It’s nap time and your baby’s being super cranky and difficult. A world that now you’re just too familiar with. With the loud crying, moaning and general sadness, it can be quite challenging for you if you’re a new mom. You need to find a way to make sure this doesn’t happen every time because then you’re in for a long ride.
One of the most important things to remember about nap time is that you and the baby are on the same side. Here are a few do’s and don’ts that can help you make nap time easier -
Setting a routine -
One of the main things parents and moms need to figure out is the nap routine. There are certain phases during the day when the baby needs to sleep and you must figure out when those timings are and them wrap the baby comfortably in baby sleep swaddle.
Try having the same nap times every single day and avoid any late afternoon naps. If your baby’s finding it harder to sleep at night, you could opt for nap time much earlier or wake them up well before bedtime.
Put them down when awake -
After a few weeks of getting used to it, babies don’t have to fall asleep every time you lay them down. As long as they’re drowsy in their carry nest sleeping bag, it works fine. You can also teach your baby to fall asleep without needing to be held, fed or even rocked.
This helps them learn to fall to sleep on their own if they ever wake up in the middle of the night, making your job easier.
Think safety -
SIDS also known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is one of the biggest fears when it comes to babies. It unusually occurs in babies within a year of their birth and during their sleep. You can avoid that by making safety a priority. Remove pillows, blankets, bumpers, stuffed animals or any other soft objects from the bassinet or crib.
Don’t rush in -
Some of the common baby sleep noises include sighs, whimpers, squeaks, hiccups and sneezing. You don’t have to rush in at any point and even crying or fussing may mean the baby is just settling in. Wait for a bit before you check on them.
Don’t leave them asleep in the car -
If your baby falls asleep in the car seat, that’s ok, but don’t let them sleep there for too long. The safest way to help them sleep is to place them on their back on a firm mattress that’s on the crib, as it can reduce the chances of SIDS.
With these tips in mind, sleep time should become much simpler for you, and end up with a happier, content and well-rested baby.