Sleep deprivation is a common occurrence for many new parents. A fractious baby and a tired parent is a frustrating combination so ensure not to excite your baby as sleep time approaches with these tried and tested snooze strategies.
Avoid Eye Contact
Prolonged or animated eye contact is extremely stimulating for your new baby, so try to avert your eyes as you’re putting baby to sleep or calming them after waking. If baby is positioned snugly and safely as in the Clevamama Memory Foam Cleva Sleep Positioner, this will not only provide 80% more support for baby but delivers a slight elevation to help ease discomfort caused by Colic, Reflux and Nasal Congestion.
Adjust the Lighting
To support your baby in understanding when it’s bedtime, endeavor to keep baby’s room dark. Make use of dark curtains or blackout shades such as the Gro-Anywhere Blind to simulate nighttime during the day and when baby wakes, regardless of the time of day, let open the curtains to allow the light in. This will help your baby to understand the difference and encourage the correct sleeping behaviors.
Keep the Room at the Correct Temperature
Research suggests that your baby will sleep most comfortably in a room with a temperature of between 16 degrees C and 20 degree C. Obviously depending on the seasonal temperature and the base temperature of your home, it’s vital that baby is neither too hot nor too cold. Take extra measures to keep your baby at the optimal room temperature by using the Gro-Egg Room Thermometer. This clever device changes colour to alert you as to whether the temperature of a room is too low, too high or just right. May also be used as a subtle nightlight.
Ensure your baby is dressed for sleep in the most comfortable and safest baby Gro available. Many babies develop a sensitivity to synthetic fabrics which can irritate and hinder sleep. Use natural fibers like cotton to avoid irritation and reaction, try the Gro-Suit Hetty, made from 100% soft-jersey cotton and featuring quilted sleeves to keep baby warm particularly through the winter months. Always check to see if sleepwear is flame-retardant and according to the consumer products safety commission, sleepwear should fit snugly.
Keep Baby Clean Overnight
One of the more common reasons for baby waking during the night, is a soiled or wet nappy. If baby sleeps through a wet nappy (soiled nappies should always be changed immediately) and you are not actively treating a nappy rash, don’t wake her/him. Use a super absorbent overnight nappy like the Bambino Nappy Set (a set of 12 reusable and 12 covers!) along with an application of nappy rash cream such as Lansinoh Diaper Rash Cream for extra skin protection. This should keep baby comfortable and asleep!
Swap a Cuddle for a Swaddle
Ask any new parent the making of the “baby burrito” is one of the most important parenting skills you will acquire when it comes to successfully getting baby to sleep. Newborns are comforted by a tightly packed space like the womb, so being wrapped in a swaddling blanket reproduces that experience for them. Swaddles such as the Grobag Swaddle or The Gro Company Up & Away Swaddle will provide comfort and calm to your tired baby.