Establishing healthy sleep habits for babies is essential for their overall health and well-being.
Good sleep habits can help babies sleep longer and more soundly, which can lead to better overall health, development, and behavior.
Here are a few tips for creating healthy sleep habits for babies.
Follow a consistent bedtime routine: A consistent bedtime routine can help signal to your baby that it is time to wind down and go to sleep. This can include activities such as a warm bath, reading a bedtime story, or singing a lullaby.
Create a sleep-friendly environment: The environment in which your baby sleeps can have a big impact on their sleep quality. Keep the room dark, cool, and quiet, and use a firm, flat surface for your baby to sleep on, such as a crib or a bassinet. Avoid using soft bedding or placing your baby near loose objects that could cause injury.
Use white noise: White noise can help drown out other household noises and create a calming sleep environment for your baby. You can use a white noise machine, a fan, or even a recording of white noise to help your baby sleep better.
Avoid overstimulating your baby before bedtime: Too much stimulation before bedtime can make it difficult for your baby to settle down and fall asleep. Try to avoid loud noises, bright lights, and exciting activities in the hour leading up to bedtime.
Don't let your baby get overtired: If your baby is overtired, it can be harder for them to fall asleep and stay asleep. Try to put your baby to bed when they are still awake but drowsy, rather than waiting until they are fully asleep.
By following these tips and establishing healthy sleep habits for your baby, you can help ensure that they get the restful, restorative sleep that they need to thrive. Our overnight newborn care specialists are happy to help you and your baby in establishing healthy sleep patterns!
Erika Steinbauer is a practicing Physician Assistant and the Co-Founder of Swaddled Newborn Care.