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Sleep Tools To Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night

Like most new parents, when I had my first child, my husband and I had no idea what we had coming. You leave the hospital with this tiny being that you are completely responsible for with no handbook and only the lessons of your prenatal classes faintly swimming around in your mind. In the first few weeks, there were many things that happened that we were sort of prepared for. But until you’ve had a baby you can’t fully understand how sleep, or lack thereof, now plays a role in your life and how desperate you’ll be for helpful sleep tools and tips!

All parents struggle with sleep issues at some point. Doesn’t matter if it’s your baby or toddler, sleep struggles can seem like a never-ending journey on a very sleep deprived road. You may not be aware, but there are small changes that can be made to any sleep routine that can help your baby sleep through the night.

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Four Key Sleep Tools From the Good Night Sleep Tool Kit

Create Your Baby’s Sleep Sanctuary

Practice the ABC’s of safe sleep (Alone, on their Back, in their Crib), and create a dark, quiet, and cool sleep environment. Use black out blinds, and a white noise machine to achieve ultimate sleep success.

Sleep Tip!

  • Keep your baby’s sleep environment consistent for both naps and night sleep so that they begin to feel safe and secure in their crib.
  • Wondering if baby is too hot or too cold? Place two fingers on the back of their neck to get the best feel for their body temperature.

Make Naps a Priority During Daytime

Work with your baby’s circadian rhythm schedule to encourage healthy sleep. Promoting an age appropriate nap schedule will keep your baby well-rested making bedtime easier and night sleep more restorative.

Sleep Tip!

  • Before putting baby down for their nap make sure they are clean with full tummies.

Introduce a Calming Bedtime Routine

A consistent soothing bedtime routine is a set of activities you practice that helps your baby predict bedtime. Include bath time, stories, cuddles, and gentle talks to your baby’s bedtime routine.

Sleep Tip!

  • Massage and touch is a great addition to your baby’s bedtime routine. It can relax them and promote longer sleep at night.

Choose a Sleep Method For Your Family

You must be comfortable with your baby’s sleep plan and the method you choose so that you can be consistent. It’s important to do your research and choose a method that both you and your partner support.

Sleep Tip! 

  • Make sure to put on a clean diaper right before bed. Using the right diaper is going to give you more confidence to help your baby sleep through the night. Pampers diapers are designed to pull away liquid to help keep baby dry.

Following these steps towards healthier sleep will allow the entire family to get the best sleep they need to function as a healthy and happy family unit.

Alanna McGinn
Alanna McGinn
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Expert of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is host of the ‘This Girl Loves Sleep’ Podcast and author of ‘This Baby Loves Sleep’. Alanna has established the world-wide brand of Good Night Sleep Site as being a #1 sleep resource for families and her and her team of sleep consultants strive in helping families (baby to adults) and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and how to work with a Good Night Sleep Consultant at www.goodnightsleepsite.com and follow Alanna and all her sleep tips on Instagram - @GNSleepSite.

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