If you were to ask 100 new parents the thing that presented the biggest stumbling block when it came to caring for a newborn, I’d bet my baby monitor it would be getting the baby to sleep so they could sleep. While newborns may be known for sleeping, eating, and pooping and that’s about it, they certainly don’t choose which setting to be on at their parent’s request. So here they are, five ways to get a baby who doesn’t want to go to sleep and is being vocal about it to sleep.
Take me for a ride Mr. Sandman
Very few babies can resist the patented car ride trick. Something about the sound the car makes and the gentle vibration of a vehicle as it bumps along just lulls babies into dream land. Perhaps it reminds them of the womb, who knows. All I know is I’ve never seen it not work. Next time your baby absolutely refuses to go down for the count try circling the block a few times. Removable newborn car seats make this technique extra helpful as you don’t have to risk waking your baby when you arrive home.
Invest in a comfortable crib bedding
I personally feel that getting a cute crib bedding for your baby can help them sleep better. I stumbled across this website and fell in love with their crib bedding instantly. I tried it last week with my baby and it works in helping them sleep better. I guess that the cute cartoons imprinted on the bed helps a lot.
Wash away your troubles.
If it’s cold out or you just don’t want to waste the gas to drive around the block (and who could blame you with the price of gas these days) sitting on top of your washer or dryer while running will often create a similar effect. You get the vibration and noise and get to add personal contact with a parent into the mix. The only downside of the washer/dryer bedtime trick is that you still have to successfully put your baby down once she/he falls asleep.
Bounce into a little bliss.
Many parents find bouncing while holding their baby close against their chest often works well. This could be a sign your baby has gas and the motion is helping with the discomfort, or it could just mean he/she likes to bounce. Either way using one of those large exercise balls to sit down while you bounce can take a load off your legs and make this baby sleep method actually sort of fun, on top of helping mom lose that pregnancy weight.
When we’re dancing cheek to cheek.
Try placing your newborns cheek against yours and quietly humming while either rocking in a rocking chair or swaying gently back and forth. The cheek-to-cheek trick is another motion/sound/physical contact combination that almost always results in a sleeping or at least a no longer screaming baby.
Chances are if you’ve made it to tip five and your baby is still not asleep, something is keeping them awake. Try and diagnose what that is.
-If your baby is turning his/her head a lot as if searching, this probably means he/she is hungry.
-If your baby is letting off shrieks and pulling his/her legs up, this usually means gas. Try some infant gas relief drops or laying the baby on its back and gently pushing the legs forward like a frog.
-If your baby is gumming at everything and seems in pain, you’re likely dealing with teething.
-Is the crying happening when you go to set your baby down? This could be a sign of either acid reflux (try elevating the head side of his/her sleeping surface) or you are attempting to lay the baby down before he/she is in deep sleep. In the later case watch for steady, rhythmic breathing and move slower as you set your baby down.
In the event all of the above doesn’t work you may want to check with your pediatrician just in case. There could be an underlying issue preventing sleep. Rest easy though, even if your baby isn’t a sound, easy sleeper now that doesn’t mean they won’t be in the months to come. Babies change daily.