If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a parent with a newborn baby. Being a new parent comes with an array of challenges, and getting your bundle of joy to sleep through the night might just top the list.
Sleep, a seemingly simple human necessity, becomes a complex puzzle when it comes to babies. So, if you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep with your baby, here’s a much-needed guide to sleep training your newborn, plus a few fool-proof tips from us to get your little one to sleep soundly throughout the night.
Sleep Training Explained
Sleep training is a method to teach babies to snooze on their own and stay asleep throughout the night. Once adept in self-soothing, babies can typically enjoy 9 to 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep, benefitting both their mood and the well-being of postpartum parents.
However, sleep training shouldn't start before a baby is at least five months old since they experience significant developmental changes around the third and fourth months, including a baby sleeping pattern shift during the four-month sleep regression.
Sleep Training Tips
Transitioning to good sleep habits for your baby doesn't have to be a solo mission. With a little help, you can guide your little one into dreamland more peacefully. Check out these sleep training tips:
1. Use Sleep Soothers
Ever wish you had a magic wand to whisk your baby to sleep? Enter the sleep soothers! With calming sounds and lullabies, it will help your baby feel like they're still in your arms, all snug and ready for sleep. Baby Company has a variety of sleep soothers from Zazu to soothe your little one with calming sounds and music.
2. Swaddle for a Snug Embrace
Swaddles for babies provide a comforting 'hug' that enhances your baby's sleep quality, encouraging longer rest periods without the need for constant holding. Baby Company has a collection of baby swaddles and blankets designed to mimic that snug and safe sensation for your baby, making it easier for them to fall asleep without being held. It's like a cozy little cocoon!
3. Pacifiers for Peaceful Slumber
If your baby gets fussy, a pacifier can be a real lifesaver. It helps satisfy their instinctive sucking reflex, which is incredibly soothing and can help them self-soothe back to sleep. Baby Company offers a variety of pacifiers for babies aged 0 to 12 months.
4. Cuddle Companions
Big babies looking for a bedtime buddy? Give them a soft plushie perfect for cuddling up with as they doze off. Baby Company offers a selection of plush toys for babies that come in a range of cute designs that babies will love to snuggle with. Get your baby one or two of our Dino and Bunny Plushies to accompany them to dreamland.
5. Luxurious Crib Beddings
Sometimes, all it takes is the right environment. Soft, comfortable crib bedding can make all the difference, setting the stage for your baby to drift off into a comfy sleep without a care in the world. Baby Company’s collection of bedding and blankets ensures that your baby sleeps peacefully and comfortably in their crib.
Remember that sleep training journey is as unique as your little one, with numerous techniques to explore. The long-term benefits are clear: successful sleep training can lead to improved sleep for babies and, consequently, for the parents, resulting in happier days and peaceful nights.
Ready to embark on this transformative journey? Remember to swing by Baby Company stores or shop online for all your baby’s sleep essentials, including baby mattresses, baby bedding sets, and the coziest stuffed toys for babies, to comfort them to dreamland.
Sweet dreams and happier mornings are just a sleep-training adventure away!