6 Common Mistakes Preventing Sound Sleep In Babies
Everyone is aware of the miraculous benefits of a good night's sleep on one's health!
Why would the theory be any different in the case of your precious little ones? In addition to that, the bonus of a sound sleeping child is the deserved break that parent/s get.
The challenge doesn't end with the baby sleeping. It is equally crucial that the baby stays asleep after all your efforts.
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ENGROSSING AND SETTLED BEDTIME ROUTINE -
Just like adults, babies/toddlers also develop a bedtime routine. There needs to be a stable routine of activities leading to bedtime. Such as a warm bath, a glass of milk, changing into nightwears, making the bed, getting into the blanket, storytelling. Fixing a sequence of such activities that eventually mean - 'its time to bed' will initiate an automatic phycological effect on the child/babies' brain that its time to sleep. Following this sequence or routine will help them to fall asleep faster and naturally with lesser efforts!
Shailee, a mother of two from Pune, shares her experience, "It took time. But now as soon as my toddlers see taking out their night suits from the cupboard, they immediately know its time for the bedtime routine. The series of activities are precise. Bath-change-milk-story and sleep! This sequence helps me even when we are travelling".
KEEPING THE BABY AWAKE PAST BEDTIME -
Parents often let the child stay awake till late night expecting them to get tired and exhausted enough to fall asleep on their own. This trying-to-be-clever idea usually turns out to be a huge mistake! Mostly in case of working parents, obviously they want to spend more time with their kids and are lured into delaying their sleep time. We completely understand your emotions. However, the experts clarify that "Many parents cannot comprehend and feel helpless. With the same question, why even after an energetic and active day, the child blatantly refuses to sleep with added tantrums and irritable behaviour?" The truth is that once it is past the bedtime, kids become over-exhausted, the biological clock goes for a toss and, makes it difficult for them to fall asleep."
As advised putting the kid to sleep at the right time will also make the night-sleep less disrupted. And eventually, the baby, and the parents as well, will wake up fresh the next day!
CONSISTENCY FROM ALL THE FRONTS -
Together, we can! This motto is a must for a peaceful routine setup. It is often observed that the baby's routine does not work as the family members try to create their own schedule for the baby. It is too important to follow the set schedule with the baby, irrespective of the member taking up the responsibility.
Over exciting the baby before bedtime is a wrong move. Parents and family members might be tempted to play a little more, enjoy a little more with the baby before putting them to bed. Watching television, phones or any screen while trying to put the baby to sleep will have the reverse effect. Toys, crib mobiles, light sleep toys, can distract rather than helping them put to sleep. Stimulating and energising play time with family members can throw them off the schedule and make it difficult for the baby to sleep on time.
The bedtime routine should start peacefully. Use of lullaby or short stories will soothe and calm them and make them sleep better and quicker. (consistency of all members applies here too).
NOT ADJUSTING DAYTIME ACTIVITIES AND NAPS -
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