Newborn sleep patterns are famously unpredictable. This is a temporary, but important phase that all babies go through as part of their development. Most babies start to sleep through the night at five to six months and it's very important to make sure they get uninterrupred sleep during this time. A good quality sleep increases brainpower and recharges the brain's battery. It will also give your child enough energy during the day to observe his surroundings, learn from his experiences and interact with the people around him. A good uninterrupted sleep also helps in the development of your child's nervous system.
You can help your baby reach this phase sooner by encouraging good sleep habits. Here are five ways.
1. Help your baby distinguish day from night
When your baby is about two weeks old, you can start training him to differentiate day from night. Play with her and keep her alert during the day. Keep the house as well-lit with natural light as possible during this time. Keep the noise down at night and try to get her back to sleep when she wakes, to help him associate nighttime with sleeping.
2. Get your baby used to a bedtime routine
Just like with adults, a bedtime routine can help your baby transition into sleep. A simple gesture like a goodnight kiss or a lullaby before bed can help relax your baby and act as a signal for him to go to sleep.
3. Give your baby the chance to fall asleep on his own
Experts suggest putting your baby to bed when she's drowsy but still awake. This helps get him into the habit of falling asleep in her own bed.
4. Avoid rocking your baby to sleep
Resist the urge to rock or nurse your baby to sleep. Though this helps him fall asleep faster, it may also foster a need to be rocked to sleep for a long time after.
5. Choose the right diaper for your baby
Making sure your baby stays dry through the night is key to helping them get uninterrupted sleep. To be able to do that, you need to make sure you choose the right diaper for your baby. Fortunately, there are diapers now that not only absorb wetness fast but distributes the wetness evenly, and can even absorb runny new born poo. Go with a diaper that can distribute wetness evenly, and absorb pee and even runny poo efficiently. Wetness from pee and poo often cause babies to wake up in the middle of the night, so choosing the right diaper is key to giving baby uninterrupted sleep.
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