Getting your baby to sleep often seems like a magical act in which all the cards have to be aligned perfectly for either of you to get a good night of rest. But despite the fact that each baby is different and will have vastly different sleep preferences, there are some common, small things you do that make it harder for your baby to fall asleep — an you likely aren't alone. These habits are so common that you might assume they're the "normal" way to get your little one to sleep.
Standard practice or not, experts say these nighttime habits may actual be wreaking havoc on the quality and quantity of your baby's (and therefore your own) sleep. Luckily, all hope isn't lost if you identify with a few or even all of these bad habits. All parents can relate to making a decision out of sheer exhaustion, without considering how it may affect their baby's sleep down the line. Most mistakes, however, can be corrected, especially when it comes to sleep. So don't fear if you've been the one making it harder for your little one to fall asleep at night. All of these habits can be changed with a little bit of effort.