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7 Strategies to Help Your Baby Sleep All Night

7 Strategies to Help Your Baby Sleep All Night

When a new baby arrives the first thing everyone is quick to point out is how you’ll be kissing your good night’s sleep goodbye. This really doesn’t have to be the case, at least after the first six weeks of a baby’s life. At that point of your newborn’s little life, you can start to help your baby learn to sleep all night. These strategies have been put to the test and have helped many moms and dads claim back their restful nights.

1. Bedtime Feeding Ritual

During the day, when the baby is feeding, make these times lively and fun. Have the television on or the radio; don’t be afraid to sing or talk to your baby while she feeds. In contrast, when it is time for her bedtime feeding, find a quiet space with low lighting and avoid too much talking. If you do speak to your baby while she’s feeding, use soft, whisper tones. This differentiation between feedings will help your little one realize it is time to settle down and relax.

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2. Put Baby Down Awake

When it is time for bed, it is important to put your baby in bed while she is still awake. It is okay if she’s drowsy and relaxed, but avoid putting her in her bed once she has already fallen asleep. By putting her down awake, you are teaching her that it is bedtime and this is where she goes to drift off. She will eventually get use to the environment and feel comfortable enough to fall asleep without your help.

3. Try to Keep a Schedule

If you are most likely to put your baby down at 7 p.m. then aim to do so every night, right from about 3 months old. This helps the baby’s natural sleep cycle set itself and she will appreciate the routine. Having your baby go to bed later does not mean your little one will sleep in or sleep longer. In fact, this is often counter-productive. Lack of sleep can create a cranky, unsettled baby who then won’t sleep properly. Having a schedule makes for a happy, rested baby.

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4. Get a White Noise Machine

Some babies do better if there is background noise. This doesn’t mean blaring the latest pop hits when it’s bedtime. Invest in a white noise machine which is designed specifically for soothing and relaxation. Some of the sounds include waterfalls, birds, ocean waves and other repetitive, yet peaceful sounds.

5. Cry it Out

This strategy is very controversial amongst parents and professionals alike. If your baby is older, say around five or six months, this method could be effective—that is if you are prepared to endure it. This isn’t for everyone since things will likely get worse before they get better for a few nights at least. You would simply put your little one to bed, kiss goodnight and leave the room. She may cry but you wouldn’t go over and break the rule. The objective in the strategy is to let her cry herself to sleep in an effort to learn self-soothing.

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6. Gently Easing Towards Self-Soothing

If crying it out is not your cup of tea, you could employ a gentler strategy where you would let your baby cry only for an allotted amount of time, for example five minutes, before you go in and provide reassurance. This could mean you simply go in, reposition her, give the soother, and leave with a whispered good night.

7. Wean from Nighttime Feedings

Once your baby is four to six months old, it is appropriate to start cutting out feedings throughout the night. First make sure you are feeding enough during the day and then, if you must go to your baby in the night, do so but without a feeding. Just soothe, swaddle or cover up and put her back to bed. This will prevent your baby becoming reliant on having to feed in the night and help her learn to sleep all night.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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