Babies have a hard time distinguishing between day and night time, so ensuring you start early to establish a sleeping routine will be beneficial for yourself and your baby. It is up to you to figure out what it will ultimately take to guarantee that everyone is getting a decent amount of sleep.
Ensuring that you keep a routine each day will allow your baby to predict when their eating, sleeping, and napping routine begins and ends. Sticking to the same schedule each day helps stabilize the baby’s sleep patterns.
The long goodbye
When you put your baby to sleep, adapt the position you sit each time, moving closer to the door so you are able to slowly break the dependence they have on you.
This is more of a maternal instinct when putting your baby to sleep, things such as feeding, soothing, cuddling and singing all have the ability to induce sleep.
Some people enjoy the close connection they receive when they maintain physical contact such as cuddling, breastfeeding or sleeping in the same bed as their baby. You may find sleeping alongside your baby easier to manage in the first few months.
Using a white-noise machine to create a low hum will mask any other sounds, reducing the amount of times your baby wakes up in the night. They will then associate the sound with bed time, reinforcing a consistent routine.
Weaning off the pacifier/dummy
When a baby loses its dummy when they are in their cot, it increases the chance they will wake upset and need reassurance and help to put it back in. If this is occurring three to four times a night, both yours and their sleep will be unsettled and disruptive. You can attempt to gradually wean your baby off their pacifier to ensure a reliable night’s sleep.
Don’t give up!
Consistency is extremely imperative, so don't begin using the tips and tricks above until you are sure you're ready to follow through.