5 Secret Strategies to Soothe Your Baby

July 09, 2019 3 min read

5 Secret Strategies to Soothe Your Baby-b.bear

First time mom? We've got you covered! Make sleepless nights and dark under eye circles a thing of the past and get in-the-know with sleeping tips and tricks from those that have been there. Not only will you get lots more sleep, but your friends and family will be impressed at just how calm, cool, and collected you are when it comes to soothing your baby.

Use these five secret strategies to soothe your baby to sleep and finally get a little shut eye yourself.

1. Swaddle, Swaddle, Swaddle

A crib may seem small to you, but to your baby it is a lot roomier than your cozy womb.

To some new moms, a swaddle resembles a miniature torture device, but we can assure you that they are anything but! A swaddle is the number one item you should own to keep your baby calm, peaceful, and happy at nap time and bedtime.

Why It Works: A swaddle keeps your baby feeling snug and secure, similar to how they felt curled up in your cozy womb. When you put a new baby in a big, open space like a crib, they can get scared and unsettled pretty quickly.

The great news is that when it comes to swaddles, there are many to choose from. There are sleep sacks, traditional wrap swaddles, and even swaddles with built-in Velcro to ensure a snug fit. They also come in all sizes and materials, so you can use them across seasons and as your baby grows.

2. Keep Them Close

Keeping you baby close can benefit everyone.

There’s no hurry to put your baby in their crib. Experienced moms know that bassinets are great sleeping choice, especially if you’re nursing, recovering from a C-section, and/or can’t move as much as you’d like.

Try This: Many moms use a bassinet for the first few weeks of their baby’s life and then suddenly feel they have to place their baby in their crib. Consider keeping your little one in a smaller area longer—like for the first month and a half—before moving them out of your room.

3. Reconsider Your Feeding Schedule

Timing feeding correctly can make a world of difference.

New moms tend to feed their baby right before laying them down for the night and while this may work for a few, this may not be the best method. What they might not realize is that their new bundle of joy needs time to burp and work gas out of their system before they’re able to fall asleep—and stay asleep comfortably.

Try This: Consider feeding your baby a half hour before placing them in their crib. This gives them lots of time to feel full, eliminate gas, and feel complacent when being put down for the night.

4. Start a Bedtime Routine

By planning ahead you can find a routine that works for both you and baby!

It’s never too early to start your baby on a bedtime routine. Babies and children thrive on routines and find comfort in knowing what to expect (and when). The secret is to find a routine that works for you and your baby, and stick with it.

Noteworthy Routine: Try this routine to expertly ready your little one for bedtime or borrow bits and pieces to create your own:

1. Expert moms start winding down for bed an hour out. Place baby in their swing and play soft music, to signal the start of the process.

2. Follow up with a warm bath, a gentle massage with lotion, and a bottle.

3. After their bottle, let baby enjoy a story, some snuggles and gentle rocking before being swaddled.

By starting a routine you can have a less finicky baby on your hands—one that will actually look forward to falling asleep!

5. Use White Noise

With a bit of white noise, your baby could be sleeping just a soundly as this cutie.

When a room is too quiet, new babies can become cranky and inconsolable. They are used to the quiet muffle of static and other noises that they heard in your womb for nine months, so a silent room can be deafeningly scary for them.

Try This: If you want to soothe your baby to sleep, consider picking up a white noise machine, a stuffed animal that plays a heartbeat sound, or even run an air purifier to provide a gentle humming noise. These mild background sounds may be just what your baby needs to fall asleep and stay asleep!

Being a new mom is tough. Good thing you have the pros on your side to share their wisdom and personal sleep secrets with you!

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