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Sleeping Tips


Sleepless nights? Here's help with getting yourbaby to sleep through the night.


After the initial excitement of giving birth wears off, you will be experiencing a gamut of emotions caused by hormonal changes, constant feedings and sleepless nights. Much as you may feel no one else has it as hard as you do, realise that every mother goes through similar experiences. It is best to be prepared for sleepless nights the first month. Keep all other work aside, and sleep when your baby sleeps, be it night or day. Don't even try to get your newborn baby to sleep through the night, as she requires food at regular intervals. In fact, if your newborn hasn't woken up for four hours, wake her up and feed him.

As your baby grows, she will start taking more at each feed and will feed less often. She will also start sleeping longer.


Forcing a pattern

Many parents try to keep their baby awake during the day so she sleeps at night. This, however, may not be the best thing to do as your baby needs a lot of sleep and interfering with her sleep patterns will tire her out. Let her sleep whenever she wants to, but don't consciously try to create a conducive environment for sleep during the day. Instead of drawing the curtains and hushing up, let the sunlight in, and don't tiptoe around her. On the other hand, after nightfall, turn off all the lights in her room and be very quiet. This will help her learn that she has to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day.


Feeding

Feed her on demand during the day, as often as she wants. Try and feed her as much as possible just before her bedtime. If you have to give her any vitamin supplements, do so at night so her stomach is heavier. Alternately, if you are unsure whether you are getting enough milk, you could give her one formula feed at night. Formula feed is heavier, and she will consequently sleep longer before waking up for the next feed.

Many mothers avoid feeding their babies if they start crying too soon after a feed. However, do feed here as often as she wants during the day, and when she wakes up at night for a feed, you can try and rock her back to sleep without feeding her - if she lets you. This will help her learn that mornings are for feeding, and night is for sleeping.


Swaddling

Bundle up your infant tight in a cotton sheet. Use a warmer fabric in cooler climes. Swaddling makes her feel secure, and she will fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer. You could leave her loosely covered during the day, and wrap her up tight at night, so she associates swaddling with sleep. Tightly wrapped babies don't startle, and as a result they tend to sleep longer and more peacefully. If your baby isn't tightly wrapped up, she will wake up at night not just when she is hungry, but also when she startles. As your baby grows, you need not wrap her up very tight, or you could let her arms out of the sheet.

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.1 year ago
When i needed help I’ve found info about the hwl method. I gave it a try and today we are much more happy parents. My sweet girl is the best but when it came to sleep she was pretty hard case. After 4 days of the hwl she was able to fall asleep on her own and she finally stopped waking up every hour to eat!

I think that the key to success is to follow exactly what the author of this method says because the method is easy but there is also a lot of details. I have found the instructions in "how to teach a baby to fall asleep alone" guide by Susan Urban on I guess her website: *****.com
Thanks everybody who shares their experience because when I needed help with my LO I’ve read about this guide and now I want to share because I know that it is really not easy to deal with sleeping problems
 
 
 
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shrishti.6 years ago
That was nice article...but i feel if we can somehow bring the kid in the practice of sleeping at certain time and try hard to make this work we can avoid the sleepless nights...everyone use to say that your kid will not let u sleep n bla bla but i read many books to gain more knowledge on this and specially mugged up few songs which i use to sing to my lil daughter and guess what after a month or so it wrked n my sweet lil daughter was all cooperative :) I would like to thank babeezworld for der awesome blogs n amazing products whih i use to get sitting at home..they made things easier :)
 
 
 
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XYZ.8 years ago
singing and humming a continuous rythm also helps baby help. warm bath right before bedtime helps.
 
 
 
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jolly.8 years ago
hello
i agree that if we wrap the baby prperly during night time he sleepsfor a longer time and more peacefully
 
 
 
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