It’s funny how before we become first time parents that we always set up this pre-determined notion in our mind of how our non-existent child will be.
The baby won’t be colicky. They will seldom cry. We’ll be able to escape the house and attend so many baby groups because their sleep schedule will be so perfect. And – speaking of sleep – it won’t even be a problem. The baby will sleep flawless and all through the night.
I don’t know about you, but I can surely admit that I was one hundred percent guilty of building up these unrealistic ideas of how I would parent and how my perfect little baby would be before I even became a Mom.
Let me tell you when the reality sunk in – it shook me to the core. It wasn’t as easy as I had once built it up in my head. In fact, it was quite opposite. My entrance to motherhood, while rewarding, was also challenging. The learning curve that came with it was noteasy to overcome and it took a lot of patience, tears and truly bonding while getting to know baby to get there.
Of all things, sleep was what came hardest for us. You know the saying “sleep when the baby sleeps…” Well – what happens when the baby doesn’t sleep? Because ours surely didn’t.
If you are currently enduring those sleepless nights, I’m here to tell you that it eventually does get easier and eventually you and your little one will find your rhythm. Until then I suggest trying some of my go-to tips to help create a soothing sleep routine and environment for baby. These tips may not be the cure all, but they may help your baby sleep for a longer period at a time. So, when the sleep just isn’t happening we all know how desperate we can feel and will try anything to make it happen. I’ve been there, I get it!
Tips to Help Create a Soothing Sleep Environment for Baby
Diaper. Placing your child in a good brand of diapers that offers optimal absorbency and comfort is key to setting your little one up for a good night of sleep. One of our go-to’s is Pampers Baby Dry diapers. This diaper is thin, lightweight, offers a comfortable cotton-like feel and extra absorbency channels, making it easier for baby to enjoy a comfortable and drier night of sleep, with up to 12 hours of overnight protection. In addition, the glorious thick-to-thin technology that Pampers Baby Dry offers also features all around stretchy sides that make for a more comfortable fit. Since switching our little guy to Pampers Baby Dry months ago, he has gone from waking up every few hours to sleeping 8 to 9 hours solid. If it wasn’t for the comfortable design of the diaper that offers the innovative absorbent layers that help babies stay up to 3x’s dryer by pulling the liquid away, I don’t think my little guy would be sleeping as soundly as he does. Make choosing a great diaper a huge priority in helping to set up a great night of sleep for your little one! It makes a world of difference.
Clothing. In addition to placing your child in a comfortable and absorbent diaper, like Pampers Baby Dry. Also remember that it is important to dress your child in a lightweight breathable sleeper. Remember that babies usually need just one more layer than adults, so an undershirt with a cotton sleep sack should be enough for most climates.
Temperature. Try to aim to keep the room your child is sleeping in at a relatively cool level. While researchers haven’t been able to pinpoint and exact temperature to keep a house set at for a comfortable night of rest, most suggest aiming between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. This will allow the body to easily be able to cool your body temperature down while not only you sleep, but also your baby. The temperature should be ideal for a lightly clothed adult.
Noise. Total silence is not something that most babies can relate to. Remember they spent 9 months in the womb; a place where things were quite noisy and not blocked off from sound. Consider investing in a white noise machine. White noise offers a soothing, rythmatic sound that will help calm your little one while also blocking out the sounds of cars driving by, people talking, and other everyday nuisances.
Lighting. Try to limit the amount of light in your little one’s room while they sleep. The darker the room the better. Hang blackout curtains to block out outside light, and consider dimming the lights when you’re getting baby ready to sleep, lowering them more and more as bedtime approaches.
Essential Oils. Consider using aromatherapy essential oils that are pure therapeutic grade to help create a soothing sleep environment for your little one. Scents like lavender, chamomile, ylang, ylang, frankincense and bergamot are all proven to help create a calming environment for sleep. Whether you place a drop on a special lovey or blanket, or use a diffuser – the use of aromatherapy essential oils may help your baby rest easier.
The great thing about all these tips is that they are not necessarily one size fits all for just baby. They are also sound tips for adults. Well – except for tip number one – you may want to skip using the Pampers Baby Dry on yourself. Although, they sure do sound like they would be quite comfortable, don’t they?!
I’ve been using Pampers since day one and only partner with brands I truly love, prior to being contacted. The opinions and advice on this blog are my own.