In the early stage of infancy, babies need the highest amount of sleep, which is often alternated between their times of feeding throughout the day, and when not followed or disrupted, cab make babies extra fussy to the point it becomes too difficult for them to fall asleep even when they want to. Although an infant’s sleeping pattern can be quite irregular, which means they may also be awake in the middle of the night or in the wee hours when everyone else is asleep, this does not take away from the fact that their little delicate bodies need as much as 12 to 18 hours of sleep every day so they do not get fussy.
For moms and babysitters, especially the new ones, taking care of an infant can be more challenging than it seems, not just because of the delicate care required round the clock, as they will also have to learn to function with very minimal sleep since this typically becomes the norm when you have an infant to care for. For new mothers, especially after child birth, having an assistant to help them care for their newborn particularly in the first few months will help to lessen the sleepless nights, although for mothers who have years of experience with previous children, the process can be much easier.
To facilitate faster sleep in babies so they feel comfortable and keep them from being too fussy for sleep, new moms and their caregivers can start developing routines to make babies sleep better, such as doing gentle massages before bedtime, or keeping them busy and active during the day either outdoors for long walks or indoors with toys like limited edition teddy bear for babies so they naturally fall asleep come bedtime. Sounds with rhythm or playing a relaxing music can also help especially when babies find it difficult to sleep so long as it is not too noisy.
One of the things that mothers may also overlook is their own state of emotion when with their baby especially during bedtime, which babies will easily notice and feel right away, so coming to bed stressed may often make babies uncomfortable and fussy. To keep this from ruining baby’s bedtime, it will be helpful for mothers to stay mindful of their emotions and remember to relax once they hold their child, which they can do by winding down in a relaxing, warm bath or playing soft music before bedtime, and making sure to speak and breathe calmly when putting baby to sleep.
Helping babies to fall asleep naturally in a conducive environment not only helps babies to be relaxed, as it also helps to regulate their pattern of sleeping so parents can also go back to their normal schedule faster and take rest when needed.