Baby's Sleeping Routine

Baby's Sleeping Routine

Sleep is the most important part of every child's development. Newborn babies spend 18 out of 24 hours sleeping. But this sleep is not continuous. Babies sleep intermittently. Similarly, when babies are 4 to 8 months old, their sleep is reduced from 18 to 14 hours. Restful sleep is very important for the health of the child because sound and deep sleep is very important for the physical and mental development of the child, besides when the child sleeps full and restfully, he is alert and physically active and happy. Is. On the other hand, lack of sleep affects the child's ability to think and understand, and the child remains prone to irritability. He neither concentrates on sports nor eats properly.

Baby sleep training is very important. But training a newborn is much more difficult than an older child. Because every child sleeps according to his mood. A child's peaceful sleep leads to a mother's peace. By taking a few steps to improve children's sleep, they can sleep well and you too will get some rest after a long day of running around.

  • Keep the lights dim
    Dim the lights in the room whenever you put the baby down to sleep. Children do not sleep in the same way, sometimes they sleep deeply, sometimes they sleep shallowly. They open their eyes many times in the night while sleeping and examine the surroundings. Meanwhile, if the light in the room is bright, their mind will wake up and they will be attracted towards that light. In dim light they will go back to sleep quickly. But also keep in mind that there must be enough light in the room so that when you wake up at night to see the baby, you do not need to turn on the light anymore.
  • Sleep at the appointed time
    In order to create a sleep routine for the baby, it is important to put him to sleep at a fixed time. This will get the baby used to sleeping at a specific time. Just as you set a time for the child's food, make a time table for his sleep as well. Whether the baby is sleepy or not, take him to bed at a fixed time. Try to sleep for a while. In a few days the child will get used to this routine.
  • Don't get used to the lap
    Yes Do not get the baby used to the lap at all. This will cause problems for you later. Because then the child will not sleep in the bed or cart etc. When the baby is sleepy, put him in bed with you. Give it a pat. And when he is in a light sleep, move away from him. Don't get up suddenly, but leave the bed slowly and imperceptibly. And place a soft pillow next to the baby. This will make him feel close to you. Some mothers make a hand by putting dry rice in a glove and sewing it on top. Even placing it on top of the baby keeps him sleeping comfortably.
  • Keep the room temperature right
    While sleeping the baby, also make sure that the room is neither too hot nor too cold. Both of these things can disturb the baby's sleep. Always wrap the baby in a cloth. The cloth can be warm or cotton depending on the season. Never place the baby under a fan or in front of the A.C. so that direct air does not blow on the baby. Often children sleep with their mouth open while sleeping, so direct air can dry their throat. Which will be the reason for disturbing their sleep and sore throat too.
  • Keep the environment normal
    Do not make children sleep in a very quiet environment. Because it will not be possible to do this everyday. In this age group, sounds of work, talking or minor noises cannot disturb his sleep. If people talk or whisper or walk slowly near a sleeping baby, there will come a time when the baby will not be able to sleep without all these sounds. Therefore, it is better for the child not to interfere with daily activities while sleeping. And continue the work and talk according to the law, otherwise the mother's life will become a misery. Because the child will not be able to sleep until there is complete silence which is difficult to maintain in homes.
  • What can disturb a child's sleep?
    If you have taken care of the child's comfort and sleep in every way, that is, the light is dim. Room temperature is suitable. The child is swaddled. If there is no unnecessary noise, then at this age, the child's sleep may be disturbed by his internal movement, for example, if he is hungry, he will wake up, if he is not in deep sleep, he may wake up due to cold. Even if the child is in deep sleep, the cold is harmful for him. Can also wake up due to some pain. Will wake up with the urge to defecate. Most of the children sleep when they need to urinate and pee in their sleep. Therefore, it is better to let small children sleep in diapers so that their sleep is not disturbed by wetness. Also, sudden changes such as the volume of the television or radio, so the baby will sleep very peacefully, but if the TV is turned on after putting them to sleep, they may sit up, phone and doorbells. He can also be woken up by the bell.

Just as older children are accustomed to sleeping at night and waking during the day, younger children often do the opposite. They prefer to sleep during the day and stay awake at night. There is no set time for them to sleep and wake up. It takes some time to change their routine. The wiser this change is, the sooner the result will come. But most children quickly get used to the new routine. But not as quickly as tired parents would like. You just don't lose your patience :)

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