6 incredible ways to help you baby fall asleep alone
It is an important development skill for your baby to learn to fall asleep; and that will help their bedtime routine during their early years. There are many methods, but we limit ourselves to some basic methods to help your baby fall asleep alone.
Create a routine and respect it
Many adults find that routines are tiring, yet they comfort babies. When a baby follows a consistent routine, there is no way for confusion that can lead to bedtime resistance. Find a routine that works for you, such as feeding, bathing and massage, reading a book and finally bedtime. Your baby will know what to expect and will feel safe going to sleep.
Separate meal time and bedtime
New mothers feel comfortable breastfeeding or bottle feeding their baby to sleep. Many times it becomes routine and the child gets used to falling asleep while eating.
Try as much as possible to create a reasonable break between last meal and bedtime. Even if it simply means stopping when their eyes get dull but they do not sleep yet, while doing that you create a space between the meal and the time of sleep.
So if you are a mom who is trying to encourage your baby to fall asleep alone, separating meal time from bedtime could be an excellent method.
Let them fall asleep in your arms
Another sleep problem may be the need to be constantly rocking; and if you have a baby who likes to be carry, you know what it is. Instead of going through movements, carry your baby calmly until they fall asleep.
This simulates the same environment as resting alone or their cradle. It also means that if they wake up in the middle of the night, they can fall asleep without having to be rocked.
Put them to bed awake
Most people agree that to better teach ta baby to fall asleep alone, you have to put him to bed awake. Awake does not necessarily mean very active, it could mean very sleepy and even with your eyes closed.
The important thing is that he is aware that he is alone in his cradle (not in your arms) and associate it with sleeping. If he wakes up a few minutes later or even in the middle of the night, he will come to know that he does not need mom or dad to help him fall asleep.
Respect a method
There are so many methods of sleep training and parents usually choose one with which they feel more comfortable. But when you practice a method for a few days and it does not seem to work, it’s easy to want to switch to another one.
Whether it’s an official method of sleep training or simply a routine that you have found, do your best to choose one method and respect it. Changing will disrupt your baby a lot, and may end up making the job useless.
Do not abandon
We often think that helping a baby to sleep alone depends on the baby, but it is also hard if not more for mom and dad. It’s easy to feel guilty when your baby is crying or afraid he’s scared when he’s alone.
But do not give up! This process does not succeed overnight, but it is only possible if you keep trying. As long as you and your baby are happy it’s the most improbable.Read too