“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.” -Leo J. Burke
SLEEPING PREPARATION CHECKLIST:
1. Bassinet/Crib/Co-sleeper etc – check safety standards for each item. Bassinets are good for o to 3 month old babies. Choose the one with wheels so that you can move the bassinet.. If you want to co-sleep with the baby in your bed, then a co-sleeper is a great choice, especially for the first month to get away with the fear of rolling over your baby in sleep that many new parents have. Crib is something you will eventually buy as the baby gets older, but many parents prefer to have it right from the very first day.
2. Crib mattress
3. Crib bumper
4. Mattress pad/ cover over mattress – preferably 2. Cover the both mattress pads / cover with a bedsheet and keep one pad over the other; if one gets spoiled, you can remove the top one and your bed is still ready for the baby.
5. Bed Sheets – preferably 2. for the same above reason.
4. A night-light.
6. Baby swing. I have an Indian swing (ghodiyu) and I am blessed to have it. I have used the electrical swings as well, but I didn’t like it as much as I like my ghodiyu.
7. Rocker. Many women claim that rocking in a rocker not only helps to rock their baby to sleep, but it is also helps their back.
8. For a baby to sleep better you need to let her get tired (not overtired), feed her well, burp her and rock/pat/swing/sing her to sleep.
DAY NAPS CHECKLIST:
Many mothers struggle with their baby’s day naps. I have struggled a lot myself with my boy.. I have tried many different ways which are listed below to put him to sleep during the day and some of them have proven to be successful at times. I hope they might work on your baby too.
1. Make the room dark. Use dark curtains to black out the room.
2. Take away any ticking clocks, phones and any noise making toys out of the room.
3. If your baby calms down at a soft music, play some or sing a soft song.
4. White noise helps mellow down outside noises and have helped many babies to sleep faster. There are good white noise apps available or else you can also buy a table fan or record your hair dryer or mixer and play it.
4. The most important of all is to watch out for signs of sleepiness. Tired eyes, pulling on ears or rubbing eyes, etc. If you miss these signs, then it will become hard for the baby to sleep if he/she gets overtired.
5. Try to set up a schedule of naps for your baby in the first months. If they learn it earlier, it will become easier when they get older. I have found that my baby takes total 3 naps during the day, first nap of 30-45 mins, second and third are nap of 1 or 2 hr long. He wakes ups around 6.30 – 7.00 AM in the morning and his first nap of 30 to 45 minutes is immediately within 2 hours after waking up. If he miss this nap, then he won’t nap very well for the rest of the day. It took me some time to figure this out. I thus believe that establishing a nap schedule is important.
GOOD NIGHT SLEEP CHECKLIST:
1. “ Early To Bed, Early To Rise”… It always helped me to put my baby to sleep for the night between 7.00 to 8.00 PM. Once he is off to sleep, he wakes up only for feeding every 3 to 4 hr and goes back to sleep right away. So try putting your baby for his/her night-time sleep a little earlier than usual. This may not work for every baby.
2. Bathing your baby before bed helps the baby to sleep peacefully. A warm water bath, some message, some cuddly talks and feeding will all help in easy transition in a good night sleep.
3. Some babies prefer listening to a bedtime story, some like a lullaby, or music or a just a favorite blanket.
4.You can also try the nap time techniques to put the baby to sleep for the night.