On a beautiful late spring afternoon, twenty-five years ago, two young women named Kavita and Rajni graduated from the same college. They were very much alike, these two young women.
Both of them went on with their lives, built successful careers, and married the men they loved. Recently, they attended their college for the 25th reunion as young mothers who gave birth only 15 days apart. They brought their babies with them, and one looked glowing and cheerful while the other was cranky. The reason for both of their situations is their different approaches to their newborn’s sleep routine.
Kavita followed age-old hacks to give her baby the proper rest it needed, while Rajni felt overwhelmed with the responsibility because she wasn’t able to focus on herself or her baby.
Here are some baby sleep-care tips that Kavita was able to gather from the diary that was handed down to her through generations.
As a new parent, one of the most common concerns you may have is about your baby's sleep patterns. Babies have small stomachs and need to eat frequently, so it is normal for them to wake up several times throughout the night. However, there are a number of other factors that can contribute to sleep problems in babies, and it is important to address these issues in order to ensure that your baby is getting enough rest.
Here are some tips and strategies that could help the babies get a good night's sleep:
Time for some stress-busting
The stress a baby feels is contagious. If your baby is stressed and cranky, then you, as parents, will surely feel miserable. If your baby is stressed, then you need to be sensitive and responsive to their needs. Stress neglect in a baby at this stage can result in personality disorders later in life. Studies have shown even high-risk babies develop normally if their mothers gave them cuddles during early infancy. You see the power of cuddles?
Take them for a snooze ride
There is science behind why people tend to fall asleep quickly in a moving car. Car rides are monotonous and cause highway hypnosis, which is a trance-like state that produces a general feeling of fatigue, and the moving motion brings us comfort like our beds. If your kid is having trouble falling asleep, then you can try taking them on a ride. You can also put them in a pram and take them for an evening stroll to induce sleepiness.
Plus point: You can sway your baby in the TBS cradle bed and quickly help them fall asleep!
Massage your baby to sleep
If you give your baby a warm oiI massage right before their bedtime, there is a high chance that your baby will sleep peacefully throughout the night without waking up even once!
The reason a good massage makes us feel sleepy is because it can lower our stress levels and increase dopamine and endorphin levels, which uplift our mood and also ease body pain. Your body revitalizes itself during a massage, and the increase in blood flow is extremely good for your health.
Don’t intervene too soon
If your baby wakes up in their sleep, don't attend them too quickly. There is a possibility that your baby might fall asleep soon on their own again, but if you try to make them fall asleep, they may lose the trance and take even longer to fall asleep again.
Follow these tips to help your baby get the rest they need to grow and develop. It's also important to remember that every baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another. It may take some trial and error to find the strategies that work best for your baby.
If things still not work out.. Go deeper to find the cure
Sometimes even though you try everything to help your baby sleep, there still may be problems that leave you with a cranky and sleep-deprived child. Newborns can have sleep problems for a variety of reasons. Some common sleep problems in newborns include:
Difficulty falling asleep: Some newborns may have difficulty falling asleep, even when they are tired. This can be due to factors such as being overstimulated, being hungry, or having discomfort from colic or gas.
If your baby has trouble falling asleep, you can try establishing a bedtime routine that includes soothing activities such as a warm bath, reading a book, or singing a lullaby. You can also try using a pacifier or white noise machine to help calm your baby.
Frequent waking: Newborns have small stomachs and need to eat frequently, so they may wake up frequently at night to feed. They may also wake up due to other factors, such as being too hot or cold or having a wet or dirty diaper.
If your baby is waking up frequently at night to feed, try to make sure they are well-fed before bedtime and consider using a pacifier to help soothe them back to sleep. If they are waking up due to a wet or dirty diaper, make sure to change their diaper before putting them back to bed.
Difficulty staying asleep: Some newborns may have difficulty staying asleep and may wake up frequently during the night. This can be due to factors such as being overstimulated or having a sleep-wake cycle that is not yet fully developed.
If your baby has trouble staying asleep, try to create a calm and relaxing sleep environment by keeping the room dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature. You can also try using a white noise machine or fan to help drown out any external noises that may be waking your baby. If your baby is overstimulated before bedtime, try to limit their activity and exposure to bright lights in the hours leading up to bedtime.
If you are concerned about your newborn's sleep patterns or if they are not getting enough sleep, it is important to talk to your pediatrician. They can provide guidance on how to help your newborn sleep better and address any underlying issues that may be causing sleep problems.
A Few Bonus Tips From Mothers Just Like YOU!
Tip - 1
Keep the crib near you and place your baby in it as soon as they begin to yawn as the night approaches. This helps them learn to fall asleep on their own.
Tip - 2
Make a journal for your baby sleep routine and record their sleep habits, resting time, etc.
Tip - 3
If your baby seems restless at bedtime, put them to bed 30 minutes earlier. When overtired, babies can become energetic to fight off sleep.
Tip - 4
It's recommended that babies be put to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and keep them cozy.
Some last words
We hope Kavita’s journal was helpful for you! While the specific hacks and tricks may have changed over the centuries, the basic principle of trying to create a calm and soothing environment for your child to sleep in has remained the same. Whether you're singing a lullaby or using white noise, the goal is to help your little one feel safe and secure so they can get the rest they need to grow and thrive.
You are a wonderful parent, and you can make it happen. Kudos!