Snooze Strategies A to Zzz
Avoid Eye Contact: Lasting, animated eye contact is stimulating and can prolong getting a baby to sleep.
Bath-time: Warm water & soft washcloth strokes will likely calm and relax a baby.
Co-sleeping: Babies who co-sleep with their parents develop higher self-esteem & have less anxiety.
Dreamfeed: By feeding a sleeping baby before mom goes to bed, may buy interrupted sleep.
Empty the Crib: Items in the crib (blankets, toys) can be a potential hazard & cause choking or suffocation.
Fragrance: Essential oils (lavender) has relaxing & anti-anxiety benefits.
GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease is known to disturb babies sleep.
Hands-on: When lying a baby in the crib, gentle touches on the head, arms & tummy to soothe her.
Ideal Bedtime: Setting a sleep schedule is important and helps to avoid over tiredness.
Jammies: Pick jammies that fit snugly & is made of natural fibers to avoid skin irritation.
Keeping Cool: It’s recommended to keep a baby’s room at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lights Out: Create a dark environment for baby to sleep in. Avoid nightlights.
Massage: Babies and toddlers who get a short massage before bedtime fall asleep quicker than those read to.
Naps: Are important for a baby’s mental & physical growth and they’ll sleep longer if they nap regularly.
Overnight: Night diapers and diaper cream will make it more comfortable for baby and hopefully asleep!
Pacifiers: Are a great object to use to help baby soothe themselves to sleep.
Quirky Fixes: Be flexible and willing to try different things to soothe baby, i.e. driving around the neighborhood.
Routines: Choose a bedtime ritual for baby and stick with it. Consistency is key!
Swaddling: “Baby burrito” will save you. This technique mimics the tight womb and will naturally calm baby.
Telling a Story: Before bed reading or telling a story can be relaxing for you both and be a great time to bond.
Understanding Cues: Watch for baby’s cues and you’ll eventually understand when she's ready for bed.
Voice: Newborns by now know mom’s voice. Speak softly and baby will naturally drift off to sleep feeling safe mom is close by.
White Noise: In the womb there was constant, loud noises. Baby may sleep easier with a fan or white noise machine.
XOXO: Longer and deeper sleep is a result of loves and kisses.
You are my Sunshine: Singing is a soothing technique to calm sleepy baby.
Zzz: What is that sound? A sleeping baby!