Understanding Baby
Sleeping
Answering Sleep Deprived Parents' Frustration

 

 

 

 
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Routine plays important role in baby sleeping. Your baby will quickly come to appreciate the consistency and predictability of a routine that you have built since he was born. Knowing what's coming every night will help your baby to learn sleep habits that will stand you both in good stead for the future. Routine can also increase baby self esteem and confidence.

However, it will come in time when you think your baby is getting into a nice routine suddenly everything seems fall apart. It happens usually between 6 and 9 months when normal mental and physical developmental stages can throw things off. For instance, when your baby begins to associate bedtime with being left alone, she may start crying just to keep you around. During this time, being persistent in the routine during normal condition (no sickness or special case) would hold very important role in creating sleeping habit in future.

A study of 405 mothers -- with infants between 7 months and 36 months old -- showed that babies who followed a nightly bedtime routine went to sleep easier, slept better, and cried out in the middle of the night less often. Start routine to your baby when you think he is ready usually after about 2 months, some starts from 4 months old. Do it slowly and not forcing it as your baby is not a robot. Use your instinct and not your frustration. You are the one who knows your child best.


The Strategies

Decide what routine or schedule you want to apply. You can try to set it so it fits the best with family schedule such as working time for example. Combine it with the baby schedule as well. Make daytime feeds social and lively and night-time feeds quiet and calm. This will help your baby to set her body clock and learn the difference between day and night. Try to make a little adjustment here and there. Most importantly bring peace and not stress to your baby.

After that be consistent but flexible in what you include in your routine. There's the standard ritual such as bathing, putting on pajamas, reading a story, having a cuddle, or playing a quiet game. Just make sure you choose something that helps to calm your baby. And while you can certainly start your routine in the bathroom or the living room, make sure you end it in your baby's bedroom.

 

Special Case

There are some reasons if baby start waking up again or hardly sleep. If that happen, stop the routine, take a deep breath, find the cause and overcome it. Below are some reason why baby is waking up again or hardly sleep:

  • Your baby wants more time with you. This is normal as human being. May be you left him in day care while you are working that he misses you. Baby from birth already has this kind of instinct. Give him some love and surely he will sleep well for the night.
  • Teething. Check if he drooling, rash on cheek that normally not there. And then try to check his gum. If you find teething sign, you can give him teething paste that you can get from chemist or if it is severe in rare case, you can give him panadol. If you are unsure, consult your doctor about it.
  • Developmental advances (e.g.: waking more often right before or after learning to turn over, crawl or talk).
  • Illness, allergy, diaper rash, eczema.
  • Hunger (including growth spurts).
  • Reverse cycling: Some babies whose moms are away during the day prefer to reject most/all supplements while mom is away, and nurse often during the evening and night. If mom is very busy during the day or if baby is very distracted, this can also lead to reverse cycling.


Dealing With Baby Sleeping Issues Is Easier Than You Think!
By knowing your options, it will let you know what to do and hence avoid getting stressed or frustrated.

“Understanding baby sleeping” provides those options.

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The information included on this site is for your information only, and is by no means a substitute for the advice of a qualified medical practitioner. If you have a particular problem or ambiguity, see a doctor.


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