Sleeping Tips for Babies from specialist Psychologist Tuğçe Yılmaz
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for babies’ health and development. Specialist Psychologist Tuğçe Yılmaz has given some important tips to help parents ensure their babies sleep well and avoid disrupted nights.
One of the most common reasons that reduce babies’ sleep quality is assisted sleep. Babies who rely on support such as sucking or rocking to sleep can experience frequent awakenings and difficulties in falling asleep. However, transitioning to an unsupported sleep can provide better quality, uninterrupted sleep patterns.
Another common mistake is not following the sleep-wake processes according to the baby’s age. Babies who are not put to bed at the right interval for their month may find it challenging to sleep and wake up frequently. Therefore, it is important to follow sleep intervals and signals to ensure a quality sleep pattern.
Establishing a sleep routine is also crucial. Spending time with your baby before bedtime, such as taking a warm shower, having a massage, or simply spending quiet time, can facilitate the transition to sleep. Pre-bedtime routines are special moments to spend one-on-one time with them, meeting their emotional as well as physical needs.
Parents should also avoid exposing their babies to stimuli before sleep such as sound, light, noise, or screens. Additionally, nutrition plays a role in sleep quality. Babies who do not have a full stomach before sleep may become restless, making it difficult to fall asleep. Furthermore, gas and allergies can affect sleep to a high extent. It is essential to work with a doctor to address these issues.
Physical conditions, such as the room’s temperature, bed condition, humidity level, and amount of light, also play a role in sleep quality. Adjusting the humidity balance of the baby’s room, providing a dark environment, avoiding blankets and covers in the baby’s bed, and placing the baby on their back can all contribute to good sleep quality.
Finally, it is essential to address any traumatic experiences that may impact the baby’s sleep. A child growing up in a restless home with a nervous parent may find it difficult to sleep. In such cases, it may be necessary to focus on psychological processes to address the issue.
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for babies’ health and development. Following a few simple tips can help parents ensure their babies get the sleep they need.