Baby sleeping tips and habits

by Vaishali Sudan Sharma updated on July 14, 2015

Crib-sleeping vs Co-sleeping.. What does your baby prefer? Are there any tips to improve your baby’s sleeping habits? Let’s find out..

My journey from pregnancy to becoming a new mother to a mother of an infant and now a toddler has been extremely blissful. Things change drastically and that too over such a short course of time, but one thing remains the same, which often annoys me. This one question: ‘Are you sleeping enough?’ or ‘Is the baby sleeping well?’Baby sleeping tips 01

Fine, so, to answer your question, yes. Without a doubt! You know why, because, from the day we switched over from co-sleeping to crib sleeping, my baby seems to to be having a comfortable time. Also, since the crib is placed in our room, so practically, he is sleeping with us.

Before you pass any sort of judgment on me, let me tell you that crib sleeping is as (infact more) healthy as co-sleeping. That does make you raise your eyebrow! I can also see a few of you already pointing towards the mother-child bonding issue. But the truth is that I and my baby are very well attached to each other. Initially, we bonded over breastfeed and now we sing rhymes, watch cartoons, set-up play dates (every day without fail). Bathing, massaging, feeding, strolling, who has time to think about anything but love and affection. His daytime naps are uneventful, as he easily drifts into a peaceful sleep. At night, that same baby resists that same sleep. So, we snuggle up to each other, talk a bit and there he goes, comfortable and safe in his baby cot.Baby sleeping tips 02

According to Amit Agarwal, founder- Wudplay, a homegrown brand synonymous with baby cribs and cots, operating since 2006, “A baby cot is the most important choice that one can make for his/her baby. It is much safer and comfortable for the little one. It is believed that co-sleeping generates heat which is not good or comfortable for the baby. Though, I do agree that the culture of co-sleeping prevails in our society, but things are changing now and with awareness, more and more new parents are gaining knowledge about why a crib should be used in the first place.” So, putting the entire emotional roller coaster behind, more and more Indian moms and dads are actually accepting the idea of having a good quality, exclusive wooden bed for their baby.

And whosoever said that controlling the time of your baby’s sleep is in your hands probably was very good with controls. So, there are no baby sleeping tips. Really! Some swear by swaddling their newborns for hours while others sing lullabies and gently pat their babies on the back. After speaking to a few parents and my own personal experience, suggests that babies set their own schedule. That doesn’t mean that if a baby wakes up at 3:00 AM in the morning, then it’s alright. Ofcourse not! At that time, all efforts should be made to put him/her back to sleep.  This act is to be performed irrespective of whether the baby is sleeping with you in your bed or in his/her cot.

Besides, I juggle between household chores and work-from-home deadlines. At that point, a crib really helps. When I have to step out to receive a courier or load the dishwasher while my baby is happily playing in the cot makes so much sense. Isn’t it? Additionally, I always wanted my kid to get used to the crib so that he would have one less transition to make since there are so many transitions babies have to go through!Baby sleeping tips 03

Amit agrees, “A crib also happens to be the safest place for the baby to be in while you are away, doing your daily household chores. The safest option by far for a toddler (who can fall down from the bed anytime if left unattended).”

For me, a wooden cot for baby is an ideal sleep solution. I am not sure for how long does my little one continue to sleep in his cot. You see, kids have their one preference. But, since, he has already established the habit, then, I am positive that this habit won’t break.  

I am not selfish and definitely not thinking about my sleep ‘only’. All I want is to make sure that my baby is comfortable.  Afterall, he needs to sleep like a baby!

What are the important points to keep in mind while purchasing a crib for your baby? Click here to find out!Baby sleeping tips 04

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