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Every mom deserves to enjoy a baby who sleeps through the night. However, getting your baby to sleep through the night can be one of the hardest experience of parenthood.

All along as you carry your precious bundle of joy in your hands back home, as a mom, you are always happy expecting that things will just flow like an episode. It is quite unfortunate when your little one force you to be up all the hours of the night and repeated cycles of fragmented sleep.

How to outsmart your baby when they refuse to sleep

We’ve all been there… ready for a nap but the baby just won’t fall asleep.  No matter how young, babies seem to have a mind of their own when it comes to nap time.  Getting your child to nap is difficult for any sleep-deprived parent but for new parents, it may seem like an impossible task.

Here are some tricks to help your baby off to dreamland so you can have some well-deserved time to yourself. 

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Tried and proven tricks

Baby Sleep Tricks for New Moms

1. White noise: Babies are soothed by white noise, similar to what they heard while in the womb.  You may have to experiment a bit to find out which noise your baby prefers: radio static, heartbeat, waterfalls, slow-tempo music, or even vacuum noise.  Once you find the one that soothes your baby, use it every nap time to create comfort.

2. Story-time: Babies react to your tone of voice. Speaking in a soft, soothing voice will help relax your baby. For very young babies, it doesn’t really matter if you read a book or tell them about your day.  As long as your voice is gentle, almost whispering, your child will relax with the tone.

3. Lullabies: Gently sing to your baby, using a soft and soothing voice. Start by singing in a normal, relaxed voice and gradually reduce the volume as your baby drifts off.

4. Gentle strokes: Babies enjoy slow and steady strokes, either with or without baby-safe oil.  Find your baby’s most comforting spot (back, stomach, arms, legs, head) and gently stroke them for about 10-15 minutes.

5. Steady breathing: Your breathing pace sets the tone for the situation.  Fast breathing invokes energy so try and pace your breaths.  Breathe in and out in a slow and steady motion.  If possible, allow your baby to lay on your chest to move slowly up and down with the motion and listen to your relaxed breathing.

6. Lower temperature: Our bodies react to our environment and dropping temperatures in the evening is nature’s sign it is time to sleep. Turn the thermostat down one to two degrees or open the window if the weather is nice, and let nature take care of the rest.

7. Dark room: Some people simply sleep better when it is dark. Try closing curtains and turning off lights, creating a night-like atmosphere.  You can even add a small flickering light to create a calming focus point.

8. Exercises: Non-mobile babies need exercise as much as older children, so find ways to wear your baby out. Bouncing chairs, floor exercises to stretch and discover, mobiles to watch and discover, anything to physically and/or mentally tire you baby will do.

Slightly off-the-wall but useful tricks

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9. Yawning: People yawn more frequently when tired, so why not use that in a roundabout way? Yawning is contagious and the more you yawn, the more sleepy you feel.  While talking or singing to your baby, try yawning once in a while and watch them respond. After a few yawns, chances are they will slowly drift off.

10. No eye contact: Avoid eye contact while rocking or singing to your baby.  Eye contact invites interaction, which you want to avoid at nap time.  Let them focus only on your voice and the steady rocking motion.

11. Holding hands: As an alternative to stroking your baby’s back, try simply holding hands. It gives your baby security letting them know you are close, but does not interrupt them with constant motion or touching.

12. Car seat: Sometimes, when all else fails, you may have to resort to driving around your baby in their car seat.  While it is not the ideal solution because you won’t get any housework done during naptime, many babies cannot resist the soft humming of a car engine and will visit dreamland before you reach the end of your street.

So if you are ready for a nap but your baby is not, do not despair. There are plenty of tricks to get your baby to relax and eventually drift off. The key is to find the one that works for your baby.

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