As a Baby-Led Sleep and Well-Being Specialist, I decided to put together my best tips for creating the perfect sleep environment that’s unique to your baby’s normal biological needs, specific personality, and distinct preferences. Use these tips to set up your baby’s sleep space so your entire family can start sleeping better before you know it.
If your baby or toddler is fighting tooth brushing, make it your top priority to make it fun to brush their teeth. Role model brushing your teeth and make it a big deal that you and your baby get to brush your teeth together. Add in games and silly activities to make brushing teeth fun and give your child control to help them look forward to brushing their teeth every day.
Paced bottle feeding is a method of bottle feeding that mimics breastfeeding. Paced bottle feeding puts your baby in control of the feeding, increases your baby’s comfort during bottle feedings, and helps your baby to connect with the person offering the bottle and create a positive association with bottle feeding.
Toddlers like to take toys apart because it encourages their curiosity and helps them understand how things work. If your toddler loves taking things apart, look for toys open-ended toys that promote building, demolishing, and organizing. Learn more about our favorite toys for toddlers who love taking things apart here.
As you get started with baby-led weaning, stock up on supplies that are specifically designed to make your transition to solid foods easier. Look for a high chair, bibs, plates, bowls, cups, and silverware to make baby-led weaning as fun and simple as possible with your baby. You can also stock up on cooking gear that helps you to prep and cook your new foods in ways that are safest for you baby. Find all of our recommendations for starting baby-led weaning here.
If your baby is always fussy at the end of bath time, it could be due to the temperature difference between the water and air as they get out. Try heating up a towel in the dryer so your baby is more cozy getting out of the water. Then snuggle and play to make this a special time for your baby. If your baby is still struggling, keep an eye out for other red flags and listen to your gut to identify other challenges with this transition.
You can bathe or shower with your baby as often as you want to. Check to make sure that the water temperature is correct and get all of your supplies ready beforehand. Then get in the tub without your baby since getting in and out can increase the risk of falling. Pick up your baby and bathe or shower together while keeping a solid grip on your baby the whole time and enjoy bath time together.
The best way to create a stress-free way to help your baby blow their nose without crying is to make it as fun and easy as possible. Play first to help your baby feel connected and relaxed. Then touch your baby’s face with the tissue or aspirator so it doesn’t seem so scary. After that you can quickly blow your baby’s nose and then give lots of hugs and praise so the entire nose blowing process is as positive as possible.