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Can I help my baby sleep?

Created by BabyCenter

You may carry your baby with you and let him sleep when he needs it. Or you may want to help him sleep in the evenings. It depends on the way you and your family live. Do whatever suits your lifestyle and routine.

If you want to settle your baby to sleep in the evenings, try these things:

  • If you and your baby sleep on the floor, try to sleep on a mattress, or on a waterproof sheet. Make sure your sleeping area is away from wires, stoves and other objects that could hurt you and your baby.
  • Try to use a sleeping area that is out of reach of rats, insects, scorpions, ants, cockroaches or animals like cats and dogs. This will help protect you and your baby from animal and insect bites.
  • How you settle your baby to sleep is important. If you rock him to sleep every night for the first 8 weeks, he will expect the same later on. If you leave him alone to sleep, he will get used to that, too.
  • So work out the best routine for you and your baby, and do that! Keep to the same pattern every night, so he gets used to it.
  • When your baby is 6 to 8 weeks old, you could start helping him to learn how to fall asleep on his own. Put him down to sleep when he is sleepy, but still awake. Stay with him if you want.
  • Stay quiet when you feed him at night. Keep the room dark, and do not talk to him much. Before long, he should begin to understand that night-time is for sleeping.
  • Over the first few weeks, you may find that swaddling your baby helps him to sleep.
10 February 2015