One problem of being a parent that you probably did not consider was how to get baby to sleep. You were probably nervous about changing diapers, breast-feeding or telling if your baby is sick. Now even with a healthy baby, problems can arise! It can be extremely difficult even to put your baby to sleep, even if you are doing everything right. There are a million different methods that are supposed to help to get a baby to sleep and since every baby is different, it may be a long-winded process to find our which strategy works for your baby. It is definitely worth it though, it will simply take a little bit of effort before things can get better. Before you start this tiring process, however, you might want to make sure that your baby’s sleeping problems have not been caused by wrong ‘sleeping equipment’. Providing a few little gadgets may sometimes actually do the trick and work well to put your baby to sleep.
Does your baby always manage to wriggle out of its PJs somehow? Are you under the impression that it may have problems sleeping because it is actually cold? No matter how carefully you wrap it in blankets, several times a night you walk in there to find a crying, cold baby? Then you should invest in a baby sleep sack, which will help to keep your baby wrapped up cozily at all times. They can simply be worn on top of babies’ PJs and will stop them from continuously ridding themselves off their clothes.
If you are worried about your baby’s safety, there are several options for you. First of all, does your infant have a baby pillow? Just as adults, babies need a little support for their head. Especially in the time before they can lift their heads themselves, it is actually crucial to provide them with a good pillow. Since regular pillows are too big and may smother babies, it is best to opt for a special baby pillow. Better safe than sorry!
Another little gadget worth looking at is a baby sleep positioner.
Experts are still disagreeing on the best and safest position for infants to sleep in. While some consider it best for babies to sleep on their backs, others point out breathing problems that may arise from this. Instead, they say, it is best to put a baby to sleep on its side. A baby sleep positioner may help you find a middle way and thus steer clear of any problems that may occur from having your baby either sleep on its back or on its side.
Baby clothes, travel gear and bedding can cost a lot of money! But you are bound to know other parents. So before you spend a lot of money on these gadgets, ask them if you can borrow theirs. And if you bought something that was supposed to help get your baby to sleep but is not doing the trick (at least not for your baby), don’t bin it! Keep it, you may be able to swap with other parents.
Baby sleep patterns are hard to understand and it takes a while until you learn to make the best of them. However, if you make sure to provide your baby with ideal ‘sleeping equipment’, this process will be much easier to get through. And soon, you, too, will be sleeping like a baby!