Help baby sleep by separating night from day

Has bubba been snoozing all day and “partying” all night? It’s time to reset his body clock.

Remember the day you brought your newborn home? He looked so tiny and precious in his swaddle that you didn’t want to put him down for a second.

You kept kissing his smooth, chubby cheeks and inhaling that uniquely sweet baby smell that till this day you can’t find the right words to describe.

Ahh…aren’t babies the best? Even more so when they have that angelic look on their faces when they are fast sleep.

There’s only one problem ― as a parent, you would know by now that babies don’t sleep! Well, they don’t sleep when you want them to at least.

Which brings us to our next point ― why is that infants sleep all day so that they are ready to play all night?

This mix-up in your mini-me’s body clock has everything to do with the time he spent in mummy’s womb. Your baby may be in the real world now, but he did spend almost 10 months in a dark place blissfully unaware of what day, time or month it was out in the real world. He didn’t have to wake up for meals, to have his diaper changed or take a bath. He ate, slept, pooped and played in the dark, according to his own timetable.

Now that he’s outside, you can’t blame your cutie for being confused as to how he should spend his day. The good news is that most babies figure out their body clock by 10 weeks. They realise that they are supposed to set aside the bulk of their sleep at night ― a stretch of three to four hours.

Thanks to sleep regression and growth spurts, junior’s sleep can get interrupted and it may never go back to normal. So as to make sure that you’re instilling good sleep habits in him, the first step is to teach him how to distinguish between day and night.

Follow these four strategies to steer your sweetie towards a sleep pattern that promises you both some quality downtime.

When bub is awake take him out for a walk and expose her to sunlight and fresh air. Sunshine, or any kind of light, helps set your internal body clock.

1. Have a different routine for naps and before bedtime

Babies thrive on routines as it gives them a sense of security and helps them anticipate what’s next.

While it will take months before bub can follow a bedtime routine, it doesn’t hurt to start from day one. However, since he doesn’t know if he’s going down for a short day-time nap or a long one in the evening, keep each routine different.

Lisa Ang, 35, mum to Karl, 13 months, said she kept her baby’s nap routine much shorter than the bedtime routine.

“Since we were on an eat, play, sleep schedule during the day, nap routines would typically start after some playtime. Then I will take him to a dark room, swaddle and bounce him to sleep,” Ang explains. “For bedtime, we started off with a warm bath, putting on pyjamas, reading a book followed by a milk feed and then bed.”

Three more ways to raise a super-sleeper, coming right up!