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    How to Establish Good and Effective Baby Sleep Habits?

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    How to Establish Good and Effective Baby Sleep Habits?

    Updated on 12 May 2023

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    Dr. Sameer Awadhiya

    Dr Sameer has more than 10 Years of Experience as a specialist and more than 19 years of total experience - MBBS| DCH, DNB

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    One of the most common challenges new parents face is making their baby sleep peacefully the whole night. Infants wake up often in the middle of the night for feed or nappy change. This baby's sleeping pattern will gradually change, as your little one grows older. You can start thinking about establishing a bedtime routine for your baby once your baby is 3 months old. A set bedtime routine will play a vital role in the baby's growth and development, and will give plenty of relaxation to the parents as well. There is no need to rush, and you can slowly fix a calming bedtime routine for your baby.

    How much sleep do kids need?

    The baby's sleeping pattern varies a month after childbirth, and you can see some changes, as your baby can sleep for 14-17 hours a day. You'll observe that your baby will start sleeping more at night and less during the day when they turn 3 months of age.

    Toddlers and preschoolers need 11-14 hours of sleep, including naps during the daytime. Avoid delaying daytime naps as that can disrupt the night sleep schedule. At the same time, primary school-age kids need 9-11 hours of sleep. Your child of any age must sleep well every night because that promotes good health.

    How to Promote Good Baby Sleeping Habits?

    Here are some easy tips that'll help you set up a perfect bedtime routine for your baby:

    1. Maintain a bedtime routine

    Even on weekends or if you are traveling, try to stay consistent with the bedtime routine. Ensure you are not compromising your child's comfort to fit them into a rigid sleep routine.

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    2. Wind up early

    Try to wrap up your household chores and office work 30 minutes before the planned bedtime so you're on time for your child's bedtime routine.

    3. Infant Massage

    Give a soothing massage or bath before bedtime to help calm your baby and make them fall asleep sooner. Don't forget to dress your baby in comfortable nightwear.

    Also read: How To Put A Baby To Sleep In 40 Seconds?

    4. Introduce bedtime stories

    Reading bedtime stories before sleep or singing lullabies to your child will help them know it's bedtime and relax their mind. You can also invest in a sleeping bag to make your baby comfortable and can help them to quickly doze off.

    5. No gadgets before bedtime

    Don't let your child use a computer, tv, or smartphone at least an hour before bedtime as it can stimulate or disturb their mind. It would help if you tried calming their senses before bedtime so they could sleep soundly.

    Things to Keep in Mind Before Putting Your Baby to Sleep

    Here are some things that you should keep in mind to help your child fall asleep faster and sleep peacefully:

    • Make sure your baby is not overfed or underfed before going to bed.

    • Place your infant in bed when they are sleepy but not yet asleep.

    • Do not put your baby in bed with a milk bottle because, per the pediatrician, it can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

    • Make your child's bedroom tidy and comfortable.

    • Encourage some outdoor playtime and allow your kids to breathe in some fresh air and get exposed to sunlight.

    • Ensure you do not place any objects, toys, stuff, or electronic gadgets near your baby's crib.

    • The room's temperature should be normal by not keeping it too cold or hot.

    • Ensure your infant sleeps on their back and not on the tummy side. Be watchful of your baby's sleeping posture, and don't let your baby sleep in one posture for too long, as that can cause sprains and aches in the body. You can also use mustard pillow for head and neck support.

    • You must immediately rush to the doctor if you observe your child snoring too loudly or taking long pauses in breathing during sleep.

    • Be flexible and listen to your child, as that'll help you make changes in the bedtime routine if required.

    • To promote good sleeping habits in your child, you should focus on their nutrition and exercise routine.

    Final Thoughts

    The human body's internal clock releases melatonin, which controls our sleep patterns. It keeps us awake during the day and stimulates sleep at night. Good baby sleeping habits help maintain melatonin levels that help them sleep better, and they'll fall asleep within 20 minutes after bed.

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    Medically Reviewed by

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    Dr Sameer has more than 10 Years of Experience as a specialist and more than 19 years of total experience - MBBS| DCH, DNB

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