7. Keep a Proper Balance of Activity and Daytime Naps
It is important to encourage more activity during the day. When your baby is awake, you can talk, sing and play with him or her. This stimulation during the day will promote better sleep at night.
However, you must make sure that your baby is not overtired during the evening. This can make it harder for your baby to settle down easily at night.
A baby’s daytime routine is incomplete without a few short naps. Regular daytime naps will ensure that your baby is not overtired.
Two to three short daytime naps of 20 to 30 minutes is ideal. The last nap should not be too close to your baby’s scheduled bedtime.
Except for newborns, toddler’s napping should not surpass more than three hours total for a day.
8. Consider Room Sharing Rather Than Bed Sharing
Avoid bed sharing with a baby as it won’t help him or her learn the art of sleeping on their own.
Bed sharing can make it harder for babies to fall asleep by themselves. It may even increase your baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Mothers should avoid breastfeeding their babies while lying down in bed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends room sharing without bed sharing, which refers to a sleeping arrangement where the infant sleeps in the same room with the parents but on separate surfaces.
To ensure your baby’s safety, you can place the crib or bassinet in your bedroom. This way your baby will be close to you and, at the same time, some distance will be maintained. According to the AAP, room sharing can actually help reduce the risk of SIDS.
You can even consider putting a screen up between your bed and the baby’s crib or bassinet to ensure controlled comforting.
Having direct and constant access to a sleeping baby also can actually help parents sleep better.