Some babies really excel at falling asleep and staying asleep. Others, unfortunately, do not. If you have a wakeful little one, try these tips to help them sleep.
Go for a wander
Babies love movement. Car rides and walks in the stroller are great for helping your baby fall asleep, but if they aren't an option, try pushing the stroller around the house. Keep a regular leisurely pace, and if you have to stop walking keep the stroller moving slowly back and forth.
Keep baby close
Baby carriers/warps can be a real life saver for babies who need to be near you to fall asleep. Keep safety in mind and don't do any cooking, but most other household tasks can be done with baby in a carrier.
Make some noise
A high speed hood fan, a hair drier, a humidifier, or a running dishwasher or washing machine provide a repetitive sound that might help soothe baby to sleep. If your baby is a light sleeper they might need this white noise to fall asleep. Other babies prefer the sound and cool breeze of a fan. Babies love to hear their mama's voice - try singing a lullaby or a soothing song sweetly in their ear. If all else fails, put on some music - babies love Bob Marley.
Wrap baby tight
Some babies love to be swaddled. It can also prevent newborns from waking themselves up with their Moro reflex. Wrap your baby up tightly to prevent the blanket from coming loose. Put a receiving blanket or muslin wrap down in a diamond shape, then fold the top corner down to about the middle, creating an upside-down triangle. Put baby in the middle, with his or her neck at the edge of the top of the blanket. Fold one side tightly around baby, tucking the end at baby's hip or behind his/her back. Fold the bottom corner up around baby's shoulder. Wrap the last side corner around baby. This also helps calm fussy babies.
Time it right
Your baby has finally fallen asleep, you put them in their bed, and they instantly wake up. Sound familiar? This is because baby hasn't reached a deep sleep stage yet. Try watching them sleep. Fluttering eyelids and clenched fists mean your baby is not ready to be put down yet. When his or her eyelids stay still and limbs hang loose, deep sleep has set in and you can put baby to bed.
The next time your baby won't sleep, try these five strategies to help baby fall asleep and stay asleep longer. You might even be able catch some Zs yourself.