Bedtime with less fuss.
It’s the simple things that can make a big difference to help our babies sleep more confidently. 😴
Our little ones maybe very little but right from the minute they enter this world it’s new, exciting and a little overwhelming. 🤱This is why it’s important to give our babies confidence when it comes to sleep.
Here I share my simple steps to help your baby settle.
1- Talking, having a conversation with your baby.
You might think that they are too little but verbal communication is important.
Think about how your chat to your pets! Talking to babies is important too.
Little things like when you are walking towards their bed, say-
“Mummy is going to put you to bed now”
“It’s sleepy time”
When placing your baby in their swaddle or sleeping bag, say-
“You are going to be snug as a bug in a rug, when you fall asleep”
” Mummy/Daddy is wrapping you up to be warm so you can sleep soundly”
Once wrapped while placing them in bed.
“You are going to have a little snooze and mummy will see you in (a few minutes😉) when you wake up”
2 – Placing your little one in bed. 🧸
First, it’s good to recognise if your baby needs to be swaddled or not ,to fall asleep. Not all babies enjoy being wrapped with their hands down.
Sleeping bags or swaddles are positive sleep associations.
Use it for sleep time not for wake times.
Once your baby is in bed only then close the curtains. This allows them to look around and familiarise themselves with their surroundings or their own room.
-Going into a dark room can create confusion and lack of confidence.-
As you say goodnight only then close the curtains.
This will give them the realisation that it’s sleep.
These might sound very simple steps to implement but creating consistency at every sleep/settling time both for naps and bedtime ( not during the night) it will start to become a sign for them to relax and go to sleep.
Also remember that a baby can lie awake for up to 20 mins happily before they drift off to dreamland. This is perfect because they are confident and enjoy their sleep environment.
Remember consistency using positive actions creates sustainable patterns and more awareness. 🥰