3 of the Best Inventions to Get Your Baby to Sleep
Is your baby having trouble falling asleep at night? If so, then you, as a parent, may be feeling the consequences of their plight with your own sleeplessness. In this article, we will explore some of the best inventions and products that can help your baby fall asleep much easier, so that you can, too!
Why can’t your baby fall asleep at night?
There are many possible reasons why your baby has trouble falling asleep at bedtime. Many new parents go through the same problem with their babies having difficulty falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night every so often, and here are some of the possible reasons why this is happening:
● The most obvious possible reason is that your baby has wet himself, pooped, or is hungry. Aside from these reasons;
● Your baby may have missed a nap or two during the day and is now wired during the nighttime
● Your baby is too excited by too much activity during those supposed to be ‘winding down’ hours before bedtime
● Your baby is getting too much stimulation from sounds or light
● Your baby is too uncomfortable to sleep or too unfamiliar with the surroundings
No matter what the reason is, you can help your baby fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer with some sleeping aids. Here are some of the best products that can help to get you and your baby some much-needed shuteye.
3 best inventions to help your baby fall asleep
1. Swaddling blankets or sleep sacks
For babies that are below three to four months old, swaddling can help them sleep better and longer throughout the night. Swaddling is the practice of wrapping your babies in special blankets or swaddling outfits that can simulate the feeling of being in the womb. Babies who are swaddled get to have more peaceful and longer sleep times, and the practice reduces crying and the chances of them rolling over during sleep.
At first, swaddling can be difficult for both you and your baby, but you will soon get used to the routine and so will your little one. There are many swaddling products available for you to choose from, such as infant wraps, sleep sacks, original swaddle outfits, arms-up swaddles, swaddling onesies, and many other types of swaddling products that can help your baby get more peaceful nights.
2. The Baby Shusher and other white noise machines
The Baby Shusher works like a white noise machine, but instead of random white noise, this device emits loud and rhythmic shushing noises that trigger the baby’s natural calming reflex. This device mimics the sounds inside the womb, which are both familiar and calming to them, and can be very effective for newborns.
This product is perfect for parents who are exhausted and need some time to themselves. The Baby Shusher can be customized to how loud it needs to be (louder than your baby’s cry) and for how long it needs to play (fifteen or thirty minutes). Due to its small size, this device can also be taken anywhere you need it to be, such as the car, on vacation, or at grandma’s house.
On the other hand, you can also try to use a regular white noise baby machine. White noise machines create monotonous noise that blocks out other sounds that can startle your baby awake. These devices are especially important for families who live in pretty noisy environments, such as in the city or in a busy neighborhood.
White noise machines come with different types of sounds, such as soothing lullabies or a mother’s heartbeat. They are found to help babies sleep much faster and prevent them from waking unnecessarily because of outside noise, so that you can have extra time for yourself and other activities as well.
3. Self-soothing objects or loveys
For babies that are least a year old and older toddlers, you can give them products that can help helm self-soothe, such as blankies, plushies, and other soft objects that they can hold in order to relax themselves. These self-soothing objects can comfort most kids and provide some form of entertainment while trying to fall asleep. However, if you’re going to give your child a stuffed animal or blankie, make sure there aren’t any choking hazards or itchy material such as tags, plastic eyes, or loose attachments.
These self-soothing items can also help children transition from being wholly dependent on their parents to a more independent child. Small blankies, teddy bears, and stuffed animals can provide them with a sense of comfort and a reminder of their parents, which can make them feel safe and secure especially in unfamiliar situations.
Children may become attached to their self-soothing items or ‘loveys’ until they turn two or three years old. Some children don’t outgrow it until they reach preschool or kindergarten where they get their first taste of society. However, it’s important not to pressure kids to give up their object until they are ready, especially if it helps them fall asleep at night.
Babies can cause a parent’s sleepless nights if they can’t fall asleep easily or wake up too much in the middle of the night. Most people may think this is normal, but not getting enough sleep can hinder you from taking care of yourself, your other kids, and other important things like your job and house. If you find yourself needing some extra help with your baby’s bedtime ritual, these are the best inventions that can help them fall asleep and stay asleep for a much longer time.
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