How do I get my baby to sleep?

This week we're looking at sleep - and what you can do if you're not getting enough. But what about that all important question; how do I get my baby to sleep? Our blogger Cath gives us her tips for sending your little one to the world of nod.

After you have had a baby the one question everyone seems to ask is 'Are you getting much sleep?' This is closely followed by either 'my son/daughter was 2 before they slept through!' or 'my son/daughter slept through from 6 weeks old!' As a new sleep deprived Mum it isn’t exactly what you want to hear.

Babies sleep a lot at first and when I had my eldest son I found the best way to cope with the sleepless nights was to nap when he napped. When he was tired I would put him into his pram and I would curl up on the sofa and sleep too. Whilst this meant the housework didn’t get done I’m sure my husband preferred having a slightly messy house rather that the incredibly grumpy person I turn into if I don’t get enough sleep!

I found that babies don’t always sleep when you want them to and getting a tired baby to sleep can be incredibly frustrating. You can see they are tired but they won’t give in! Here are some of the methods I have used to get my sons to sleep; hopefully they will work for you too.

  1. Take them for a walk in the buggy – my sons would always fall asleep after a walk, the tricky bit was getting the pram back inside the house without them waking up!
  2. Take them for a ride in the car – My eldest son always fell asleep in the car and even now that he is 10 still falls asleep on long car journeys.
  3. Rock them gently in the pram
  4. Warm milk
  5. Singing – I’m not a great singer but they have never minded!

Cath is an accountant, blogger and proud mother of two sons aged 6 and 10. Read Cath’s personal blog here.

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