The struggle is real. Today’s parents are more tired than ever and the culprit is often a 10lbs bundle of love aka a non-sleeping baby. Sleep seems so natural, but so many parents are doing it wrong.
Today I attended Kylee’s lecture on the Top 3 Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping. And guess what, there are WAY more than 3 reasons why and here they are…
6 Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping
1. You are missing baby’s sleep cues
It’s important to spot baby’s glazed over look which typically happens 20 minutes before baby rubs his eyes and gets cranky.
2. Blackout shades
No, not blinds, not curtains, but dark black, you-can’t-see-a-thing blackout shades provide the best sleep environment for baby.
3. Patting, rocking or nursing baby to sleep
I know, we are all guilty. But did you know that these actions do not allow baby to learn to put himself to sleep? Baby needs to learn how to self-soothe.
4. Bedtime is too late
Wouldn’t you love some extra quiet minutes at night? Kylee suggests making baby’s bedtime 30-60 minutes earlier.
5. No consistent routine
We all know that life gets busy, but babies will benefit from a nightly routine of dinner, bath, books, and bed. A routine creates predictability for baby.
6. Use white noise or other noise machines
Finally, the baby is accidentally stimulated by white noise or other noise machines that play lullabies or ocean sounds. Kylee explains that the darkest brown noise found on LectroFan Kinder is ideal. The noise is boring, masks other noise and is soothing.
Hillary Perlman is a Sales and Marketing Associate for Mommybites. She holds a BA from Emory University in Atlanta and a Master of Public Health from NYU, and spent over 10 years working in the healthcare industry in both hospital administration and managed care. Prior to joining Mommybites, Hillary was a Community Manager for UrbanSitter, an online childcare platform. She lives in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of NYC with her husband and 2 children.
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