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Sleep deprivation can take a toll on your health, both physically and mentally. This is especially important to note as a new parent when sleep seems like a thing of the past and as you try to take care of a tiny human being. But sleep isn’t just important for parents, it’s absolutely essential for your baby as they grow and develop.
So, in order to get more sleep for everyone in your household, here are 4 tips to follow.
1. Warm it Up
During the colder months, try slightly warming up your little one’s bassinet, crib, or sleep space. A simple way to do this is to place a heating pad on top of their sleep space at the beginning of your baby’s bedtime routine. By the time you’re ready to put them down to sleep, you can simply take the heating pad away before you lay them down in a nice warm, comfortable sleeping area.
2. Sleepwear that Soothes
One baby sleep trick you’ll want to tell all your parent friends about is Nested Bean’s line of safely weighted sleepwear. Zen Sleepwear’s revolutionary design places gentle weight in key areas of the sleepwear to mimic the soothing feeling of a parent’s touch. An absolute must-have if you need your baby to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
From swaddles to sacks and bodysuits to pajamas, Nested Bean has whatever your little one needs.
3. Keep it Calm
Baby’s haven’t developed their circadian rhythm yet, so they tend to be very light sleepers. A sound or light that might not wake you up out of sound sleep will almost always wake baby up. Luckily, there are a couple of hacks to help:
- Door Latch Stopper – Tape, or a simple rubber band, can be applied to the door latch in your nursery, or you can purchase one at the store. Either way, it will help avoid doors from latching shut and causing a ruckus while you’re sneaking away from your drowsy baby.
- Darkening Window Shades – Infants are very light sensitive, so while a street light or stray beam of light from your neighbor’s living room might not bother you, it will likely disturb your little one. An easy solution to their light sensitivity is darkening or black-out window treatments. They come in the form of shades or curtains, so pick your esthetic and help your little one sleep soundly.
4. Consistency is Key
A consistent bedtime routine is the best way to help baby (and you) get some sleep. Even before your little one is at the age to begin sleep training, a structured bedtime routine will cue to baby’s brain and body to start getting sleepy.
“Research shows that children who follow bedtime routines are more likely to go to sleep earlier, take less time falling asleep, sleep longer, and wake up less during the night. These benefits to sleep quality are still seen years later in children who followed bedtime routines when they were younger,” according to the Sleep Foundation.
With the above tips and new sleepwear from Nested Bean, you and your baby will have more restful nights to look forward to.
What are your favorite sleep-time tips that have helped you to get your babies asleep so that you can get to sleep? Thanks for sharing!
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