Does your baby ever give you those quiet, yet angry baby smacks in sleep?
It happens to the best of us. I’m not going to sit up and claim that this particular method is some sort of positive baby behavior, but it sure is a sleep-aid. I mean, c’mon, when your baby is crying and trying to wake you up, what better way to make yourself get up and get some sleep than by just smacking him or her in the face a few times? Here are some tips that will help you stop the silent killer.
First off, take a look at your baby’s sleeping habits
Is he or she waking up every couple of minutes for no apparent reason? Or is your baby getting up very slowly all the time? If so, maybe you need to re-treat him or her with some soothing sleep medications. This is especially true if the baby is having trouble falling asleep on his own.
Many times a crying baby will go right to sleep and then wake up all by himself. This could be due to hunger, tiredness, or even just being territorial. The goal is to change this pattern by keeping your baby satisfied and fed through the night. Try to put baby to bed 30 minutes earlier, as this will also help with his or her sleep cycles.
Also, do your best to get your baby to bed on time. The earlier that your baby is ready to go to sleep, the more easily he or she will fall asleep on his own. So, be sure to get him or her ready for sleep, even if you have to stay up late to make sure that your baby is all right. This can prevent the possibility of a sleep emergency, which is a serious medical emergency that can be fatal if not treated properly.
One thing that many new parents do not do enough of is read baby’s bedtime stories
These stories are important because they teach a baby’s brain what times of the day he or she should be sleeping, and at what time it is best to wake up. The stories also help babies learn about body temperature, what he or she should be doing if it feels cold or hot, and other things. If your baby does not learn these things from you, try reading them out loud. Your baby will learn a lot from the stories, and it will help him or her to develop the skills he or she will need to sleep through the night.
It is also important that you play with your little one during the night. Even if you are breastfeeding, it is still a great idea to breastfeed for a little while after nursing. This helps to establish a good latch on to breast milk, and it helps baby feel close to you. If you are playing with him or her, talk to baby often, and be sure to cuddle with your baby close to your body. This helps him or her develop a sense of security and warmth, which is especially important when your baby starts to get hungry.
Another great way to get a good night sleep is to set up your baby’s bedroom and other rooms in a certain way
You want to create as much of a routine as you can. This will help your baby feel like a „home“ away from mom and dad, and it will make going to sleep times much more comfortable for him or her. A great way to do this is to color your walls, and hang pictures or other decorations in the room. Have some of your favorite music playing, and maybe even put on a cd of relaxing music that you enjoy.
You should also know when to let go of your baby after he or she has had a few minutes of sleep. Some people think that you should hold your baby until he or she is old enough to fall asleep on their own, but this is not how it works. Babies need to learn to fall asleep on their own, so don’t resist letting go of your baby after a couple minutes of sleep if he or she wakes up crying. It will be far too early to fuss over your little one when he or she starts wailing in pain the second they wake up! Remember to give your baby plenty of love and attention when he or she is a baby, but also take care of yourself as well!