5 Sleeping Tips for Baby's First Months

newbory baby sleeping peacefully

Putting the baby to sleep is usually one of the biggest challenges first-time parents face.

Fortunately, in most cases, all it takes is a little know-how from those with more experience.

Today, we'll share that experience with all of you first-time parents looking for guidance. Here are five tips that can help you put your baby to sleep safely and relatively quickly.

1. Ensure your baby has a safe sleeping environment.

Maki Grey Crib in nursery

This is the cardinal rule. You can't even think of getting your little one to sleep soundly until you've ensured this.

The main thing you're looking out for here would be anything that puts your baby at risk for SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome.

Start off by ensuring you have a properly arranged nursery for your little one.

Luckily, it's really easy to shop for nursery items in Singapore now. A lot of great furnishings have hit our shores in the past few years.

Focus in particular on getting a sturdy, safe crib.

Cosleeping isn't as safe as putting your infant in a crib, studies show. That's why it's better to have your infant in a crib of his own for now.

Look for ones that are tough as well as tested for VOCs and off-gassing that could interrupt your baby's sleep.

You can usually ask vendors for help if you're having trouble finding the right crib. The best ones have huge inventories too so you'll be spoiled for choice.

For instance, here at Hatchery Cribs, our cribs come in all shapes and sizes. We even have convertible cribs as well as portable ones - like the Babyletto Maki Crib, for example.

Even more importantly, all of our items are selected with a view to ensuring safety and health.

2. Reinforce the idea of night being for sleep.

baby sleeping night time concept

There are several ways to do this, and they may have to be adjusted based on your child's developmental stage.

But basically, it involves ensuring the baby can see daytime as brighter, more active or noisier, and better for napping than night-time.

Open the curtains, don't tiptoe around too much, and speak at normal-to-low volume at this time. This will help the baby figure out that daytime is different from night-time.

That way, he's encouraged to sleep for longer periods when it's nighttime and you turn off the lights, cut the noise, and so on.

3. Plan your baby's bedtime.

baby boy feeling sleepy while lying down

Babies, particularly young ones, don't sleep for uninterrupted stretches of time. However, they still sleep a requisite number of hours each night based on their developmental stage.

What you want to do is use that knowledge to schedule the beginning of your baby's nighttime sleep.

For instance, say you have an infant - a month-old child. They sleep from 8 to 10 hours a night.

If you don't want to start your day at, say, 4 in the morning, don't put your baby to bed at 8 in the evening.

Do the nighttime routine a little later and just let him take a short evening nap if he's tired before that. This will also train him to sleep using that schedule.

4. Consider swaddling.

A lot of babies sleep better when swaddled. Interestingly enough, some who hate it at first even end up loving it later on!

This may be because babies are in such a state of rapid change all the time. Even their preferences may change very quickly.

So, consider swaddling your baby to help him sleep better, even if you've tried it before and he didn't seem to like it. That the comforting feel of it is just what he needs to sleep better now!

5. Cool the room.

This isn't to say you should make it freezing, but like us, most babies sleep better when it's cooler.

Try making it so the nursery is about 21 to 23 degrees Celsius. This is usually a sweet spot for babies where sleeping temperatures are concerned.