Baby sleep…..it's the biggest mystery as a new parent, RIGHT? Check out these tips to make night time with a young child not a total nightmare.
This post is written in collaboration with AT&T, Baby's Journey, and The Motherhood.
A few of my friends just had their first babies. As they bring their little ones home, I can't help but remember those first months. Rough, right? My husband joked that I was obsessed with sleep. I read seven books about baby sleep. Why? SURVIVAL!
Now that Lydia is older, I'm proud to say she's a GREAT sleeper…..and bedtime is easy. I know that the habits we created when she was an infant have led to a calm environment surrounding sleep.
Three Simple Things That Helped Us Survive Nights with a Baby:
Routine, Routine, Routine: I'm talking more about this in the video but I can't stress enough….children thrive in a calm, predictable environment. The same things, at the same time, every night.
Sneak a Peek: Thank goodness for our video monitor. Ironically, our old monitor broke a couple months back. We'd been using an audio monitor and I HATED it. So when we had the opportunity to try the AT&T Smart Sync™ 5” Internet Viewable Touch Screen Video Monitor, I jumped at it (public service announcement…..at the end of this post, I'm giving an AT&T Smart Sync away to one of you). The AT&T Smart Sync reminded me of why I loved having a video monitor. Being able to see Lydia? Priceless. Our daughter talks in her sleep ALL THE TIME. In the early days she babbled, laughed, and yelled. It was amazing helpful for me t0 be able to sneak a peek on the monitor, that way I could decide if she needed me. And this monitor? You guys it's AMAZING. Aside from the monitor itself, we can also use an app on our phones or tablets to see Lydia sleeping. Within the monitor we can take pictures and track stats. There are even alerts for medicine reminders (which would have been amazingly helpful when Lydia was being treated for her birth defect)!
Stay Calm: In the middle of the night, everything seems like a crisis. RIGHT? My biggest piece of advice? Figure out a plan BEFORE the crisis hits. Is your husband soothing first? Are you nursing? Do you wait a minute or two? Whatever your plan is, be sure that it is clear to you and your partner….and stick to it!