If you’re struggling for a good night’s sleep since baby was born, don’t worry you’re not alone! Sleepless nights are an expected ‘rite of passage’ for new parents. But don’t despair – you can help your baby sleep all night with these 9 great blog posts.
Helpful, informative, and to the point, I found these posts helpful during my (many) sleepless nights.
- #1. My Best Baby Sleep Tips
- #2. How to Help Your Baby Get the Best Daycare Sleep
- #3. Breaking Down Sleep Schedules and Wake Times
- #4. How to Help Your Sick Baby
- #5. How To Keep Your Baby Sleeping Safely In Hot Weather
- #6. What it’s REALLY like when your baby’s teething
- #7. Sleep Wise Tips for Dealing with Daylight Savings Time
- #8. Baby’s Guide to a Great Night’s Sleep
- #9. How to Use a Sleeping Bag
- Bonus Tip – Remember To Manage Your Own Sleep
Written by Katie on Katie Did What, ‘My Best Baby Sleep Tips’ is a compilation of useful advice that you will no doubt find handy. Considering the importance of the 4th trimester in terms of the baby adapting to life outside the womb, Katie goes into detail about things like swaddle, white noise, pacifier, schedules, and more. Given a great deal of thought, these techniques are a well rounded source of information from one mother to another.
Written by Alanna on Goodnight Sleepsite, How To Help Your Baby Get The Best Daycare Sleep is all about exactly what you would imagine. A challenge for many working parents who leave their baby at daycare, the blog post gets quickly into details about what you can do to help make their sleep away from you effective. Identifying potential problems and offering practical solutions, this blog should be among your first reads if and when baby daycare becomes necessary.
Written by Alexis on Precious Little Sleep, Breaking Down Sleep Schedules and Wake Times offers information on why naps happen, why wake time matters, different kinds of naps and their benefits, when napping is a problem, the importance of waking up at the same time everyday, what happens when you blow off bedtime, and more. Offered in a podcast format, you can take all the information provided in the blog with you to listen while spending time out and about with your baby.
Written by Natalie on The Baby Sleep Trainer, ‘How To help Your Sick Baby Sleep Best’ gets to the heart of the problems when your little one isn’t feeling well. In particular, the blog covers illness, and what to do in terms of sleep training when your baby comes down with an illness that threatens to ruin everything. A challenging time for any parent, working through a baby’s illness is carefully discussed in this blog.
Written by Rachael on Made For Mums, ‘How To Keep Your Baby Sleeping Safely In Hot Weather’ reviews new SIDS safety advice and how it relates to your baby. Basic temperature recommendations are provided, along with recommendations on the number of blankets and sheets in different temperatures. Other aspects of the blog focus on signs of heat (like sweating) and what it may mean. Towards the end of the blog, information on heat and SIDS is wrapped up with practical advice for moms everywhere.
I can’t tell you how much trouble we experienced during our kids teething. Net Mums article – ‘What It’s Really Like When Your baby’s Teething’ is a no hold back look at teething in babies. Covering ways to reduce the pain of teething like daytime chews, soothing bottoms, keeping cool, and numbing the gums, the blog gets into testing conventional wisdom by suggesting that feeding may not always be the answer for teething.
Written by Jullian on Sleep Wise, ‘Sleep Wise Tips For Dealing With Daylight Savings Time’ is a quick couple of paragraphs covering how to handle this tricky change in our clocks. Simple tips and recommendations learned from experience form the basis for the blog post, providing you with practical information you can try out yourself.
Written by Vanessa on Sunflower State of Mind, ‘Baby’s Guide to a Great Night’s Sleep’ is a multi part recommendation that covers many aspects of what works when putting kids to sleep. Much of the advice focuses around creating rituals and that will prepare the child for sleep.
Over at Someone’s Mum, ‘How To Use a Grobag’ covers what these articles of clothing are and how they provide a beneficial sleep for your baby. The blog also goes into availability and different types so that you know everything there is to know about Grobags.
If you haven’t considered a Grobag, I highly recommend trying one. My daughters loved the ‘snug’ fit compared to pajamas, and seemed to sleep much better. As your child develops into a toddler they’re also great for nighttime diaper accidents. My husband I and can change a messy diaper without even waking our daughters.
Bonus Tip – Remember To Manage Your Own Sleep
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD over at the seattlemamadoc blog has a great reminder for parents – look after your own health with proper rest.
Sleep is tied to our outlook, our mood, our performance, our safety, and our sense of stress/anxiety. We’re nicer people after we sleep and I often say that after a good night of sleep I get to be more of the mom & parent I earnestly want to be. Sleep is magical that way.
It’s easy to get stressed with the lack of sleep in the first year of parenting. Just remember, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your loved ones – they’ll understand!
Putting It All Together
Helping your baby develop a healthy sleeping habit is one of the most challenging parts or parenting. Helping our children settle and come into their own is one of any parents first challenges. As these 9 blog articles demonstrate, there is a great deal of information to help your baby get the sleep that it needs. Just remember, every child is different – but with trial and error you’ll figure out what works for you. Good luck!