The almost magical, mum-tested way to get your baby to sleep through the night
If your sweet angel is more interested in playing than sleeping at night, read on to discover a magical, mum-tested baby sleep formula!
Your precious angel has passed those newborn months in what seems like a flash. Now, as you marvel at his chubby little legs and sweet smile and wonder just where time went, you might also wonder when your baby’s sleep will get better.
While your baby’s first few (sleepless) months can wear you out, know that this is perfectly normal, mummies.
Your newborn didn’t understand the difference between day and night and his regular wakings through the night helped keep his little tummy full and gave him a sense of security and love by being close to you.
However, now, as he grows older, he should start to get a better sense of when to sleep and when to stay awake. This is because between the ages of three to six months, your baby is developmentally ready to adopt a regular sleep-wake cycle.
As with all developmental milestones, this is not set in stone and it’s quite normal for some babies to take longer to sleep through the night.
But if you think your little one might be taking just a bit too much of his sweet time to sleep better (and for longer) at night, know that you are not alone.
A recent survey conducted among over 1,500 mums (from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia) with babies between 0-2 years old, found that 60% of these little ones wake up at least two to three times in the night, and 30% take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep.
Don’t worry mummies, we are here to help sort out those sleep-woes with some great tips, and a mum-approved 3-step baby’s sleep routine.
The importance of sleep for babies
Mums, you know that sleep is good for babies; but just how essential adequate sleep is might leave you surprised.
- Proper brain development in little ones between the ages of 4-12 months (and certainly above) requires adequate and quality sleep.
- The sleep pattern that your baby develops in his first year sets the stage for years to come. A regular sleep cycle in infancy will carry forward a host of health benefits as your child grows older.
- Inadequate or poor sleep as a baby may result in the development of chronic illnesses such as obesity, in adulthood or even later in childhood.
Getting through your baby’s sleep challenges
After three months, your baby needs approximately 9 to 15 hours of sleep during the night. He also needs around one to four 30-minutes to two-hour daytime naps — the frequency and length of these decrease as your baby approaches his first birthday.
Once your little one hits the three month mark and starts to understand the difference between night and day, it’s a good time to help improve his sleep-time routine. But if you realise that your baby is finding it a bit challenging to settle down to sleep, maybe it’s time to change his pre-sleep routine.
Try this simple three-step baby’s sleep routine to help your little angel drift off to sleep faster:
Baby’s sleep routine step 1: A warm bath
Not only is bathtime a good way of bonding with your baby, but the combination of warm water and a gently fragranced baby wash will soothe your baby, preparing him for bedtime.
- Water alone isn’t enough to cleanse your little one’s skin. This is why it’s important to choose a mild, baby-specific wash that gently cleans, moisturises, and protects your baby’s tender skin.
- Always check the temperature of the water to make sure it is not too hot or too cold, before placing your baby in it.
Baby’s sleep routine step 2: Baby massage
Continue your baby’s bedtime routine with the gentle touch of a massage. While massage helps with the bonding process, it’s also a really good way to help your little one feel safe and secure.
Make sure you choose a baby lotion that is gentle on your baby’s skin.
- Keep your touch gentle and soft, without putting too much pressure on your baby’s delicate skin.
- Remove rings and bangles as these may hurt your baby if they come into contact with or rub against his skin.
Baby’s sleep routine step 3: Quiet time
This final step in your baby’s three-step sleep routine is important because it teaches your baby how to calm himself before drifting off. Read a story, sing a sleep-song or play a lullaby to help wind down your baby and prepare him for a good night’s sleep.
Keep in mind:
- Make sure baby’s sleep environment is calm and cosy without the distractions of bright lights or loud noises.
- Avoid engaging in boisterous play with your little one just before bed time as this may get him wide-awake and ready for more play, rather than sleepy and calm!
Mummies, guess what? This 3-step routine is used by many mums around the world to effectively help get their little ones to sleep faster.
Why not try it out tonight, and let us know if it works for you and your bub by posting a comment below.