Top sleep tips for babies from NapNap HQ

Here are 5 top tips from NapNap to get your baby to sleep better.

We at NapNap believe that lack of sleep is the most important challenge that a parent needs to overcome to function properly, for the benefit of their baby and themselves.

We have compiled a list of tried and tested methods to help you with your baby’s sleep.


Getting the right sleep environment

  • Make sure the temperature is right in your baby’s room. There is plenty of useful information on the Lullaby Trust website about layers, temperatures and regulating your baby’s own temperature. Invest in a thermometer for your baby’s nursery too.
  • If you can do anything to improve air quality in the room then this will aid sleep too.
  • Make sure bed sheets / mattress covers etc are clean and fresh, washed in non-bio.
  • Above all make sure the sleep environment is safe.

 

Pay attention to your baby’s sleep cues and signals

  • Signs that your baby is tired include rubbing their eyes, yawning or itching.
  • Try your best to learn your baby’s own sleep cues as if you miss them, they may enter a more active phase and will be hard to settle again.

 

Touch and contact

  • A parent’s touch is a very powerful thing for a baby. That’s why babies are placed straight on mama for some lovely skin to skin as soon as they’re born.
  • When you put them down to sleep you can try gently patting their backs, massaging their bottoms or feet without necessarily picking them up. This reassures them of safety and security and love.

 

Create a bedtime routine

  • Most parents and sleep experts will tell you that having a routine is important for your baby. It helps to calm and settle and allows them to learn what to expect.
  • A lot of parents will try and get a sleep routine like feed, bath, bed in the evening to ensure their baby relaxes in to bedtime.
  • Massage, a book or a lullaby are also lovely additions to a routine and help to create a really special bond.
  • Whatever you decide, repeat this every night. Routines should be consistent and short. Try not to let anything disrupt them if you can.
  • As babies reach around 4 months, their night time sleep slowly increases while daytime sleep decreases and a routine is important to manage this transition.

 

Self-soothing aids

  • Sleep aids such as a dummy or a bottle for younger babies are very popular, but can prove tricky habits to break further down the line.
  • Many parents introduce a comforter toy or blankie to help with self-soothing.
  • Recreating the feel of being in the womb is a lovely natural way to calm and soothe a newborn with the use of white noise and vibrations. Luckily the NapNap mat is perfect for this and has proved a winning solution for thousands of sleep-deprived parents across the Globe!