Updated: May 17, 2018
As everyone says, a restless baby has the ability to make the whole home restless. It is often the question of every parent, "How can I get my restless baby to sleep?" Well, do not worry you have come to the right place. I am going to give you three main tips to help you and your family get your baby sleeping.
1.) Create a Routine
Research shows, a routine helps create consistency within all human beings. Babies need to have a routine they know is associated with bed time. This short routine should be done during bedtime and nap time. Having this routine helps the baby correlate sleep with the routine taking place.
2.) Create A Positive Sleep Environment
It is important for your baby to have a steady sleeping environment. The sleeping environment should be consistent and should be cool and dark. It is important for a new born to be swaddled. The swaddling helps prevent startling from the moro reflex. The Moro reflex is what causes a new born to feel like they are falling when there arms and legs are not closely bound to their body. White noise is also crucial in the sleep environment to prevent your baby from being awoke from noises within the house.
3.) Create An Independent Sleeper
It is very important for a baby to not use sleep props. A sleep prop is anything the baby uses to go to sleep. I am going to provide you with an analogy that will help you understand why it is important to not have props. As an adult, if we use a certain pillow every night to go to sleep and wake up during the night and the pillow is gone we will feel startled. Your baby is the same way. If they go to sleep with you rubbing their back and wake up during the night they will instantly cry until you come rub their back. This is a learned habit so it is important to teach your baby to sleep independently.