10 tips for sleeping a newborn baby

Baby Sleeping Tips
Falling asleep is a bit of a challenge for many newborns. They often need our help. Here are 10 tricks to help them fall asleep.

Some newborns fall asleep as soon as you put them in their cot. For others, either because of immaturity or a more sensitive nervous system, falling asleep is more problematic. All this is normal and patience and time will fix everything. In the meantime, here are a few tips to help your baby find the peace and quiet they need to rest.

1. Give him a lukewarm bath. The contact with the water will relax him, but the sensation of hunger should not bother him. Don't do it at the same time as feeding time, and do it with slow, gentle movements. Newborns are like sponges; if mum or dad is tense, they can feel it.

2. Dress him in comfortable clothes, better if they are made of cotton. Natural fabrics help thermoregulation and are soft and pleasant to the touch.

3. Breastfeed. Breast milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid involved in the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin, both of which are sleep facilitators. If you give your baby a bottle, some laboratories manufacture milk with a higher amount of tryptophan for night feeds, as occurs in the secretion of breast milk.

4. Keep the room at 22 degrees and don't cover up too much. Babies do not regulate their body temperature well and excess heat is one of the points to watch out for in order to prevent sudden death. For the same reason, babies should sleep on their backs or on their sides in their cots.

5. Put your baby to bed with slow, confident gestures. Sudden movements or the sensation of lack of support can stimulate the Moro reflex and frighten the baby.

6. Rock him gently. Rocking relaxes his small intestines and, if he has colic, will help him.

7. Don't let him cry in his cot. If, despite rocking, he continues to cry, take him out of the cot and lay him on your tummy. The warmth of your body, your heartbeat and your breathing often work miracles. Another alternative is to use a baby carrier. There are several alternatives to babywearing and many types of baby carriers, scarves, banners.... They are all equally valid, find the one that suits you best.

8. Try co-sleeping. It has its detractors and defenders. The Spanish Association of Paediatrics believes that it is up to parents to decide whether or not to practise co-sleeping, knowing the risks and advantages.

9. Practice the Oompa Loompa method. It was invented by a mum, it's very simple and is a hit on Youtube.

10. Always put your child to bed with the same routine. These are important because they help children anticipate what comes next and make them feel secure. Respect their schedules, get them used to sleeping with a doll or "dudu", their dummy - as soon as breastfeeding is established - always play the same lullaby music, leave a little nightlight on... All these little habits will soon form an environment that will let your baby know that it is time to go to sleep.

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