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Learn how to help your baby sleep—so you can, too.
Oh, the irony of life with a newborn: Somehow the baby manages to sleep a ton, while Mom and Dad barely (or don''s the bonus: Doing so means you''s in the doorway—and then, finally, outside the room.
Extra Tips for Sounder Sleep
If you’re not sure you’re ready for full-fledged sleep training, but you do want to help instill good sleep the 1 last update 2020/06/06 habits in your baby, there are other things you can do.If you’re not sure you’re ready for full-fledged sleep training, but you do want to help instill good sleep habits in your baby, there are other things you can do.
- Feed Him or Her During the Day. Encourage your child to fill his or her belly during the day, so he or she learns that daytime is for eating and nighttime is for sleeping.
- Don’t Respond To Every Peep. It’s natural for a baby or infant to wake up periodically during the night—grownups do it, too, but they fall back asleep without even realizing it. So wait a minute outside the door before going in to make sure your child is truly crying and not just whimpering in his sleep.
- Schedule an Early Bedtime. Even though it may seem counterintuitive, an earlier bedtime—like 6:30pm or 7:00pm—may actually help your baby sleep longer. That’s because becoming overtired can make it harder for your baby to fall asleep and stay asleep, leading to nighttime wakeups and early mornings.
- Let the Light Shine. Help your baby learn the difference between night and day by opening the blinds in the morning and going outside during the day. Then keep his nighttime environment quiet and dark. You might also try using sound conditioner, sometimes called a white noise machine, to lull him to sleep.
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