All You Need To Know On How To Put A 7 Week Old Baby To Sleep
Whether you’re a new parent or not, having a fussy baby that has not gotten enough rest or sleep yet can be quite frustrating. Under such circumstances, you will experience countless hours of crying that will drive you crazy, especially if you haven’t got enough rest yourself.
I myself have gone through such hardships with my first born. They are very loud and can really get in your nerves. You can easily find yourself getting stressed out and discouraged at the same time just trying to put your child to sleep.
Fortunately, there’s a simple way that you can try to put any infant to sleep, especially a 4 up to 7 week old baby that can easily turn fussy. So if you have had enough of those sleepless nights, noisy afternoons, or early morning wake up calls from a crying baby, you can now rest easy knowing that this article will tell you about all you need to know about how to put a fussy baby to sleep.
Hopefully by the end of this article, you will have gained enough knowledge to confidently put a baby to sleep all on your own. You might even be confident enough to teach others what you have learned here.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Knowing When To Put A Baby To Sleep
Babies can be very hard to figure out if you haven’t had enough experience caring for them. It’s actually a bit funny how being a completely grown adult cannot prepare you for taking care of a baby.
One thing that might puzzle you is a baby’s complex sleeping schedule. I’m sure you must have asked yourself, “how do I know if she’s sleepy?” “is he just hungry?” “is it okay to put him to sleep after feeding?”
One obvious sign that means your baby needs to be put to sleep is fussing that turns into whining, then crying, and lastly screaming. Sometimes a fussy baby can also give you inconsistent glazed stares along with a back arching motion.
Other less subtle signs that your baby is sleepy is when he grimaces, clenches his fists, waves his legs or arms, pulls up his knees, or sucks his thumb.
How Long Should A Baby Sleep
Another thing you should be well aware of when it comes to putting an infant to sleep is how long should he actually stay asleep.
Not knowing how much rest your baby should get can pose significant health risks for your child. If you give him too little time to sleep, you will end up with a baby that’s tired and can be fussy for hours. If you’re a new parent, it would be best to closely monitor your child’s sleep patterns. Try to use a chart and jot down his hours of sleep just to make sure that he is getting enough.
The number of hours an infant needs to sleep depends on how old he is. For infants that are only 7 weeks old, an 15.5 up to 17 hours of sleep is the average. That’s around 8 up to 10 hours per day.
Now the 8 or 10 hours of sleep doesn’t need to happen all at once, you can spread out the number of sleep hours per day over three or five naps.
However, if your baby is ill, he might require more time to rest. Check with your doctor first to make sure how much rest your baby should get in order to recover quick.
Tips For Putting A Baby To Sleep
Before we get into the step by step guide on how you should put your baby to sleep, let us first tell you about a couple of useful tips that you will find very handy when your baby needs to rest.
The first tip you should know about is setting a routine that will let your baby know it’s almost time to sleep. The best thing you can do is give your baby a bath, dim the lights, or sing to your baby to gently soothe him to sleep.
Another thing you should know when putting a baby to sleep is that you should never rock him to sleep using a swing. Doing so will cause your baby to become dependent on the swing, and you wouldn’t want that because how else would you make your baby sleep when there’s no swing around?
Last thing you should remember when putting a baby to sleep is that you should never place him on his tummy. Always place your baby on his back when you put him in his crib. Doing so will prevent the occurrence of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome.
How To Put A Baby To Sleep
Now that you are well aware of the basics regarding a baby’s sleeping hours, it’s now time to learn about how you can actually put your baby to sleep.
To effectively put a 7 week old baby to sleep, try and follow our simple guide below.
What You Will Need
The first thing you should do when putting your baby to sleep is preparation. Try and prepare these following materials before hand to ensure the uttermost efficiency during your baby’s sleepy time.
To safely put your baby to sleep, you will need a fine crib that is completely secure. If you don’t have a crib at your home yet, or if you’re planning on getting a new one, we recommend you get a crib that will fit you and your baby. Such cribs can make it easier for you to soothe your child since you will be able to let him rest by your side, therefore providing more comfort and security.
You will need a nice soft blanket that you can use to swaddle your baby. We suggest using a cotton wool blanket for ultimate comfort. When using a blanket on your baby, make sure that it is completely free of any contaminants such as dust or other particles that can irritate your baby’s skin. Also make sure that the blanket you are using has been cleansed with baby friendly detergents.
#A Dim Room
Babies who are 7 weeks old can sleep best under a setting that’s similar to that of the womb. To simulate the setting inside the womb, try to choose a spot in your house that is dimly lit. If you are trying to put your baby to sleep in the morning, and your house is very bright, you may just use a large blanket and place it over your child’s crib to provide a dim sleeping environment.
You can find an assortment of accessories that are used to make babies fall asleep in your local mall or department store. You can choose a toy that provides soothing sounds, lights, and even motions. Try to get a simple toy that you can hang above your child’s crib to keep him calm during his nap time.
What You Should Do
Now that you know about the things you need to prepare to make a sound sleeping environment for your child, you can now follow these simple steps to effectively put your child to sleep.
Step 1: Make Sure Your Baby Is Sleepy
You can use a couple of cues to signal your baby that it’s time to sleep. The best thing you can do is give your baby a nice warm bath before his nap. Another thing that you can use to cue your baby that it’s time to sleep is shushing him or singing soft tunes that can soothe him.
Look out for signs that your baby is ready to sleep. Such signs include yawning, arching his back, waving his limbs, crying, screaming, or any sign of discomfort. Once you have established that your baby is tired, it’s now time to take step two.
Step 2: Cue Your Baby It’s Nap Time
You can even try talking to him with a soothing tone. Try and say that “it’s time for bed,” doing so will let your baby know that the sound you're making means it’s time to sleep.
In cueing your baby to sleep, you should also start to dim the lights or place him in a dimly lit room. Doing so will soothe his eyes and make them all droopy.
Step 3: Soothe Your Baby
Once your baby has calmed down, the next thing you should do is soothe him until he is completely relaxed. Take note that you shouldn’t soothe him up to the point where he will fall asleep in your arms, just make sure that he’s relaxed enough to be placed inside the crib without getting fussy all of a sudden.
You can soothe your baby by intermittently bouncing him, slowly rocking him, or carrying him while you are walking around the room.
Another thing you should take note of is that not all babies are the same. Some babies can actually get soothed by stronger movements. Try to experiment for a while with the different kinds of movements that can make your baby feel totally relaxed.
Step 4: Wait For Your Baby To Become Drowsy
Continue to soothe your baby until you see his eyes became droopy. Once your baby seems like he’s completely drowsy, it’s now time to gently place him in his crib.
This can be the “make or break” part of putting your baby to sleep. Since babies are highly sensitive, you can easily irritate them or make them turn fussy just by removing them from your arms.
To effectively place your baby in his crib, you must find the perfect level of drowsiness. That’s when your baby’s still awake, but is almost half asleep.
Do take note that this may require you a couple of tries when you are trying this on a 7 week old baby.
Step 5: Let Your Baby Fall Asleep In The Crib
Once you have found the perfect level of drowsiness, you can now start gently laying your baby on his crib.
When putting a baby to sleep, remember to always place him on his back to avoid SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome. Make sure that once you put your baby on his crib, he won’t topple over onto his tummy. Make sure that your baby is secure and is on his back at all times.
After placing your baby in his crib, you shouldn’t leave him just yet. You must make sure that he falls to sleep all the way before you leave him alone.
However, as your baby gets older, you should refrain from waiting until he’s fully asleep. Babies must eventually learn for themselves how to put their self to sleep. Failing to do so will create unfavorable sleep associations that will make your baby frequently depending on something in order to fall asleep.
A Quick Recap
Putting a 7-week old baby to sleep can be quite frustrating, especially if you’re a new parent. A baby that is tired and has been crying for hours can easily make you stressed and can make your home an uncomfortable place.
Fortunately, there’s a simple process you can follow to effectively soothe and put your baby to sleep. All you’ll need is a dim room, a comfortable crib, and a couple of minutes to help your baby relax in your arms. Now this might take a try or two before you get it right every time, but eventually I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it once you get to know your baby’s preferences.
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