They say that a newborn baby sleeps, eats and stuffs a diaper all day. Many newly born parents would disagree. Babies when they are born still do not know that the night is for sleeping and the day for playing. They slept in their mother's stomach and ate whenever they wanted, whether it was day or night.
It is true that the average newborn sleeps between 3pm and 7pm daily, but it’s rarely about a few hours a piece. Most alertness is spent on feeding, bathing, changing diapers and other hygiene. How to get there as soon as possible established a bedtime routine consistency and persistence are paramount.
Choose what activities or activities you want to repeat every day. Most often parents choose to swim, but you don't necessarily have to choose it. Parents are glad to have a bath because they think they are having a baby and it will make it easier to fall asleep. Which of course may not be true. In addition to bathing, you can drag your baby into the bedroom, turn down the lighting, change her diaper, put on her pajamas, feed her, sing a lullaby, read a story… Choose something you enjoy too. The temperature in the bedroom at night should be a few degrees lower than the daytime temperature.
Keep track of the signals your baby is giving you. The most common signs are rubbing and closing of the eyes, yawning, nervousness and crying. If you do not recognize them on time, you will get a very nervous baby who will find it difficult to sleep. The atmosphere in the baby's environment as it gets dark must be quieter, the light low and the TV or some source of interest would have to be turned off. Of course, this does not mean that you sit in the dark and silence of five in the afternoon. The thing is, in moderation and by gradually reducing the intensity of everything. During the day, raise the blinds, turn on the radio and in general, the household should not refrain from talking normally to the child.
Have you heard of white noise? Today you can find online recordings of vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, fans or washing machines. Some children like to fall asleep to the sounds of traffic and drivingand some with a heartbeat. This reminds them of their stay in the womb. You can also try a variety of sounds from nature, such as the chirping of birds or the creaking of a stream. And if you are afraid your baby will be discovered all night, try sleeping bags.
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As time goes by you will catch a beat. Although it may not seem so close to you at first. Keep in mind that each child is different. Don't try to compare it to your older brother or your neighbor's child. Everybody catches a beat at the end, and by comparing you you will not achieve anything. You will only feel more tired.
How to Teach Your Baby to Sleep Alone
By the age of 12, your baby will not be able to fall asleep without your help. Some babies will need a little more help, some less, but most of you will need to learn how to become a sleeper. When your baby learns to fall asleep alone, you will greatly ease your daily routine. It's just important to be consistent and persistent. Introduce a routine that will guide your baby to bedtime. Don't worry if you didn't stick to your routine from the beginning because it's never too late.
It is important not to allow your baby to get tired. If the baby is tired and irritable, it will be difficult to learn new things. Therefore, as soon as you notice that she is asleep, start working on sleeping.
Leave the baby to calm down. Start by twisting. When you put your baby on the bed and change his diaper, leave him a little alone. Get out of his field of view and listen to what he is doing on the side. This is a real opportunity to practice slowly leaving your baby alone. It may take you several times to succeed, but your child will eventually learn. If he doesn’t have the opportunity, he can’t even learn. Stand by the door and listen to what he is doing. The baby may be playing, twirling, babbling at first ... It's all part of sleeping. If they cry too little, do not lift it immediately. Only when the crying becomes inconsolable should you try to calm the baby with a story, and as a last resort, have a lullaby on your hands. Your baby is still very young and needs your help. Therefore, comfort her if necessary by carrying her on her arms.
As a child grows older, reduce interventions around his drowsiness. Get away from your baby when he is still awake and let him sleep. To avoid sleepless and sleepless nights, try to refrain from carrying your baby.
Author: M.L., Photo: Andriy Maygutyak / Shutterstock