One thing everybody dreads about babies is that when they start crying, they just never seem to stop no matter what you do to soothe them. They seem to be unusually irritable at night, and many moms will be caught dozing off in the morning after a long night of babysitting. This can, however, change if you know the right tricks. Babies are sensitive in every aspect and tweaking something as little as the light in their room can get them to sleep soundly through the night. Here are some of the tricks you can learn from moms all over the world:
DIM THE LIGHTS
If you don’t want to put the lights off, dim them just enough to let the baby sleep undistracted. Light can significantly affect their biological clocks and keep them up as long as their bodies think that its day time. A good solution would be a night lamp whose brightness can be adjusted from high to low so that you can tune it down when its time to sleep. You can also have auxiliary lights that you can put on when the baby sleeps, dimmer than the primary bulb.
DRESS THEM COMFORTABLY
Comfortable toddler clothes are essential for a good night’s sleep. If you’re uncomfortable, you will keep getting up to adjust whatever it is that is bothering you. When it comes to babies, they can’t do much for themselves, so they will just wake up and cry until someone appears and somehow figures out what is bothering them and takes it away.
If you overdress your baby, they will probably be too hot to sleep. This is not only uncomfortable but is also dangerous as the baby could suffer serious overheating, which could lead to further complications. Excessive dressing may also expose the baby to the danger of choking and suffocation, especially if there is loose clothing or pieces of clothing in their way.
Under dressing, on the other hand, may mean that the baby is exposed to cold and may even get sick. It is therefore vital to make sure that the baby has just enough clothes on, and that they match the prevailing temperatures. Instead of stacking them up with layers of clothes when it is cold, you could have them wear a few thick (but aerated) ones. Cover them with something warm but make sure that they have enough space to move and breathe in. Check up on them once in a while to ensure that they are safe and comfortable.
ADJUST THE ROOM CONDITIONS
Noise, temperature, humidity and the amount of light in a room are just some of the factors that contribute to your baby’s peace as they sleep.
As mentioned above, the light should be kept as low as possible for the baby’s comfort. Too much light will keep them awake and mess with their sleep schedule.
There shouldn’t be too much noise in the house if anyone is going to sleep peacefully. Luckily, there isn’t usually that much of it at night unless you live in an area with a lot of action at night. Find a way of sealing the baby’s room well enough to reduce noise levels while still allowing enough air to circulate.
Temperatures should be optimum; not too hot or cold. There should be air conditioning so that you can always adjust the temps in your baby’s room. You could also include a humidifier in the nursery. It prevents colds and speeds up recovery while also adding to the baby’s comfort. You can also include a diffuser with essential oils to make the room smell nicer.
CHANGE THEIR DIAPERS OFTEN
Diapers are a significant source of discomfort for babies. When they fill up and are not changed immediately, they start irritating the baby’s skin and eventually cause rashes and skin discolouration. By the time that happens, the baby is usually in a lot of pain, and if they are asleep, they will wake up and cry. To prevent this, you can check the diaper and change it every once in a while. They don’t have to be awake for you to change them, you can do so gently without waking them up. This way, the baby can sleep through the night and avoid unnecessary pain from diaper rashes.
While you are at it, make sure that you don’t tie the diaper too tightly. This is not only uncomfortable but may also irritate the baby’s skin. Choose the correct size when shopping to make sure that it is a perfect fit and does not come off or cling to the baby’s skin.
CHECK THEIR CRIB AND BEDDING
Your baby’s crib, bed, cane and rattan bassinet or cot should neither be too big or too small. If it is too big, the baby will feel insecure and may not sleep much before waking up frightened. If it is too small, the baby risks hitting the boards when turning. The bedding should also be soft enough for them to sink in without being in danger of suffocation. The material used to make it should be hypoallergic and sensitive to their skin. The baby’s blankets and sheets should also allow sufficient aeration. The sheets must fit the mattress – if they are too large, they will make folds that may suffocate the baby or get in their face and irritate them when sleeping.
In conclusion, it doesn’t take much to please your baby and get them to sleep through the night. Comfort is essential, and every aspect of their room and bedding should support sound sleep. When checking up on them at night, be careful not to wake them even when changing their diaper. You should also have them play enough during the day to tire them out and sleep soundly through the night. These are some of the tips that moms have been using to keep their babies asleep through the night.