Goodnight, Sleep Tight
Set the stage for peaceful slumber with these tried-and-true tips:
- Make sure baby's room is at a comfortable temperature. Body temperature drops as we fall asleep. If baby's room is too hot or too cold, this natural occurrence may be disrupted and inadvertently keep her awake.
- Bring on the noise. The womb is a noisy place -- baby is serenaded by your beating heart and gurgling stomach -- so she may find it easier to sleep with a little noise, such as the whir of a fan.
- Dim all the lights. Baby doesn't need a night-light and will become more in sync with the rhythms of day and night if you keep her room dark while she sleeps.
- Put baby to bed when she's awake. This may sound counterintuitive, but it helps baby learn to soothe herself to sleep rather than depend upon you.
Soothing Techniques from Readers
- Four-month-old Alexander loves his nightly massage.
-- Suzanne Hake, Brooklyn, New York
- My husband and I slow dance with newborn Anjelica.
-- Janice Barham, Ocala, Florida
- My son, 18-month-old Luca, goes outside with me and says goodnight to the moon.
-- Brea Doutt, Midlothian, Virginia
- My 10-month-old, Keith, is soothed by feeling my long hair.
-- Vivienne Adams, North Hollywood, California
Originally published in American Baby magazine, December 2004.