Sleep Trouble: Practical Advice for Getting Baby to Sleep

For many moms, staying up late with a baby before going to work early in the morning can be unbearable. There is a ton of advice out there for getting your baby to sleep. Some of the advice is great, some of it is unrealistic, and some of it is just plain terrible.

At Nokï Baby, we know how tough it can be to get your baby to sleep. Check out some practical advice for making bedtime easier on your busy family.

1. Figure Eights

A lot of people discourage rocking your baby to sleep, because the baby may become dependent on that and refuse to sleep without being rocked first. But let’s face it, many of us working mommies do not have the time (or energy) to have nightly sleep battles with our babies.  Sometimes, for sanity’s sake, you’ve gotta rock your baby to sleep.

Out of all the rocking motions, the “figure 8” is the most effective. When you’re holding your baby, sway your hips as if you are using them to draw the number eight. This will soothe your baby to sleep more quickly than bouncing motions.

2. Full Belly

Have you ever noticed that when you eat a really big meal, you get sleepy right afterward? Food/milk can have the same effect on your baby. Try to feed your little one right before it’s time to go to sleep.

It’s also a good idea to give your baby a second bottle around midnight (if they’ve gone to sleep earlier) so that they don’t wake up crying in the middle of the night.

3. Turn the Lights Down Low

Melatonin is a hormone in our bodies that regulates our day and night cycles. By turning the lights down when you’re trying to put your baby to sleep, you are stimulating the production of melatonin, and encouraging your baby to doze off. If you do not have a light dimmer, you can turn the lights off and turn on a night light.

Do you have any other bedtime advice for busy families? What’s worked for yours?

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NaChe Thompson