If you’re dreaming about the day, when you’ll finally be able to get a decent night’s rest, you’re not alone! Most parents of babies and toddlers, struggle to get adequate sleep. So if you’re looking for helpful tips to help ensure that your little toddler or baby starts to sleep throughout the night, simply continue reading.
7 Magical Tips To Get Your Little One To Sleep Through The Night:
Experiment with brainwave music when you tuck your little one into their crib
Why not try playing brainwave music when you tuck your baby or toddler into their crib? Brainwave music has been proven to soothe babies and toddlers brainwaves, which allows them to enjoy a calm, restful night’s sleep. So if your little one struggles to fall asleep or has a tendency to wake up after the quarter of an hour, it’s well worth playing brainwave music when baby’s bedtime rolls around. If you haven’t had any concepts of brainwave music, see this post or check out the video below.
Consider purchasing overnight diapers, instead of disposable diapers
If you often get up in the wee hours of the morning because your baby or toddler has woken crying as a result of an uncomfortable, wet diaper, you’ll find that opting for overnight diapers over regular diapers will change your life. Cloth diapers are ideal for bedtime as they are stronger and more absorbent than disposable diapers. Better yet, cloth diapers are also free of potentially harmful synthetic fibers.
Choose best toddler pillow
Whatever you do, don’t place an adult size pillow in your toddler’s crib as a regular pillow may smother your toddler. Instead, invest in a pillow which has been specifically designed for little heads. Pillows designed for toddlers are also softer and are designed to safely cradle your little one’s head so that they’re able to drift off to the land of nod.
Get your baby or toddler used to a fixed bedtime routine
Both babies and toddlers need regular routines in their life. If you make a habit out of putting your child down to sleep at the same time each night, they’ll find it far easier to drift off to sleep than if you put them to bed at different times, each night. Babies do well sleeping through the night with full tummies. You may also want to consider bathing your baby before you put them to sleep each night as they’ll begin to associate bath time, with their bedtime.
When it comes to pj’s, opt for natural fibers
Although it may be tempting to purchase the cutest pj’s that you come across, it’s well worth checking the label of any pj’s that you’re tempted to throw in your shopping basket as it’s common for young children to develop an irritation to synthetic fibers. When in doubt, remember that you can’t go wrong opting for 100% cotton pj’s.
Invest in a good pair of black out curtains
If you want your baby or toddler to sleep soundly during summer or to be able to nap peacefully in the afternoon, you may want to consider putting up blackout curtains. Blackout curtains are a godsend as they’ll make it possible to simulate the dark of nighttime when the sun is out and shining.
When you’re ready to wake your little angel, simply draw part of your blackout curtains open, so that their eyes slowly adjust to the bright light. Pretty soon, your little one will know that when it’s dark it’s time to sleep.
Get into the habit of telling a bedtime story each night
Even if your little one is too young to understand bedtime stories such as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” or “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, the soothing sound of your familiar voice, will help your baby or toddler drift off to sleep. After all, nothing will calm your baby down before putting him or her in the crib or pack-and-play, quite like the sound of your voice.
Best of all, reading your child a bedtime story is a right of passage and a tradition that you can continue, long after your little one moves from their crib to their very first big boy or big girl bed.
Breathe a sigh of relief. Believe it or not, the day when you’re able to sleep for a few hours in a row, without being woken up by your little one, is in the near future, not your distant future. So what are you waiting for? When your little angel’s bedtime arrives, why not try one of the above techniques out for a spin?
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Author Bio: I’m Aliza Sartor, a mom of two children, founder of BabyInform.com. I love reading, cooking and doing meditation. To become an intelligence mom is not easy, I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way. You can read more of my writing at Babyinform.com