Having children and raising them is the dream of every married person. As soon as you exchange vows, you dream of a perfect family and try to find the ideal names of your babies. But, it is not easy to take care of a child, especially a newborn. We are not here to burst the bubble of happiness!
After spending nine months in the warmth of a mother’s womb, it is difficult for the baby to adjust in this world. So, taking care of a newborn comes with great responsibility. One has to sacrifice his/her sleep and daily routine to keep the child comfortable.
Some babies are patient and calm, and they will not give you a hard time at all. But, most of them usually give a tough time to their mothers, especially when it comes to their sleep schedule. They face difficulty in sleeping and so, stay awake all night. If you are a mother and you are having trouble in making your newborn sleep, then you are in the right place.
Using a bassinet
Babies love sleeping in the arms or lap of her mother. But no mother can devote her entire day to hold her baby during his sleeping hours. Therefore, bassinets are used to make your baby sleep peacefully. Some mothers do not use bassinets at the start, but sooner or later, you have to teach your baby sleep independently; else, your baby will give you a hard time in the future.
Most babies resist sleeping in bassinets at the start. But that is expected, as they prefer the comfort of your arms instead of a bassinet. There is no need to worry because, with little care and precaution, the newborn will eventually learn to sleep in the bassinet or crib. But now the question is – How to put a newborn to sleep in a bassinet?
Ways to put your baby to sleep in a bassinet
The nervous systems of babies, especially newborns, are very immature. They have spent nine months in the snug and warm environment of a womb. Therefore, one has to use some specific strategies to sooth them for the first 2-3 months. Some of these strategies are mentioned below.
Maintain a strict routine
Our elders mostly advice us to keep a strict routine for our babies. This trick works usually. For instance, try giving a bath to your baby or try feeding him milk before sleep. You can also massage his body to make him aware that bedtime is approaching. Once you start repeating the same routine for him every day, then you will not face difficulty in putting him sleep in a bassinet.
Swaddle your baby
Babies love sleeping in your arms and lap because they feel comfortable in your arms. But if you manage to give the same comfort and warmth in the bassinet, they will not resist it. Therefore, use a soft and breathable material to swaddle your baby and then put him in the bassinet.
Cuddle your baby
Cuddling and rocking your baby is a good idea, too, for triggering him to sleep. But make sure that your baby stays awake in your arms. Put him in the bassinet while he is still awake but a little tired. Most women keep cuddling the baby in her arms until the baby is asleep. As soon as they put him down, the baby starts crying. So, to avoid this, the best thing that you can do is to teach your baby to sleep without you holding them. Put him in the bassinet when he is awake but a little tired.
Babies need a calm environment so that they may sleep without any disturbance. But if there are other children in the house or it is difficult to maintain silence, then move the bassinet to a quiet room. It is crucial to keep a calm and peaceful environment in the room of your baby during his sleeping hours. Make sure that the lights are turned off, and there is no irritating sound. Once his sleep is disturbed, you will not be able to put him down again.
Many clips of soothing sounds are available on the internet. You can try playing such sounds in the room during his sleeping hours. Humming sound, r sound, or tickling rain waterworks the most. Different devices are also available on the internet that can be used to help your baby to sleep peacefully by producing peaceful and soothing sounds.
Make him differentiate between day and light
Newborn babies usually fail to distinguish between day and night. Therefore, they face difficulty in sleeping. You have to tell them about their sleeping hours by repeating his routine. Moreover, do not swaddle the baby during the daytime, as this can confuse him.
Calm your baby in the bassinet
Most women remove the baby from the bassinet to calm them when they start crying. Try to calm and soothe your baby without removing him from the bassinet by tapping on his chest. Keep swaying the bassinet and singing a lullaby until he is asleep, but do not take him out.
Position of the baby
The posture of the baby is also important. After swaddling the baby, put him on his back in the bassinet.
Remove the things that can disrupt his sleep
If there is any toy in the bassinet of the baby, then remove it before putting him to sleep; else, your baby will keep playing with it and not sleeping.
Make sure to change the diaper of your baby before putting him in the bassinet. Try to use hand-made nappies instead of diapers, as they are more comfortable.
There is no doubt that sound sleep is necessary for all babies. The benefits of adequate sleep are beyond any count. Therefore, one has to devote himself to help a baby to sleep peacefully.
Bassinets are specifically designed to help our babies sleeping. Most babies resist them at the start. But if you follow our guidance and above-mentioned methods, then your baby will become used to it within a few days.