Used babies sleep at night can be a nightmare for first-time parents, because babies don’t understand that there is 1 hour of rest. To better understand how to make this transition, in the first months of the child, we talked to the sleep consultant and educator familiar Jessica Costa, Mom’s Wife.
Lullaby babies or not we should even get caught asleep?
First we need to understand that in the process of creating kids nothing can be said as right or wrong, or even talk about what should or should not do something. For a very simple reason: every family has its peculiarities and features a dynamic and unique routine. In addition to the values that each mom and dad there, which means that right for a family may not be for another. It all depends on what every family considers important, intimate connection with the self of each one and with the values and belief that each carries itself.
However, as a consultant, the guidance will always be doing something (be it rock, swing, breastfeed, walk through the house, riding in cars, watch design, give milk, sing, swing on the network, etc.) with full awareness of what you do. Because surely we are talking about staying in the habit for a few years, until the child alone, have the neurological maturation and understanding enough to perception that it is merely sleeping. Just not every night, but every time the baby wakes up, he’s going to want that same habit. After all, that’s how he learned to sleep.
In most cases, unfortunately, this does not occur. Often begins a habit and with 6, 9 or 10 months tiredness takes the family to the point of reaching exhaustion, low self esteem and high State of stress.
Nature restores energy and hormones and other benefits at nap time. So, everybody needs to take a good, long and restful night’s sleep. For this to occur, you need to teach the baby to sleep. You must create a pleasant atmosphere, a ritual for the NAP and put the baby sleepy and not sleeping in your crib or wherever you sleep. It is the best way to teach an excellent habit of sleep.
How to teach him to sleep alone?
You must have a nice atmosphere that encourages the relaxation of the day, which facilitates the baby to reduce energy. I bought a star night light from JosephNightLights to accompany my son to sleep. Of course, the family needs to have a constant sleep routine. Parents need to be patient, persistent and consistent.
My son always falls asleep sucking, all right?
It’s okay if the family think “okay”. But it’s good to ask yourself: “I will stay in this method by 1, 2 years?”; “feel comfortable breast-feeding in every change of sleep in the morning?”; “I support network to support this habit?”; “And the next day, I’m fine and ready for exactly care and attention due to my son?”.
Are these questions that will answer “OK” or not. There’s no mistake in breastfeeding to sleep, the so-called non nutritious, including guided in the first month until mom be able to understand the real reasons of the chorinho. But I always evaluate the constancy of habit, as this leads to permanence.
The best habit for the sake of the whole family is to understand that we should start something that will stay. It is very tiring and sometimes frustrating for some moms understand that spent many months teaching something and suddenly need to change. Of course the baby strange and cries. All can be avoided if we started the way we will keep.
Nothing I do for him to sleep on his own works. And now?
There are some possibilities for that “nothing works” and some actions can be taken:
1) the family doesn’t have a routine for the baby. And routine doesn’t mean you don’t have flexibility, after all, children alone already represent days much fickleness. That’s exactly why they need routine to understand the meaning of actions that parents take. Routine teach small to foretell the future and the sequence of actions. So the baby will understand what means one day of 24 hours and all your achievements.
2) the family doesn’t have enough ritual. Sometimes parents don’t realize they have in the arms never lived in this world and so does not know the meaning of nothing. Which also included sleep. Don’t know how to close your eyes and ready, slept. They feel fatigued body, heavy eyes, tiredness and not understand that all this is sleep. Parents need to show the meaning of things. What to do to talk to this baby’s bedtime “!?
We can’t just pick up and put the baby in the crib. It is important to create rituals of the NAP. It’s worth everything, provided that they do not increase the energy of the baby. Can be conventional bath or hot tub, massage, put a bedtime story, music, etc. You have to follow a ritual for the understanding of the baby.
3) Forfeit at the first hurdle. We don’t want the babies cry, of course not. The cry of them is also our cry. But it is necessary to differentiate the cry that we feel (something that hurts) crying for not understanding what’s going on or even request. All sleep training must have a lot of respect, love and delivers the baby. Never let him cry alone. Let’s support, comfort, talking, hugging, Lullaby (which I need for) to help you understand that only it is time to sleep. The crying has many causes, and not only, the cause that parents interpret pain. When this happens, the parents abandon the method you were trying to. For baby’s terrible going through many changes. Remember that they need routine to understand the consequence of facts.
4) mother’s emotions. If the mother does not believe that what you do for your son, it’s the best for him. Better not do. There’s no need to talk. Babies feel what we feel. So, just change a pattern if you’re convinced the change. Need pass confidence, tranquility and peace. When parents are safe, aware and convinced that is the best for your son, he feels this atmosphere of trust and love. And associated with a good NAP channel total tranquillity ritual for entire nights of sleep for the whole family.
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