During the infancy stage, when babies are the most fragile, babies require long hours of sleep, which they often alternate with their feeding time throughout the night and day, and when disrupted can lead to irritability especially when they do not feel comfortable enough to get the sleep they require. Although an infant’s sleeping pattern can be quite irregular, which means they may also be awake in the middle of the night or in the wee hours when everyone else is asleep, this does not take away from the fact that their little delicate bodies need as much as 12 to 18 hours of sleep every day so they do not get fussy.
For moms and babysitters, especially the new ones, taking care of an infant can be more challenging than it seems, not just because of the delicate care required round the clock, as they will also have to learn to function with very minimal sleep since this typically becomes the norm when you have an infant to care for. For new mothers, especially after child birth, having an assistant to help them care for their newborn particularly in the first few months will help to lessen the sleepless nights, although for mothers who have years of experience with previous children, the process can be much easier.
When it becomes challenging for parents to send babies to sleep during bedtime, it will help to start practicing routines for a relaxing sleep like doing massages for babies to calm them down, or engage them in activities in the morning perhaps by walking in the park or playing for a couple of hours to keep them active so they can sleep by themselves naturally once bedtime comes. Rhythmic sounds and calming music also helps when your baby could not sleep, as long as they are in a conducive environment that is not too loud.
One of the things that mothers may also overlook is their own state of emotion when with their baby especially during bedtime, which babies will easily notice and feel right away, so coming to bed stressed may often make babies uncomfortable and fussy. To avoid this, mothers must be mindful to stay calm and relaxed once it is time for baby’s bed, either through a long bath or listening to slow music before going to bed, and practice slow breathing and always speak softly when they are trying to get their baby to sleep.
When babies can sleep naturally in a relaxed environment, the faster their sleeping pattern can become regular so mothers do not have to keep waking up after midnight, and they can both have the rest they need when they need it the most.