New parents or a mum of six, every parent is going to feel blessed if they can get a good night’s sleep. When your baby is sound asleep, you have a much higher chance of sleeping well too. 

If you are one of the parents struggling with getting your baby to stay asleep, and it happens to us all, this handy guide is for you.

Limit Your Baby’s Naptime to Once a Day

Once your baby is over six months old, it is time to limit their naptime to a daily basis only. Where possible, try to make sure that your baby never naps for more than three hours.

Your baby will need much more sleep before they reach six months old. Afterwards, their circadian rhythm would have developed better, and you can start to wean your baby off their long day naps. 

This way, they can sleep longer at night, hopefully.

Room Temperature

The best temperatures for your baby to fall asleep in would be around 20°C to 23°C, but you can maintain the heat a little higher if you keep the blankets off your baby.

Babies get fussy with warm temperatures, just as us adults do, and keeping the room cool will ensure that they stay comfortably asleep - hopefully for a longer duration too. You can dress your baby in a sleepsuit if you are worried that your baby might catch a cold.

Lay Them Down While They Are Drowsy

Teach your baby to fall asleep independently. You can do this by gently settling your baby in their crib when they are drowsy.

Once your baby learns to sleep on their own, they can drift back to sleep comfortably in the middle of the night as well. This way, you will not have to fuss over them as much if they wake up.

When you teach your baby to sleep independently, you are also teaching them to fall and stay asleep on their own.

Minimize Movements & Interruptions

Does your baby tend to fall asleep in the car? You can use this precious window of time to make sure that your baby stays asleep long after you have exited the vehicle.

Get a properly fitted baby capsule which you can carry in and out of the car with ease. You will not need to cradle your baby out of the infant car seat and into its crib with a portable baby capsule. 

Fewer movements would mean less interruption, and that means a longer naptime!

Slowly Change the Sleeping Location

Newborns who sleep within proximity with their parents have proved to sleep better and longer. You can keep your baby in a separate crib, and go about your day as usual with no worries.

After your baby is four months old, you can get your baby used to you being away for a short while longer. You can do this by leaving your baby in their crib for a while after they wake up instead of picking them up right away.

Once your baby is over six months old, you can try letting your baby nap in a separate room once a day. 

Settle On a Bedtime Routine

Just like many other good habits, a bedtime routine needs to be firmly established over weeks and months. 

Dim the lights toward the evening and start playing some white noise in the background to let your baby know that it is almost time for them to sleep.

You can also create your bedtime routine, but be sure to stick to it so that your baby will be familiarised with it and know when it is time for bed and sleeping.

Published by Eric Foley