in their own bed when they are awake and if that does not work, you can try having them sleep in your bed for short periods of time until they are used to sleeping in their crib.
If you’re still struggling with your baby’s sleeping habits, please reach out! Our nurses are always happy to help.
If you’re having a hard time getting your newborn to sleep or if your baby is crying all the time, these tips will help you give your baby the best start in life.