Sleep is a rare commodity when you’re a new parent but having a bedtime routine that works for you and your baby, can help ensure that your baby sleeps better for longer. Together with Pampers, I am sharing some of the things that I have discovered to help ensure a better night’s rest for my baby.
Bathing can provide the perfect time for new moms to bond with their babies, and a good time to start getting ready for bed. Consider using products that feature relaxing and calming essentials oils like Lavender and Chamomile. There are loads of baby-friendly products that boast these properties and promote gentle massages to help calm your baby and get them ready for bed. The skin to skin touch is great for bonding and teaches your baby to explore through touch.
2. New Nappy and Dressed Appropriately
Just before bed, make sure that you dress your baby appropriately for the weather. They aren’t always able to express that they’re cold or hot, and something so simple is often overlooked by new parents. Remember that newborns are still learning to regulate their own body temperature, so being a bit chillos can keep them awake and miserable at night.
Pampers promises at least 12 hours of dryness, which is especially great because nobody wants to upset a baby in the middle of the night, trying to change their nappy and I can only imagine how frustrating it must be, trying to sleep with a damp nappy. So be sure to change their nappy just before bedtime, for a more comfortable night’s rest.
3. Full belly
Babies need to eat often because their tummies are so small, and they digest milk quickly. So by feeding your baby just before bed, they are able to sleep for longer because their tummies are full.
4. Consider their environment
While TV, lights and music, may be background noise that comforts you, it can very easily overstimulate your baby. Try having a night-light that provides a calming glow, without creating too much light that may keep him awake. Also, remember that your baby can’t tell you whether he is feeling too warm or too cold, so consider having a room thermometer to monitor the room’s temperature.
5. Swaddle (especially before 6 weeks)
Swaddling helps mimic the closeness of your womb, and stops your baby from waking up from his startled reflex. Remember to use a light blanket, and not to wrap him too tightly. A good swaddle should be firm, but your baby should still be able to move. Some babies may not like having their hands wrapped, as they like touching their face while they sleep, so adjust your swaddling to accommodate their preference.
6. Provide a comfort or doo-doo
Your baby may find comfort in having a self-soother like a soft doodoo, a taglet, or a pacifier. Depending on which they prefer, always make sure to have one nearby (and a spare, just in case). These are great as your baby will learn to self-soothe, so that even if they wake up, they will find comfort in their soother and go back to sleep without needing you.