It isn’t easy to get your toddler to sleep and no doubt, it costs you so many sleepless nights. But, experts say that parents might themselves be the reason why the kid is unable to sleep. I know, I know, you have TRIED and TESTED everything and have NO PATIENCE to hear one thing more against your parenting ways, but hey, don’t you want to sleep well? Moreover, don’t you want your baby to have a perfect sleep so that it (right?) remains healthy?
Read here to know better:
1. If you think your baby’s sleeping habit will alter on its own, then you are wrong.
Baby’s are not aware about the skill of sleeping, even though they do that all day, and need to be taught proper sleeping habits without any comparison with the other kids. And first and foremost, you could do that by not letting them stay up late. This makes them go irritated and then they refuse to go back to sleep in the night. You could do lesser activities in the night time, dim the lights and give the baby a relaxing atmosphere.
2. No distraction in bedtime.
Calm music might not have the same effect on the baby as it has on you and they might get distracted by it. Thus, evade all the possibilities that could keep the baby awake in night and switch off the television which remains switched on all day long!
3. Have a bedtime routine.
You must stick to the bedtime of the baby and if in case you tell them stories before they go off to sleep or any other unique thing that is reserved only to night, follow it religiously. This would form an indication to the baby that the next thing they have to do is going to sleep. If they enjoy a warm water bath then, don’t forget to indulge them in it every night.
4. Don’t take baby out in the night.
If you go out a particular night, it would affect the routine of the baby and would cause a distraction which we were talking about in the second point. Taking the baby out before bedtime will not prove beneficial as instead of making the baby tired, it might over kindle the baby and make your night sleepless.
5. Don’t Pick your baby immediately if it starts crying
Similar to adults, babies also wake up for no reason in the night time and the only reason they cry is they are unable to get back to sleep. Thus, if you don’t disturb them and let them self-soothe, they will learn to be get back to sleep on their own without needing your pats.
6. Don’t mix sleep and food.
Try not to feed the baby while they are asleep as once the baby gets used to such kind of digestive method, they will start requiring more time to digest their food when they are awake. Thus, always feed your baby one hour before the bedtime to keep their stomach full. Giving bottle in midnight might get her to sleep but it’s not useful in the long run.
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