Concerns about napping, sleep patterns and normal infant sleep trouble nearly every parent. While sleep routines can help baby sleep well, maintaining the same sleep environment can be difficult, particularly for busy families. Not every baby can adjust to varied sleep environments, but some tips and tricks can help to soothe your baby into sleeping well anywhere.
Unfortunately for parents, your baby is the one who will decide whether or not he adjusts easily to various sleep environments. Some babies sleep easily whenever and where ever, when tired. Others sleep poorly, even in a carefully controlled environment, or may only sleep when the lighting, temperature and other conditions are just right. High-needs babies may require a quieter environment, more physical contact and longer to fall asleep, according to AskDrSears.com.
Breast or bottle feeding, walking in a stroller or being worn in a carrier may help to soothe your baby to sleep on the go. When traveling, try to re-create your baby’s usual environment at night to make sleep easier, including room light and temperature. If your baby takes a pacifier, have it available. A favorite blanket, toy or something that smells like home may also help Baby to sleep well away from home.
Keep Him Flexible
While it’s ideal for your baby to sleep in his crib at night, daytime naps can take place in the car, car seat, swing or bouncy seat. Keep in mind that she may not sleep as deeply if she’s moving in a baby swing or vibrating seat, according to Mindy Berry at Parenting.com. Letting her adjust to varied sleep situations at home may help her to sleep well when you’re away from home.
When All Else Fails
Babies who are pickier about sleep may be willing to sleep in a baby carrier or a parent’s arms. Allow time when traveling or away from home to help your baby sleep, even if he normally sleeps independently. You may find that it takes longer to get him to sleep at nap time or night time, and that you need to be certain he is fully asleep before putting him down in an unfamiliar environment.
A safe sleeping space is essential for babies. He should always be put to sleep on his back to prevent sudden infant death syndrome. Cribs, bassinets, and other sleeping areas should have a mattress covered with a fitted mattress protector and fitted sheet, according to the National Institutes of Health. Blankets, bumpers and pillows are not appropriate in the crib or playpen. Limit pillows or blankets if your are sharing your bed with your baby, and place her between Mom and a safe and secure bed rail, rather than in the middle of the bed, recommends Dr. Jay Gordon.