When it comes to setting good foundations for your better sleep, you are your baby’s expert, since nobody knows your child better than you do.
However, there are some helpful tips and basic guidelines that can help all parents encourage their babies to sleep better, without putting any extra pressure on you.
Always place baby on their back to sleep for safe and comfortable sleeping.
Place your baby in the "feet to foot" position, with their feet touching the end of the cot, moses basket or pram.
Try to ensure baby's room is decluttered, without too much noise (unless you are using white noise) or bright lights.
Make the room temperature between 18°C to 20°C, with light bedding or a lightweight baby sleeping bag.
Focus on effective feeding and adequate nutrition at key development phases, for instance when weaning from 6 months.
Maintaining a regular routine can help encourage better nighttime sleep.
Daytime Naps - Getting those crucial day naps including their start time & duration helps with little ones circadian rhythm (body clock).
Make sure baby can roll on both sides before allowing tummy sleeping. If baby can roll one side but not the other, simply roll baby back.
Try to be aware of any expected developmental changes, such as teething and sleep regression, so you can adapt your sleeping schedule.
Create an evening routine. This can be very simple, such as making bath time quiet and relaxing, or working in a lovely baby massage after bath.
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