It’s a known fact: babies don’t have the same sleep rhythm as adults. As an expectant parent, you might be dreading when the time comes to say goodbye to your uninterrupted nights of sleep. And if you are a new parent, you have surely experienced the difference by now. No wonder there is a lot of literature out there about baby’s sleep, promising miracle techniques to soothe your baby to sleep. But soon you realize that there’s just no one size fits all answer to what has been a mystery for millennia… because every baby is unique! But that’s okay. Wherever you are at right now, there is always hope and a better option. The first step in finding what works for you is to get a clear understanding of baby sleep.
Your baby’s sleep will change as they grow. In general, though, this is what you can expect:
Just like adults, babies have their own personality and preferences. So unfortunately we can’t suggest a one-size fits all routine that will work for sure. But having a bedtime routine is essential.
What kind of routine? This is yours to figure out. Some parents only spend five to ten minutes reading stories before kissing goodnight, whereas others do other activities for longer periods of time. As for what is called “sleep training”, some experts recommend initiating it as early as eight weeks old, whereas others advise to wait until three or four months old. Here again, it is up to you to find what applies to your situation. Suggested techniques may range from the “cry-it-out” method or gentler alternatives. Above all, be patient! Recognizing the signs of fatigue in your baby can be of tremendous help (rubbing eyes, yawning, fussing…).
SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and is defined by the unexpected and unexplained death of a healthy baby that is less than a year old. No one knows for sure why it happens, but adapting security measures has been proven to diminish this risk. These are:
Now, these are just a few suggestions that you can try to implement to see whether they could be of good use for you and your baby:
To conclude, please don’t feel like a failure if you haven’t found anything that seems to work for you yet. In addition, some techniques might work for a little while before your baby starts recognizing and resisting them. You may need to be creative and versatile. In a nutshell, when it comes to baby sleep, it can be a long learning curve filled with trials and errors. But don’t get discouraged and don’t compare yourself too much with other parents. No one knows your baby better than you. Keep trying, you got this!