Many expectant parents wonder if they should be doing 4 months baby sleep training right from the start. There’s no set period in which to do this, nor is it written anywhere that you have to. However, there are a few things you can do to help your baby to sleep better at night. The more you understand what makes your baby feel drowsy and tired the better you can work towards helping them to avoid these feelings. You can do this through a variety of things including soothing bedtime routines, playing soothing music, ensuring the baby’s room is as quiet and soothing as possible, feeding them in the dark, encouraging bedtime games, and using aromatherapy.
When you begin your baby sleep training, make sure that you start with the basics – feeding, changing nappies, rocking etc. At this point, you don’t need to do anything else. However, you should begin to develop a routine around when you feed your baby, which is almost as important as feeding them at night. Once this is in place, you can start to introduce baby’s toys, bedtime songs, games, oils and creams etc into your routine.
One of the most important elements of baby sleep training is getting babies to fall asleep to their music. This means making sure you’re using consistent music, and not background tunes that are only going to be heard once, or twice throughout the night. This goes hand-in-hand with the other items you’ll be using in the room. You want the music to be soothing, so you’ll want it to be played at a volume that will not be obtrusive, but not so loud that your baby couldn’t hear it over the crying of their baby.
Baby Sleep Training Facts
It is very important for your baby to get into the habit of going to sleep with you and not against you. You can do this by having consistent bedtime routines and sticking to them at all times. The earlier in life this becomes a habit, the easier it will be to establish.
It is also very important that your baby get into the habit of going to bed. This usually happens in the first week of life, so don’t worry too much about it being ‘awkward’. When you two are both sitting in the same position on the bed, they will become used to being cooped up together, and the routine of falling asleep to music will become second nature. It’s just that this will take some getting used too. If you have a fussy baby or one who resists sleep, you might need to start putting him down shortly after his bottom is near the surface of the bed. This early ‘falling asleep’ stage is vital to baby sleep training.
It’s also very important to have the same bedtime ritual every single day. This way when your baby does get into the nap phase, he’ll have established a routine that will go on each night until he’s old enough to more fully wake up on his own. You can choose from ‘fall asleep to music’ or ‘fall asleep to light’. Just record your baby’s pattern for a week or so, and then try it again the following night. He’ll quickly pick up on the routine.
It’s also crucial to use consistency and patience with your baby sleep training methods. Some methods may require that you put a pacifier in your baby’s mouth whilst he is falling asleep. Whilst this is an instant source of comfort, it may upset your baby if you do this during the critical first weeks of baby sleeping. You must remember that baby sleep training is not something that can be achieved overnight, but with consistent and patience you will soon see results.
In The End
Remember too that there are a number of things you can do to help with your baby’s lack of sleep. Avoid taking naps during the day, as this disrupts their natural sleeping cycle. Also, avoid putting hot drinks or spicy foods near your baby’s bed, as these can trigger a sudden and unwanted nap. Most importantly of all, avoid feeding your baby before he’s hungry. This ensures that he won’t feel pressure at night and he’ll be far more relaxed and happy to fall asleep.