How to get your baby to sleep at night

A survey conducted by Kantar Sifo and the parent tech company Owlet shows that every third parent of young children in Sweden considers that their overall sleep quality is not sufficient, and only two percent say that they sleep well at night.

In addition, every fifth mother of small children is willing to pay between one thousand and two thousand kronor for a good night’s sleep.

This affects not only the parents themselves, but also the children – because 69 percent answer that their ability to be good parents is impaired by lack of sleep.

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All children develop differently

– The way babies grow and develop is very different from child to child. One of the best ways to develop good sleep habits for your child is through an effective sleep training program, says Michelle Smith sleep expert at Owlet and continues:

– Today, there are also several technical products that can help parents create better sleep routines. For example, you can use a smart baby monitor where you can track sleep trends and see your child’s sleep quality.

The survey was conducted by Kantar Sifo in November 2021 on behalf of Owlet. The survey has 500 Swedish respondents who have at least one child aged 0-5 years.

The expert’s best tips for parents

Smith shares four tips for giving your baby good sleeping routines:

1. Be consistent. Have set bed and wake times every day.

2. Use the sun. Let your child take a short nap in daylight, but keep it as dark as possible at bedtime to help the child get into their circadian rhythm.

Use sound to your advantage. Babies feel best with so-called “white noise” at night to block ambient noise, but during the day they should sleep to normal everyday sound so that they learn that the day is for being awake and the night is for sleep.

4. Adjust your expectations. Remember that it is perfectly normal for your newborn baby to wake up around the clock to eat! Their stomachs are very small and need those frequent feedings. Offer frequent feedings during the day – but feed on request during the night.

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