My little guy’s birthday is coming up soon so I’m having a bit of a mommy moment–that is if a “moment” means the entire last month! I started thinking about putting him to sleep when he was so tiny. He would snuggle me and let me hold him like I was the only person in the whole world that made him feel safe. I would rock him and hold him until he fell asleep, put him into his crib, and slip out of his room as quietly as possible. 1 hour later, he would think it’s party time and would cry and scream until he was in my arms again! I started reading up on ways to make bed time easier after realizing that I could barely function at my job after not getting any sleep for days on end. For any of you new mommies out there, here are some tips that helped give me and my little guy some relief at bed time!
1. Start a bedtime routine. Anyone who knows my nightly routine knows that we practice “bath, bottle, bedtime.” Every night, he gets a bath, followed by a bottle full of almond milk (this helps for little ones with bad allergy issues!), and then he is rocked to sleep. When we are out later than usual, he gets completely out of whack and gets very fussy as all kids do. As long as we have our routine going the same way, he will fall fast asleep.
2. White noise. If you are wondering if getting a white noise machine is a good buy, let me be the first to tell you IT IS! We did not use an official machine, but rather a mini heater set on fan mode. This keeps baby from hearing any noises going on outside their bedroom and also makes them hear less if you’re sneaking out of their room after you’ve laid them down to sleep.
3. Lullaby. If you have a favorite slow song or lullaby, sing it!! My little one makes me sing a song my great-great-grandmother made up every night. The best part is, your baby doesn’t care if you sound like a squawking crow when you sing! It shows them that you take the time to sing to them & they think you sound like an angel. Well, at least he’s not old enough to tell me otherwise 😉
4. Swaddling for comfort. I don’t know about you other moms, but I just couldn’t get swaddling down using the pre-cut swaddle blankets. My mother and I were shopping at Hobby Lobby one day and decided to get a yard of jersey knit fabric cut to see if maybe the extra length would help. It worked for me! I could wrap him up like a burrito instead of trying to figure out which way to fold it and which corner I needed to tuck first.
If you have any tips or tricks for getting new babies to be more comfortable so they sleep longer, leave them in the comments below! All of us mommies need to stick together so we can help each other succeed! Learn from the struggles that we have been through and never be too proud to ask someone for help (or a nap).