There are numerous factors why your baby could be having difficulties sleeping. Factors such as ringing phones, a creaky floor, light, or even a running machine can affect your baby’s sleeping patterns making him a light sleeper. By whom do some babies seem to sleep deeply than others? According to experts, different brains will block different environmental stimuli differently when sleep.
Even when deep asleep, the brain still receives and processes sensory information. Although you cannot make your baby’s brain less sensitive to external stimuli, there are several things you can do to get them to sleep for longer.
1. Let them sleep alone
Experts recommend sharing a room with your baby to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, transitioning to a crib after six months after they have outgrown the bassinet. Keep in mind that bassinets are not recommended once the baby is able to roll over. After, they are six months, putting them down to sleep in a different room helps to reduce the chances of them being awoken every now and them.
2. Ensure the room is quiet, cool, and dark
The thermostat should always be turned down at night and if your baby is comfortable with it, keep the door shut to keep out any disturbance. Room-darkening blinds are also a great idea even when they do not complement your décor. They do not need to be pretty. You just need them to be functional.
3. White noise
White noise helps to calm the baby and put them to sleep. When using this trick, ensure that the source of the white noise is directed away from the baby. You can use a fan or set the radio between two stations to create a natural sound that masks all other noises in the house.
Alternatively, you can go for a kid-specific white noise machine. Always turn off the machine after the baby sleeps since it is likely to interfere with them sleeping when the noise is not present.
4. Take a walk
Taking a walk under the sunlight helps them to regulate their circadian rhythms and daytime naps allowing them to sleep better at night. However, keep in mind that, should your baby be woken up by any form of disturbance, you will have to start the process all over again.
5. Proper use of the baby monitor
Baby monitors help us to keep an eye on our babies. Caution should however be taken not to contribute them the sleeping problem.
Babies have an active and quiet sleep. While in quiet sleep, they are usually in deep sleep with no movements of noises. On the other hand, active sleep is whereby the baby opens her eyes and vocalizes while sleeping. Making noises or moving around does not mean your baby is awake. Take a few minutes before going to his rescue to see if he will fall asleep on his own.
6. Give time for self-soothing
If your baby self-soothes, he is likely to go into deep sleep more quickly. Since light sleepers tend to wake up more frequently, being able to self-soothe and sleep on their own is important. Set up a routine for falling asleep to help your baby know what to expect.