Help your child sleep through the night

Cozy in the belly of their mom, the fœtus sleeps and wakes up anytime they want, with no distinction of the day or the night, unlike adults. This is why asking a newborn baby to care about the day or the night is pointless. It is not until 3 to 6 months that the biological clock starts working properly, giving the baby the ability to organize his or her sleeping phases, allowing for complete nights of sleep, or at least 6 full hours of sleep in a row.

Newborn to 3-6 months of age.

Infants less than one year of age and especially less than 6 months of age will naturally wake up several times during the night. Even though it is a natural thing, it is never too early to give your little one some good sleeping habits (see below), and especially to teach your baby to fall asleep without your or your spouse help or presence.

3-6 months to 1 year

At 6 months, if your little one still doesn’t have a regular night sleep pattern, you may need to start reinforcing good habits. Here are some tips to help your baby sleep through the night.

  1. If you haven’t already done it, let your baby sleep in their own bedroom. Throughout the night, your little one will probably wake and cry. This is normal for an infant, and you need to resist the temptation of jumping out of the bed, run to your child’s bedroom and pick him or her up in your arms. Having your child sleep in a separate bedroom will make this more easy.
  2. Give your child some hints to help him make a distinction between day and night. Leave the blinds on during daytime and turn off the lights at night, when you are putting your little one to sleep. Try to not turn the light back on until the morning.
  3. If your little one cries at night, do not automatically run to the bedroom with baby’s bottle. Otherwise, you might open the door to bad habits, such as asking for food every night for the next months to come.
  4. If your baby sleeps through a whole night, congratulate him or her. It is not because he still an infant that baby doesn’t understand encouragement. This will only help you child evolve faster.
  5. Do not let your baby fall asleep on your or in your arm like a newborn baby. Put your baby to sleep in their crib, and don’t forget a little “good night” when they fall asleep. Don’t cradle your baby and leave the bedroom quickly, to allow your child to get use to sleeping without you in the same room.

For all these reasons, it is a good idea to have a baby safety monitor. Baby safety monitors allow you to check on your little one without having to rush in their bedroom at the first noise.

1-3 years old

Is your child between 1 to 3 years old and is still waking up at night on a regular basis, asking for you attention? In this case, you need to introduce and impose strict routines. At that age, your child is learning to earn their own autonomy. They are learning to talk and to walk, no wonder they want to do what they want at night. This is the “I don’t want to go to bed” stage, a stage that may last longer if you don’t impose on them good sleeping habits. So here are some tips to help your child sleep at night.

  1. If you are coming back from work late, don’t send your child to bed right away. Your child is probably too excited to spend some time with you to fall sleep. Chit chat with him or her, read a book, tell them a story. This will allow your child to relax and fall asleep faster.
  2. If your child is in the middle of playing a game or drawing, don’t send them to bed right away just because it’s bed time. Allow them to finish what they are doing, with the promise that they will finish what they are working on quickly.
  3. Give your child a relaxing and calm environment and make bedtime something they will look forward to. Sing a song, listen to their favorite song, tell a story or ask them to tell you a story. Being with you just before bedtime will make transition from playtime to the loneliness of bedtime much easier.
  4. Check out for sleepy signs. As soon as your little one starts yawning, it’s probably bed time.
  5. Don’t be too rigid about bed time. If your kid is not sleepy yet, allow them to sleep a little bit later, then come back to a more reasonable sleep times.
  6. If your kid sneaks in your bed every morning at 4 or 5 AM, don’t simply ignore it. This occasional habit might become a bad habit and worsen their sleeping problems. Be firm and explain them that parents have their own bed, just like he or she has his or her own bed. You can allow you child to sleep in the same bedroom with their older brother or sister, for a little while. This can solve some problems without enforcing the bad habit of needing a parent to fall asleep.

For more information, visit Best Baby Monitor.

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Date: Wednesday, 28. April 2010 0:05
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