When it comes to napping during the day, it can be really easy or really difficult to get a baby to sleep. If the baby goes for long stretches during the night, your chances of the baby getting many day naps are slim.
Here are my top tips on what to do:
1) Breastfeeding your baby to sleep works for most mothers from my experience. However people tend to advise against it as it gets the baby into a habit. I on the other hand wouldn’t care, whatever gets my sweetheart to dreamland, I’m down to do. Nothing worse than a cranky baby 😂.
2) Some type of physical stimulation. My baby likes to lie on his tummy and his bum to be slapped in a rhythmic movement. Other babies like to be rocked to sleep in your arms or crib, while others like a light patting of their back. However once they are being stimulated by some type of movement or touch they tend to relax and drift off.
3) White noise. Many babies enjoy the sound of a fan or a hoover. You can also find some good apps on your phone or videos on YouTube if you don’t feel like hoovering all day 😂. This type of sound will cover any other sounds that could potentially wake them plus produces a very calming feeling for the baby. Anytime my baby cries hysterically and I can’t seem to soothe him, a white noise tends to do the trick 👍.
4) This next point is very important. There is a window of sleepiness and if you miss it, you miss the boat. The baby will show you signs such as yawning or rubbing eyes. This means he is ready for a nap. But if you miss it and the baby gets overtired it’s hard to sleep, just like adults find it difficult to sleep when overtired.
5) Keep the room airy and relatively dark. Not too dark in my opinion as I feel it confuses them with nighttime. But blaring sunlight is going to keep anyone awake, just a nice comfortable environment.
6) Now get the hell out of there. Once asleep (even if still fidgeting around a bit) you need to get out of the room if you can. I am a firm believer that they can smell their Mama a mile away 😂, specially if you are breastfeeding.
Keep in mind these are tips for a healthy 5 month old baby that you can apply to many babies that find it hard to nap in the day.