10 Baby Sleep Solutions

It’s 3 am, and you would literally give up an arm (okay, maybe just a finger), if your baby would just sleep. You are doing the same trick you usually do, but it is just not working. Well, sometimes, you need to get creative. There are times I have literally worked my way through 10 tricks before one worked. It is all about trial and error, and what works today may not work tomorrow.

1.  Avoid Eye Contact – Babies are very stimulated by prolonged eye contact. So, this should be avoided while calming him when he wakes up or putting him to bed.

2.  Room Temperature – Experts recommend keep the room between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Even a couple degrees either way can wake a baby from a sound sleep. If the nursery is furthest from the thermostat, put a thermometer in the room. A space heater or fan can help regulate the temperature.

3.  Soothing Sound – It is no secret that babies love soothing sounds and white noise. In utero your baby was constantly soothed by your heart beat and digestive noises. I recommend a wall-mounted fountain. The sound of cascading water will soothe both you and your baby. You can get one from online stores such as LuxeWaterWalls.com.

4.  Bedtime Routine – Having a bedtime routine will allow his internal clock to naturally calm him down. Reading a book, giving a warm bath, or singing a lullaby will help, if you’re consistent.

Reading a book before bedtime has become our habit.
Reading a book before bedtime has become a habit at home and away from home.

5.  Swaddling – Some parents swear by turning a baby into a burrito. When your baby was in your womb, he was tightly packed, so swaddling duplicates that experience.

6.  The Drive-by – When you pass another car driving at 10 miles per hour in your neighborhood at 2 am, there is a good chance it’s another parent trying to get their baby to fall asleep. There is just something about a car ride that works.

7.  Hair Dryer – Call it quirky, but when it works for you, you’ll never look at another hair dryer the same way. Turning a hair dryer on will become a favorite tip in the winter, when you have to get out of your warm bed. The hot air will help warm you up.

8.  Overnight Diapers – If you were in a wet diaper, you would probably wake up and be miserable, too. Super absorbent overnight diapers are well worth the money spent on them.

9.  Massage – The University of Miami Touch Research Institute states that babies who receive a 15-minute massage before bed fall asleep faster.

10.  Natural PJs – Babies have such delicate skin that a fabric that seems acceptable to you can feel like sandpaper to them. Natural fibers are recommended over synthetic ones.

What’s Best For Babies?

There is going to be a baby shower party tonight. W, One of the girls in Estee Lauder, will be having a baby girl. Everyone she knows are invited. I am not sure if I can attend because I will work until closing tonight.

At the break room (on a lunch break), we were talking about her plan when the baby comes out. W still having second thoughts if she will breastfeed or get a baby formula. She strongly agrees to the breastfeeding idea, but she worries about the time for her baby. Her option of getting a baby formula is on top of her head.

An associate said to W something about baby formula saving. Instead of buying expensive formulas, the alternative to this Parent’s Choice Infant Formula. Not only this is very affordable but also, it has the same nutritional value like those expensive formulas sold in the grocery stores. Most working mothers are giving their babies formula. But if she really wants to breastfeed her baby, that would be great. Breastfeeding is best for babies up to two years. It helps boost and strengthen babies’ immune system. There is no question with that. I do not have either because I agree with it.

W will be getting a lot of advice on that tonight at the party. Gee, have not bought something for the baby yet. Might work on it during my lunch break.

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