Though the desire of every mum out there is to have their baby in their arms all the time, that might make it difficult for them to work. The baby sleeps anywhere in the first parenting days. It could be in a sling, in the arms of the parent, in a swing, or a bassinet. However, a time will come when a mum will want her precious bundle to sleep in the crib. The following are incredible tips for a parent to get their little ones to sleep in the crib with little fuss.
Prepare the Baby
Recent research has found that toddlers start to make association when they hit four months, which is the best time for getting your baby to sleep in the crib. However, parents should note that their babies may not be ready to be far away from them. As such, parents may have to wait for a while before transitioning them from bassinet to crib napping depending on their temperament. Whether your baby will sleep in the crib or bassinet, experts recommend parents to keep their toddlers in their bedroom at least for six months.
Adopt a Mini Bedtime Routine
Of course, no one should put their little ones into a different sleeping space and expect things to flow as usual. Instead, parents should consider a short naptime routine and altered sleep schedule, which should be similar to the bedtime one, but make it shorter. That makes a child start getting the idea that is sleep time. Experts recommend parents to change their kid’s diaper and sing and rock in the room where they will be napping.
Prepare the Space
The room where the child will be napping should be dark and cool and with a temperature of between 16C and 19C. The room should also be quiet, and parents should never make the mistake of leaving their toddlers in bright and loud and busy places. However, this rule only applies for the first few months when the toddler starts to learn from the surroundings. For extra comfort, try playing some soothing baby music for your little one.
Be a Stickler
Changing human behavior takes at least three weeks. As such, parents aren’t only changing the behavior of their babies but theirs as well. The crib will eventually become the norm for your baby if you stick with it for at least three weeks. Once the baby starts to sleep in the crib, having a one-off nap elsewhere won’t set him or her back.
Parents might need to keep their little ones busy with toys and tummy time when they are up. I also observe my kid for signs of drowsiness before putting him in a crib. The baby should be able to fall asleep if the parent does everything right. However, for babies under six months, parents might need to get their kids sleep in the crib several times if he or she doesn’t get sleep on the first go. If the baby doesn’t want to sleep in the crib, consider other techniques and then transfer him or her to the cot. However, parents can consider allowing their over six-years-old kids to fuss for a while to soothe them to fall asleep.
Focus on Comfort
Of course, I do whatever I can to relax my child until he becomes drowsy. I have to wear him out during the day and fill his day with stimulating activities that make him feel worn out and tired at night. As such, the baby isn’t likely to notice where he will sleep. Parents are recommended to engage their children in an active activity an hour before bedtime to help their kid burn off extra energy.
It might also be prudent to give the baby a warm bath and/or massage to soothe their effect and relax their muscles. However, parents should avoid baths before bedtime if their kids often wake up after taking a shower. Alternatively, try to rub the arms, back, and legs of the baby to relax the muscles. Parents can skip this step if it seems invigorating to their little ones.
Minimize Physical Discomfort
Physical discomfort and pain will keep a toddler awake even if he or she will sleep in the crib or mum’s bedroom. Conversely, minimizing these discomfort and pain will enable a toddler to sleep in the crib or elsewhere. You can give kids little food before they sleep in the crib to prevent him or her from getting hungry shortly after sleeping.
Parents can also consider introducing an air filter or purifier in their baby’s room to make it easier for them to breath. Contaminants from pets and fuzzy blankets can make it hard for toddlers to breath. With a doctor’s permission, parents can give their toddlers a small dose of painkiller to relieve their teething pain.
As a parent, I make sure my little one is in pajama before getting to the bed. Nightclothes made of cotton is recommendable for babies with sensitive skin.
For the first few months, parents may consider getting their baby sleep the in the crib or their room until he or she is comfortable enough to sleep alone. After that, parents should add distance between themselves and their baby’s crib until the baby falls asleep.
Though the comfort of a parent might take a dent, air mattresses and fold-away beds can work as an alternative. Repeat the same for at least three weeks to allow the baby to adapt to their new sleep routine. After that, a parent can move onto a couch that is next to the crib as the toddler falls asleep. If the baby objects to the change, parents should comfort him or her as they move forward.
Simple songs and book can be helpful in getting a baby fall asleep. Unless the baby has excessive restlessness or abnormal, extensive crying fits, parents should take only a few days in this stage. Parents might need to give their little ones enough time to fall asleep.
If the toddler starts to cry, the parent should fight the urge to check on him or her; instead, they should wait for a few seconds before checking on them. If the baby continues to cry, the parent should comfort him and reassure him that all is well. You might need to calm the baby down a couple of times if he continues to cry even after calming him down. However, a parent might need to pick the baby and check if all is well, and then repeat the above process until he falls asleep.
Set a Bedtime Routine
Three months are enough for a parent to notice their baby’s bedtime routine. However, bedtime routines tend to vary, but most kids sleep after their diaper is changed and taking a warm bath. Baths before bed might not work for some babies, especially those that often experience a winding after a warm bath.
Parents should take time to observe the best bedtime routine for their toddlers and stick with it. Likewise, parents may consider injecting a little liveliness in their feeding program by speaking to their kids or singing a nursery rhyme to them. However, parents are recommended to minimize background noise as much as they can and create a tranquil ambiance. It is prudent to introduce a security object to a child immediately the toddler hits six months.
Toddlers start to exhibit signs of the anxiety of separation around seven months, so comfortable items such as a stuffed animal or worn-in blanket can go a long way there. A breastfeeding mother can try to express a little breast milk and put it in the security object to give their kids perception of closeness to them.
Caution, parents should not allow babies under six months to sleep with stuffed toys or blanket to minimize the risk of SIDS. Parents can also lay the foundation for the transition of their toddlers and allow them time to play and sleep in the crib. Likewise, it’s prudent for a parent to explain every move and use descriptors to point out the reasoning behind every new arrangement. Parents should let their little ones know their move’s significance and affirm their growing bravery and independence.
Give the toddler at least a week to grow before moving to the next step. Of course, parents don’t have to explain when introducing their infant to napping in the cot, but allowing them ample to play and sleep in the crib is crucial for their comfort in the new environment.
Though some parents love co-sleeping with their newborns, some don’t. Mine prefer to shut his little eyes in my arms. However, the internet is cluttered with resources that parents can use to make their kid’s transition and sleep in the crib safely and comfortably. Parents should take time to select the right crib for their newborns to make the change as seamless as possible. Assume the crib is where the child will spend his or her night or nap times. Adopt the above tricks today for a baby’s peaceful and smooth transition to the crib.