- Put your baby down in a quiet, dark place when you can. The dark helps their eyes to adjust and allows them to start feeling sleepy.
- If you can, put your baby down awake as often as possible. Your baby will start training themselves to go to sleep on their own.
- Start a routine as soon as you can. Do the same things each night that trigger your baby that it's time to go to sleep.
- Warm water makes babies relaxed and can help them go to sleep easier. If you're having trouble with this, try giving them a bath before bedtime.
- Give your baby/child something to help them soothe. Whether it's a pacifier, a lovey, or a blanket it doesn't matter. Often children need something of comfort if they aren't co-sleeping.
- Co-sleep. I know, I know, there's plenty of parents that would freak out if they read this! Co-sleeping, if done safely, has been well known to help a baby through their first year of life. I have co-slept while nursing my babies from time to time and they don't still sleep with me(my son is ten months old).
- Read stories, give cuddles, say prayers, or do whatever it is you do to spend quality time with your child.
- Be consistent as much as possible! Changing up sleeping arrangements can be disturbing for a child. It can make it hard on them at bedtime.
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