Getting a baby to sleep is one of the hardest parts of becoming a parent. Something that seems so natural as an adult can sometimes feel like climbing Mount Everest to a family with a new baby.
1. Start to sleep train at around 12 weeks. Before this time babies systems are still developing. Do not expect them to be able to sleep more than a few hours at a time. If they are sleeping longer however enjoy it – sleep is a great thing.
2. Babies need a lot of sleep – there's no need to feel guilty about sleep training – you are helping your child receive what they need to grow and develop by helping them get a full night's sleep.
3. The more sleep babies get during the day the better! Don't skip those naps if you can help it because an overtired baby actually is actually harder to get to sleep and can wake more often during the night!
4. Consistency is key. Establishing a bedtime routine is important to winding down the day and letting your baby know that it is time to go to sleep. Remember the things you do now such as rocking, using soothers and staying in the room can become hard to stop.
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Parents at this month's Baby Basics Session were provided with a baby rattle from Cloud B.
One lucky Mom even won a sleep sheep from Cloud B. Find the Sleep Sheep at Walmart in store or online.