This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies®. All opinions are 100% mine.
Ok new mommies……I know. No one REALLY explained this whole sleep deprivation thing, right? I mean I was one of the last of my friends to have a baby…..and I swear NO ONE SAID IT WAS THIS BAD! Those first few weeks, I couldn't believe how exhausted I was. I remember joking that now I understood why sleep deprivation was such an effective torture technique.
So, I read and researched A LOT. I read like seven baby sleep books. I read baby sleep blogs. I joined baby sleep forums. I was going to figure out this sleep thing if it killed me. I mean, I'm a teacher. I can manage a class of thirty elementary school students, so I could manage one baby's sleep…..right?
So, I'm ready to share. Lydia is 15 months old now…..and I want to share what worked for us. Disclaimer: everyone has their own opinions about sleep training, etc…..that is not what this post is about. Regardless of sleep training or not, these simple moves will gently encourage your little one to create good sleep habits and to stay asleep longer.How to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night:
1) White Noise – All Night Long: One common piece of information in every book that I read? Having a consistent sleep environment, including sound. So that lovely lullaby cd? Not good. That cute mobile? Not good. Why? They shut off. And if your little one heard it when they fell asleep, they'll expect to hear it at 2 am. When they don't? Freak out time. White noise is soothing. It mirrors the sounds in the womb. And a white noise machine stays on all night. Do it. Trust me.
2) Tank Up Before Bedtime: Nursing? Be sure to have an extra long nursing session right before bed. Solids? Serve a good dinner. Formula? Add a couple extra ounces. If you're over a year and on cow's milk or an alternative? A cup at bedtime for a couple months will help. Hungry babies wake up because, well they're hungry! (please remember to brush their teeth and gums before sleep and don't put them to bed with a cup or bottle)
3) Have a Routine / Schedule: Kids do best with consistency. I'm probably a little nutty about this. Our bedtime routine started when Lydia was two weeks old. We did implement age appropriate adjustments over the last 15 months, but it's always had similar elements (I'm working on a post about this…..so stay tuned). It works. Like a charm. Traveling? We do the routine. Time change? We do the routine. Crazy day out? We do the routine? And guess what……she sleeps everytime.
4) Give your Child a Lovey: Once they're old enough (discuss with your pediatrician) give your child a lovey. Lydia is OBSESSED with hers and it's adorable to see her hug it with glee each night at bedtime. Any time of night when I check her out on the video monitor, she's cuddling her lovey.
5) Huggies® Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers at Walmart.com: Wet babies wake up. And they're not happy. Using diapers that last for a full 12 hours is KEY to quality nighttime sleep. Huggies® Snug and Dry Ultra Diapers are new and available at Walmart….when I was giving the opportunity to test them out, I jumped at the chance. Lydia's been waking up pretty early in the morning, and I was willing to bet it was a wet diaper issue. These diapers have a unique quilted liner that locks away wetness better, and I was SUPER impressed by how effective they were.
So, there you have it……..sleep well my friends!