Getting Baby To Sleep In Crib

Getting Baby To Sleep In Crib

We all sleep better when we are warm These nights most babies sleep in babygros with the advantage that they don’t get too cold when they kick off the covers or roll over. Baby sleeping bags are also available to stop your restless sleeper cooling down and waking up. To be safe, these need to fit fairly well, be sleeveless and have a low tog rating (1.5 or less). A sleeping bag will keep your baby warm so be very careful about what you cover him with once he’s zipped in – it may be enough on its own or with one blanket. Feel his stomach to judge his body temperature. (See pages 33-4 for more on overheating and safe sleeping.)

Aaron would completely strip off during the night and so become cold and wet. This then became his sleep pattern lasting a month. At this point I was so low I was even considering sedation to break the pattern. My friend recommended buying an all in one zip-up sleep suit put on back to front. BRILLIANT. The results were amazing and I felt ashamed that I had nearly carted him off to the doc’s for sedation!’

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Gill Noise

Some noise can be comforting to your child lying awake in the evening – it shows that you are still there. But sudden noise or sudden changes in the noise level may disturb sleep. You can reduce sudden noises from outside the house by installing double glazing or secondary glazing. A less radical and cheaper alternative would be to move your child to a different bedroom where there is less noise. Some parents have found that delaying the onset of the central heating in the morning allows them an extra half hour of sleep. If you or your partner rises early for work, take your shower or bath the night before.

Light

You can teach your child to be frightened of the dark, just as you can teach him to be relaxed by it. If you always turn the light on when you go to him and off when you leave he’ll make the connection between light and company and dark and isolation. Try not to turn on any lights when you visit him, but if you have to – keep it low.

Many children prefer to sleep with a low light on, either all night or just as they go to sleep. There’s nothing wrong with this. Night lights are readily available. Some parents have found that black-out blinds or a blanket at the window helps, especially in the summer when light from outside may convince your child that it’s time to play. You could also try moving the cot or bed into a recess, or moving your child to a different room altogether.

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