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. I’m happy to have partnered with Pampers Canada, they were a staple in my home for over five years with my three children, and together we want to share some sleep tools to help your baby sleep better so that your entire family is well-rested and set up for next day success.
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.
- 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.
- Before putting baby down for their nap make sure they are clean with full tummies. To avoid naptime leaks and blowouts use Pampers diapers. Their extra sleep layer pulls away wetness to help keep them clean and dry, and encourages those nice long naps we all want for our little ones.
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.
- Massage and touch is a great addition to your baby’s bedtime routine. It can relax them and promote longer sleep at night. To continue the relaxing soft feel on your baby’s skin you need pay attention to what you dress them in. One of the reasons why I was a Pampers parent was that I loved how soft they felt against my baby’s skin. Pampers stretchy sides and soft material help keep your baby relaxed and comfortable even once placed in their crib.
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.
- 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.
Disclosure: Good Night Sleep Site and Pampers Canada have partnered to help parents get a good night’s sleep tonight for a successful day tomorrow. All opinions expressed are those of the author.
Alanna McGinn is a Certified Sleep Consultant and Founder of Good Night Sleep Site – a Global Pediatric and Family Sleep Team. She provides free child and family sleep support through her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She invites you to join her sleep community as she works towards Good Night Sleep Site’s mission of a healthier rested family unit. For more sleep tips please visit Good Night Sleep Site. Join our movement and #BringBackBedtime.