Putting your child to sleep during winter isn’t always easy. Especially during those cold, gloomy days when the weather isn’t much help. Having a sleep routine for your child is something you should stick to in order to get them to sleep soundly; however, when the weather gets colder, should your child’s sleep routine change?
If you’re wondering how to make your child sleep instantly in winter, here are a few tips for the best winter sleep routine for your child:
Skip your baby’s bath
One of the reasons bathing is a great way to put your baby to sleep is because it relaxes them. However, when the weather gets colder, it could lead to agitation preventing your child from being able to sleep. That’s why your child’s sleep routine during the cold weather months should preferably not include taking a bath. However, if you find that your child’s sleep is suffering as a result, there are a few tips you should consider before giving your child a bath during winter:
- Warm up the bathroom/bedroom before undressing your baby.
- Only expose the part of your baby’s body you will wash.
- Consider a sponge bath for babies.
- Moisturize your baby well after a bath.
- Make sure they wear warm pajamas.
- Dry their hair well.
Set the right temperature in the bedroom
In Egypt, the houses are rather cold, it is important to warm up the room for your baby to be able to fall asleep. However, avoid making your baby sleep next to a heater all night as their body can easily overheat. Keeping your baby’s body temperature stable is important to avoid using up the calories they need for growth or staying cool or warm.
Massage your baby
Massaging your baby is a great sleep routine as it has numerous benefits. It allows your child to relax and release any tension in their bodies, as well as create a great bonding experience for both you and the child. This could be a great way for your baby to start identifying bedtime.
Read a story in bed
Depending on your child’s age, you can either sing them a lullaby or read them a story in bed to help them fall asleep. Not only does this help your child fall asleep, but also sleep for longer durations during the night.
Avoid layering up with clothes
It’s important to understand that during sleep, the body heats up to stay warm. With too many layers, a baby can easily overheat and lose their energy trying to stay cool. In order to make sure your baby is wearing enough clothes to keep them warm during the cold winter nights, it is best to follow this clothing guide based on temperature.
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Sources used in this article:
- How to Give Your Baby a Bath During the Winter Months?
- Dressing Baby for Sleep – Sleeperific
- Benefits of a bedtime routine in young children: Sleep, development, and beyond
- Infant Massage: Understand this Soothing Therapy – Mayo Clinic