August 14th, 2017
People often think the cry-it-out method of sleep training involves leaving babies alone to cry themselves to sleep. However, it simply refers to any sleep training method which mentions that it’s fine to let a baby cry for a specified period of time before offering comfort.
If none of the cry-it-out methods you’ve tried with your little one seem to work, and your baby remains uneasy at night, try these simple tips.
Cut down on the stimulation
Although there are benefits of a crib mobile, it’s much better to let your baby sleep in a darkened room. Crib mobiles can sometimes be a distraction and prevent your baby from falling asleep. You can also forgo night lights and use black-out curtains to simulate night-time during the day. When it’s time for her to wake up, open the curtains to let the light in. This will help her understand the difference and make it easier for her to recognise the proper timings for her to sleep.
Prior to getting your baby ready for sleep, there should also be minimum stimulation. Because babies are easily stimulated by talk and other forms of communication, the last thing you want to do before bed is to excite your baby. One of the ways to prevent this from happening is to minimise prolonged or animated eye contact and high pitched tones of speaking when you’re putting her to sleep.
Contact and sounds
In utero, your baby became acquainted to constant sounds, like your beating heart and noisy stomach, so silence might be frightening for her. Some babies sleep easier if you turn on a white noise machine or a fan. This will also muffle any noise from the rest of the house and prevent your baby from suddenly waking up during the night.
Moreover, because your baby is already familiar with your voice, it will have a positive effect on her. Speaking to her in a soothing tone can help your baby fall asleep knowing that she is safe and that you are nearby.
Consistency is key
Regular bedtimes, feeding times, and activity times help to calibrate your baby’s internal clock. A consistent bedtime routine will also let your baby know when it’s time for bed, making it easier for you as you won’t have to spend so much time trying to soothe her before she finally falls asleep.
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