Sleep A-Z for babies – tips and tricks to try

Sleep: the things parents do to get baby to sleep

Sleep is necessary for basic health; without it our bodies cannot repair and our minds deteriorate pretty rapidly. A young baby affects your sleep in ways it is hard to imagine if you have never looked after a tiny one.

Parents will resort to some strange practices, all in the name of getting the baby to sleep. Here’s my A-Z of usual and slightly unusual techniques for baby sleep. How many have you tried?

Avoid eye contact

Breastfeeding until your nipple drops off

Cuddling to sleep/co-sleeping

Driving up and down the motorway at 3am in the morning

Extra food just before bed – dreamfeed or a light snack

Fresh air during the day to promote good rest

Good sleep environment

Hoovering/Hair dryer

Interactions are kept to a minimum during night hours

Jiggling – that’s small up and down movements which mirror the way the baby moved in the womb

Keep calm yourself – any stress you feel can transfer to the baby, making it harder for them to settle

Lighting – keep the room very dark or introduce melatonin inducing red/orange nightlight

Music to calm them

Newest sleeping gizmos, such as Sleepyhead, Cocoonababy, Ewan the Dream Sheep, Gro Swaddle Blanket to name just a few

Optimum bedtime for your little one – adjust this frequently as they get older

Patting the baby’s bottom

Quiet – too much noise can disturb some older babies

Rocking until your arm drops off

Ssshing/swaying/swaddling

Transitional object (comforter)

Understanding early sleep cues and acting on them

Vocal cues – tell your baby everything is fine, perhaps sing to him/her

Washing machine on; baby in bouncer next to it

Xxxx – lots of love and kisses to make the baby feel secure

You Tube for white noise and/or lullabies

Zzzz – you are so tired you simply can’t stay awake any longer regardless of what your baby does

What tricks did you use that worked well?

For more ideas, why not check out Health Grinder’s article