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You Will Need
- A bassinet or crib
- A receiving blanket
- A rocking chair or glider
- Your most soothing singing voice
- A large exercise ball
- A blanket sleeper
- A white noise machine or electric fan
- A pacifier
Make baby comfy
Make sure your baby is comfortable: His tummy should be full and his diaper should be clean and dry.
Swaddle your baby. He’ll feel as cozy as if he’s still in the womb, and hopefully relaxed enough to drift off to sleep.
Make temperature adjustments
Make sure your baby is neither cold nor hot. If you think he might be cold, don’t add blankets—loose covers are a suffocation hazard. A blanket sleeper with an extra t-shirt underneath should keep your baby cozy.
Get moving. Your baby is used to being rocked, swayed, and walked in Mom’s belly, so that’s often what he needs to enter Dreamland.
Sing—anything, as long as it’s gentle and lyrical. It doesn’t matter if it’s off-key. Your baby loves your voice no matter what. It doesn’t even matter if it’s made-up nonsense.
Add some racket
Add a little racket. The drone of a fan or white noise machine has been known to help babies fall asleep.
Wait with him
Put your baby down when he’s drowsy, but not yet asleep; you can stay with him until he conks out. He’ll learn to drift off by himself, even when he wakes up in the night—meaning more ZZZs for you.