It’s not something every parent anticipates when having a new baby but sleep problems is very common when adjusting to parenthood. The entire new baby experience may be overwhelming and lack of sleep can only intensify the situation. It’s not uncommon for parents to get their babies to fall asleep, only to face the same thing a few hours later. With many interruptions in the middle of the night, you wonder if you will ever get a good night’s sleep again.
It’s then important to try to set a series of bedtime rituals to calm your baby and get them ready to sleep. Over stimulation is a major cause of baby sleep problems. Everyday noises such as television, videos, loud music, raised voices may contribute to the problem. Unlike babies, adults are desensitizes to the everyday noises so it’s important when bringing a new baby into the home, the environment is kept tranquil, conversations levels low and windows are closed if you live on a noisy street.
A survey conducted showed that 93% of parents said that playing calming music helps create a calming and relaxing environment, which not only calms their baby and help solve their baby’s sleep problems, but also helps the parents themselves to relax.
Set consistent rituals for bedtime – music, bath, nursing, rocking etc. Although it isn’t necessary to do exactly the same thing ever time, these little practices will make it obvious to your baby that it is time to get ready to sleep and he or she will learn to associate the ritual with sleep. Once they are used to a specific set of bedtime rituals, you will notice that they go to sleep easier and sleep longer.
In different cultures around the word, music is a popular method to help calm fussy babies. Whether it be playing baby lullabies on a CD or mothers singing their babies to sleep. Find something calming – baby lullaby CDs are a great way to start. Try different styles such as classical music, jazz, new age or anything that you and your baby can enjoy. Turn the volume down low and soon you will notice your baby’s sleep problems start to disappear as your baby drifts off easily to sleep, while you relax to the soothing melody. Leave the music playing once your baby falls asleep so if your baby wakes up, he or she will easily drift off again.