How to Deal With Baby's Night Waking Habits

Help Your Baby Sleep Better

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Sleep is not a state that you can force a baby into. The best you can do is create bedtime rituals that encourage your baby to sleep better. Try the following:

1.  A warm bath before bedtime and a soothing massage will help put your baby to sleep.

2.  Swaddle your baby in her favorite blanket and use this blanket exclusively for sleep.

3.  Make a "moving bed." Many babies have trouble making the transition from moving all day to the stillness of sleep. Nursing and a rocking chair are generally a winning combination. If the back-and-forth motion of the rocking chair isn't enough to lull your baby to sleep, then walk around with her for a while as you nest her across your chest or in a baby sling

4.  Lie down together with your baby and nurse her off to sleep. She should be ready to fall asleep, but does not want to go to sleep herself. After rocking and getting her almost asleep, lie down with her till she is in a state of deep sleep. You will know that your baby is asleep when her sucking halts, her jaw loosens, and she lets go of the nipple so that you could easily ease it out of her mouth.

5.  Other babies are sensitive to cold sheets. Warm up the crib pad in the dryer or using a heating pad before placing your baby down on it.

6.  If your baby is still small enough to fit in a cradle, the rocking should further lull her to sleep. When it concerns rocking, either in your arms or in a cradle, the rocking beat must be around sixty per minute. This is the heartbeat rhythm that your baby has grown used to in the womb. If she has outgrown a cradle, put rollers that don't screech on your baby's crib and lightly roll it back and forth around sixty times a minute. This method is often used in hospitals, where all babies' beds include rollers.

7.  Try the laying-on of hands. When your baby twists and bobs her head up and down when you put her down to sleep, she is giving you the signal that she isn't in a deep enough sleep to be left alone. Because her father has a bigger hand, he could lay his hand on the back of your baby's head or put one hand on her head and one hand on her back. The warmness of a secure hand may be the added touch that she needs to help her forgo her silent protest and drift off to sleep. Patting your baby's back or bottom rhythmically at sixty beats per minute may contribute to the finishing touches to the ritual of inducing sleep. Remember to take away your hands gradually, first one, then the other, easing the pressure slowly so as to not to startle your baby back to waking. Her sense of touch is possibly keen. It has been observed that when we put our hands on our babies, we should remove them very slowly. Let your hand hover just a bit over the baby's skin before removing it totally.

8. If all of the above fail, try freeway fathering. Place your baby in a safe car seat and go for a nonstop ride. When your baby has dozed off in the car, return home and place her in either her bedroom or yours, but do not try to remove her from the car seat or she will perhaps awaken. This technique usually works.

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