For you and your little one, baby naps can be a restful time, but the process of getting your baby to sleep during the day can be the opposite. The best thing is a baby sleeping in your arms but it makes it rather hard for you to do things. That’s why some parents would like to introduce crib sleeping to their little ones as early as possible. Training your little ones to sleep on their own in a crib or bassinet can be taught to them in some ways.
Here’s how to get her to sleep with as little fuss as possible when you’re ready to transition your baby to nap in her crib.
Create the Optimal Sleep Environment
It may seem like we are obsessed with the sleep environment, but this is because the key to a successful plan is an optimal sleep environment. To help your baby avoid themselves from looking through the room, you need your baby’s room to be really dark. A bright room is going to disrupt a nap. If your baby sleeps alone, simply dimming the room can cause him to put together sleep cycles.You also want to make sure you have a cool and quiet room for your baby. Naps are easily interrupted by noise, so you have to keep the room of your baby quiet.
Try to Let Them Sleep Alone
While it is common for babies to be moody especially when sleepy, some babies can sleep on their own let alone in their cribs. Give them a chance to sleep on their own but avoid forcing them to. To do this, you can put your baby down to the crib while your little one is awake. However, if he or she gets upset, rock him or her to sleep for a while. Consistently do this each day every napping session until he or she is left alone to sleep in the crib. Keep in mind that this strategy will not work immediately. There is no definite length of time for your little one to get used to this.
Do a Routine
You don’t have to do anything long or elaborate, but before every sleep, you can do a few things. This could be singing a song or humming a tune in your baby’s room while swaying them in your arms and that’s enough for a nap routine.Your baby will begin to think that sleep will come.
Time it Right
Hold your baby busy with things like tummy time on the floor when your baby is up. Look for signs of sleepiness, then start your routine and put your baby in the crib. If you’re all right, babies should be able to go to sleep. For babies under six months, if it doesn’t work on the first go, it suggests trying it a couple of times.But after that, if your baby doesn’t fall asleep, put the baby to sleep just as you would normally do, then transfer the baby to their crib.
Lower your baby in the crib, put her bum down first, and then lay down her head. Place your baby on his or her back to sleep and clear the blanket crib and other soft items.Once your baby is in the crib, you can either lay your hand on her stomach or pat her rhythmically — both of these things will help her settle down.
Similar to getting used to practice, your baby will get the most out of their daytime naps if he or she regularly does the sleeping for a similar time for each day with a consistent length of sleeping time. In some cases, of course, there will be times when this norm is not followed, but you don’t have to worry since this won’t harm your little one.
Avoid Unnecessary Holding
As much as possible, avoid holding, rocking or feeding your little one to sleep. This may be the only way for your baby to sleep, but when your little one has already drifted to sleep, gently put them down to their cribs. Avoid doing rushed and slightly rough actions after they sleep. Also, avoiding these holdings will help them get used to sleeping without you spending too much energy.
When you have already put your little one down to the crib to sleep, monitoring them from time to time will help in making sure that they are already in their deep sleep.
Lastly, and the most important way to get your baby to sleep in a crib is to make sure they are ready. While most babies can be introduced to crib napping at around three to four months, some babies just can’t. The time where your baby can be ready depends on his or her temperament. Waiting for this to happen might take you a few more weeks than the usual. To know that your little one is ready, try putting them down to the crib for around once or twice a week and when they are not are hot-tempered as before, then you can slowly introduce your little one to crib napping.
While having your babies sleep in your arms is the best, it is rather difficult to have get some things done while carrying a baggage. Helping you babies get to sleep in the crib on their own will not only help your babies gain a feeling of independence, but will also help you to save time and energy and also helps you to have more work done compared to them sleeping in your arms. Just remember one thing. While you are introducing them crib napping, may it be a crib or a bassinet, keep in mind to have your baby’s sleeping area in the same room as yours.