You know how babies can be. They want to sleep when they want to, where they want to and with who they want to. Some days you feel like the only thing your baby wants is for you to do all the work while she sleeps in her cot with no intention of waking up anytime soon.
We will go through 15 tips in this blog post that should help get your little one back into their bed sooner rather than later!
Remember that babies and toddlers love routine.
Parents who have implemented a bedtime ritual for their children should maintain this same pattern of activities even if they do not fall asleep immediately. It is essential to go through the steps in order and ensure that your baby follows an established schedule, which will result in sounder sleep later on when it’s time to lay down themselves!
Experiment with different bedtime songs or stories
People often say you shouldn’t change a baby’s diaper in the middle of their sleep cycle. What are parents imagine doing when they have just laid down with their sweet bundle. A straightforward solution is singing lullabies! Lullabies help babies naps better by calming them down before bedtime and helping alleviate any stressors during these crucial hours while also providing soothing soundscape, which makes it easier on both parties involved- mommy gets rest without fussing over her little one too much; baby has more appropriately timed shut-eye instead being kept awake frustrated at night due off fitful.
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Start a cuddly sleep prop collection!
If your baby likes to snuggle up with their favourite teddy bear or doll before falling asleep, start collecting more of these, so they have the option for something else when sleeping in their cot. If you are looking for some inspiration on what might work well for your little one, check out our previous blog posts about the topic!
Try to have a calm evening routine!
One of the most important things you can do for your child is provide with a safe and secure environment. You want them to feel comfortable, so it’s best that they only take on two or three activities at first then progress from there gradually as their skills develop more rapidly than without our help! It might seem like we’re pushing too hard sometimes but remember: every little step forward helps us know where those boundaries lie – this will ultimately lead towards tremendous success in later stages with behaviour modification therapies such as ABA (applied behavioural analysis) therapy which teaches kids how to behave differently by rewarding good choices over bad ones).
Make sure that their cot is the right size!
A baby should have enough space to fit in a sleeping bag or sleep sack while still having room for movement without being able to touch any sides of the cot with their feet and hands. If they are too small, it can make them feel trapped, which is why you need your crib big enough so that there’s no chance this happens!
Adjust their bedding!
If your baby is too hot or cold when trying to sleep in their cot, they will not feel comfortable, so it might be a good idea to adjust the number of layers or remove some altogether until you find something that works for both of them you. It could also help if more pillows and blankets surround your baby as they might feel more secure.
No distractions from outside!
It’s essential to make sure your baby has enough of a break from noise and light during the nighttime hours. If they are sleeping in an enclosed space, like their cot or bassinette, for example, don’t put any sudden noises next door because this could be very disruptive for them! Try keeping things dark by turning off all lights around bedtime (if possible) as well as closing curtains over windows if you have those close by so it becomes a more private environment where babies can rest easy without worries about what might happen outside of these walls.
Try not to make your baby feel like they are being punished!
If you want your baby or toddler to sleep in their bed, make sure they’re sleeping on a comfortable mattress. However, if the cot is not as soft and cozy, then don’t be discouraged! They may need more time getting used to it since we all adjust differently when changing beds, for example, after moving house frequently during early childhood development years – keep an eye out. Hence, things aren’t negatively impacted before trying again later down this road next month/year etc… There’s no harm done by giving another nudge every once-in-awhile until eventually.
Keep your cool!
It’s tough to have a child who is not sleeping with you. If the situation has been going on for an extended period, we recommend hiring a babysitter so that they can help get rid of those pent-up feelings and make it easier on both parties involved! The best thing about this solution? You’ll be back to your regular self within no time at all after leaving them alone for just one or two hours in total- which means less frustration from trying weeknights by yourself without success as well as avoiding arguments about whether or not “this night” will be different once again.
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