How to Settle a Baby: 4 Helpful Tips
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“How to settle a baby”: it’s the age-old questions asked by parents worldwide. After waiting nine long months for them to arrive, bringing home your baby is an exciting new experience. After all, it’s finally time to start bonding with your little bundle of joy.
But, while their first months are a beautiful time of growth and development it can also be a tiring period for you and your partner.
As your bub adapts to the big wide world around them it’s normal for them to need frequent comfort.
You may be wondering what can be done to help your little one drift off to dreamland so you can get some much-needed rest. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, read on for four helpful tips.
Just as a structured bedtime routine may help you to fall asleep easier, it may also be a handy tool in your ‘how to settle a baby’ toolkit. People of all ages respond well to reliable routines, and your little one is no different.
Structure your baby’s day around satisfying their basic needs to start establishing good habits early on. The formula is simple: eat, play, sleep, repeat.
As soon as you spot your bub exhibiting sleep cues, it’s time to activate the bedtime routine. Whether this is a massage or a lullaby, by having a dedicated bedtime activity you may help your baby recognise when it’s naptime.
But remember, patience and consistency are key. Establishing this kind of routine doesn’t happen overnight.
On your journey to learning how to settle a baby, you may like to consider massage.
A warm massage is a great way to relax your baby, but remember to keep it light. It’s also a great chance to bond with your little one.
Ideal times to incorporate massage into your bub’s routine are immediately after a bath or just before their nap.
Be sure to create a calming environment with a warm, quiet space.
You may like to try a local baby massage class to learn the basics of baby anatomy, pressure and strokes. It’s also a great way to meet and mingle with other new mums!
Swaddling is a great tool for helping your baby to feel comfortable and relaxed.
Just as wrapping yourself up in a soft blanket or fluffy doona can help you feel warm and secure, a baby swaddle can provide a sense of reassurance and security for your bub.
A proper swaddle may also help to keep their temperature consistent, further supporting restful sleep.
If your baby struggles with sleeping independently, a baby sling might be useful. They may find close contact with your skin combined with the sound of your heartbeat comforting and relaxing.
Practical, versatile, and suitable for nursing, carrying and sleeping, the sling allows your baby to rest in a ‘froggy’ style position.
There are lots of types of baby slings and wraps, and it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. Get online and find your local baby-wearing group, and get in touch for advice on wraps and slings as well as how to use them.
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