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HOW TO GET YOUR BABY TO NAP FOR LONGER

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The one thing that so many new parents are most concerned with is about sleep. When your new born comes along you will not sleep very much even though you wouldn't change it for the world sleep deprivation can be tough. I feel that the hardest part of becoming a parent for me was the first few weeks and the sheer exhaustion that overcame me. I cannot say this for all babies but getting them to nap is the easy part but making it last is where it can get complicated.

So I would like to share my top tips in getting your little ones to sleep through and hopefully with as it of luck become a little sleeper.

Routine

As I have said before having a routine is so important for your baby. It's human nature to want a routine and therefore, babies who have one, generally sleep better. In the first few weeks trying to get your new born into a routine can be hard. I can remember the countless days of staying in, missing out because I needed Amelia to stay in her routine. But it was all worth it! I think that it's best to try and get them into a routine as soon possible.

Dummy
 
Love them or hate them parents have been using these little gems for years. I know that there are some parents that choose not to use a dummy to soothe their child to sleep but for Amelia it helped soothe her instantly. Aside from the fact that it soothed her for sleep there are actually some benefits to using a dummy. I am however not here to say that you should use a dummy if you don't, whatever works for you. So the benefits...the sucking motion can teach them to self soothe and it relives pain, especially when they are teething. It has been said that a dummy may even help to prevent SIDS, however there not much evidence to support this as of yet.

I don't mind Amelia having a dummy at 15 months old, normally she only has a dummy if she is teething or if she is having a bad night. But when she is ready I am sure that she will give her dummy up and hopefully not be too bothered about that transition. Well that's what's I am hoping anyway.

White noise/night light/lullabies

When Amelia was a baby we used a hair dryer to calm her down. It was like magic, I couldn't actually believe it helped soothe her. But after this I was straight on my phone to download the latest white noise app and it was best purchase I ever made.

When it came to night time I would use her
elephant night light which plays lullabies and projects different coloured stars on her bedroom ceiling. When we travel or stay at other people's houses we use this cute seahorse which again plays lots of lullabies and has a night light. These have been known to be used with neo-natal babies.

Using your hands to soothe

Whenever I put Amelia to sleep, even now, I always with out fail stroke her face to help soothe her. But if she did stir during the night I would stroke her face or tap her tummy and once she started rolling and sleeping on her tummy, I would always rub her back.

Humming

If you hear your baby start to stir and you feel as if you want to comfort them go in their room and hum to them. Amelia loves its when I hum or sing to her (even though I can't) she somehow settles almost immediately. I sing to my little one most days, the comfort of my voice lulls her into a sleep.

So, now that I've given you my tips I will let you know what  exactly I do if Amelia does wake up during the night. I will be honest with you though it's not that often that we have wake ups in the night unless she's teething or going through a growth spurt (these suck).

If Amelia wakes I will try and give it a few minutes just to see if she can settle herself back to sleep, usually no more than 10 minutes. But if there is no way that she is falling back to sleep and is screaming or sitting up I will go to her. But I will try and go in with a soft approach and put her elephant night light back on, give her a dummy and place her yellow blanket across her, then pat her tummy. I will then try and leave and if I am lucky she will go straight back to sleep but if we have some trouble I would pick her up, give her a cuddle and slowly make my way out of the room.

If you are consistent with your methods I am more than sure that these wake ups with become less and less.
15 comments on "HOW TO GET YOUR BABY TO NAP FOR LONGER"
  1. Ha ha you need to come here it's a nightmare of sleeplessness. Thanks for linking up with #MaternityMondays

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    1. Oh no. Lets hope it gets better for you lovely! Thank you for your comments and hope you sleep sometime soon! :)

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  2. I agree that routine is key, we learnt that the hard way with our first :) #anythinggoes
    Sara | mumturnedmom

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    1. That is something that I have found is very important with Amelia. She knows when its nap time and bed time now! :) Thank you for your comments x

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  3. We have been incredibly lucky that our three month old is a very good sleeper. We get a solid eight hours out of him on the vast majority of nights (thought we think he might be starting to teethe, so that will end). We found white noise pretty amazing :) Awesome post #anythinggoes

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    1. That is great that you have a little sleeper...yay! Doesn't teething suck? I love the white noise app I had on my phone worked like a charm, but if this didn't work then Ed Sheeran would. She goes crazy when she hears his songs now. Its so cute. Fingers crossed teething doesn't mess with his sleep! Thank you for commenting x

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  4. Fantastic tips, I struggled to get my baby to nap when she was newborn and then decided to put her in her cot for naps away from the noise and distractions and she will now have 2 decent naps a day which means a happier mama and baba! I agree with routines, so important to be consistent, makes a huge difference. Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst X

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  5. I tried so many things to get my twins to nap for longer when they were babies. They'd sleep for 20 minutes then wake up. The only that worked in the end was to rock them back to sleep until they'd had around an hour. They soon slept straight through for that hour. Ah how I miss naps some days! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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  6. We rely on many of these to help our daughter to sleep at bedtime, but find them less effective during the day :( Either leaving her to feed on me or being in the pushchair seem to prolong naptime - woohoo! #binkylinky

    Helen x

    http://treasureeverymoment01.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. These are great ideas. I like the using your hands to soothe. Sometimes just rubbing his head or tummy would help settle my baby, other times nothing would haha.

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  8. Great tips :) I think routine is key, then parents can start a wind down just before nap or bed time :)
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
    Debbie

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  9. I can see this being a popular post as there's a lot of tired parents out there! I've always been lucky with my two as they inherited my heavy sleeper genes and can sleep through anything Just like me and my own mum!
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

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  10. I can see this being a popular post as there's a lot of tired parents out there! I've always been lucky with my two as they inherited my heavy sleeper genes and can sleep through anything Just like me and my own mum!
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

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  11. Ahh this brings back memories of me reading everything and anything on how I could get my babies to sleep longer when they were little! My eldest went through a habit of waking up after 40 mins (one sleep cycle) ALL the time and I couldn't get him to sleep longer. I tried waking him just before his sleep cycle so he would stir and then go into the next cycle but it never worked! #PickNMix

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  12. When your baby naps it makes such a huge difference. Ava would only sleep on us for a long time and will now happily sleep in her cot. I was onyl thinking earlier how much easier it is now. Routine is definitely the key. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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