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my Halo SleepSack and Swaddle Me blankets are my best friends. Jase would not sleep well without them, he still doesn’t. As a newborn he wanted his hands swaddled right under his chin, then he graduated to wanting them completely swaddled, and now he breaks them out while sleeping. Whatever he prefers, it has really helped us.
Bedtime Routine – Having something that signaled bedtime to Jase made a huge difference. You could tell that he would start to relax every time we started the routine. Usually he would pass out shortly after.
Jase does not sleep well if the room isn’t extremely dark. I have blinds and blackout curtains on his windows. The blackout curtains did not even make his room dark enough, so we doubled them. We have dark colored ones that don’t necessarily match the color of his room under the cuter ones that match the nursery colors.
I didn’t mind Jase using his pacifier. He has wanted one from the first night in the hospital, so I didn’t mind him using that. The first few weeks at home he would wake every fifteen minutes because it had fallen out of his mouth. So for a couple weeks we would remove it from his mouth before he fell into a deep sleep so he didn’t wake when coming back into a lighter sleep. That helped him not to need it between sleep cycles.
Sound Machine – the constant noise also helps babies go between sleep cycles. When they fall into a lighter sleep the constant noise helps lull them back to sleep.
Flexibility and mama instincts – like I said before, I think this is the two most important things in sleep training. Willing to be flexible with discovering what works best for you and your baby helps make it a stress free experience. Don’t be afraid to follow your mama instincts, which are why you have them!
You can find the rest of the post in the Baby’s First Year series here.