Why Do Babies Fight Sleep? Become Successful In Putting Baby To Sleep
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How Can We Put Our Baby to Bed
It is the first thing every new parent wants to know. Out of all the questions that exist about babies, including how to nurse a baby and the completion of milestones, getting baby to sleep when baby fights sleep is the number one concern. How can they get their child to sleep when baby fights sleep? To be honest, new parents want the solution to this because they want to sleep.
Still, when the little one is fighting to go to sleep on a daily basis, many parents start to believe that the days of a good night sleep are behind them. It can be tough to be a parent when feeling sleep-deprived. Quite a few sleep consultants and parents would agree with this. Still, it is possible to conquer these bedtime fights. Continue reading to see how can we deal with it.
Getting Baby (From birth to 18 months) to Sleep: Self-Soothing
During the first 6 months, a baby usually sleeps for 12 to 13 hours daily. After 6 months, it is about 11 to 12 hours. All kids are different with some sleeping a little bit more or a little less. However, it can be agreed that all babies need and want to sleep. Parents can help their little ones (and themselves) by putting them on a schedule as well as helping them self-soothe.
Bedtime Issue #1: Baby Wakes Up Continuously Through The Night
Accept the fact that baby will not sleep a full eight hours without interruption. Aim for five or six hours of sleep as it is realistic. This goal is quite doable after a good 3 or 4 months. This does not include the times when the baby is feeling hungry, wet, or just plain sick. Parents only need to get out of their way. Most parents, when they hear their baby crying, rush to her side and immediately start to comfort the child through cuddling or nursing. It is completely understandable. However when parents do this, they are causing bad sleeping habits for the baby, and the whole family will suffer because of this.
Good habits start at bedtime. Sometimes parents habitually hold their baby until they fall asleep. This may start off as something beautiful and positive, but it can turn into a big problem as the child may not be able to fall asleep without that bedtime cuddle. After six months or so, grandma or the babysitter cannot get baby to sleep as she needs cuddles from mommy and /or daddy.
Baby needs to be placed in her crib while still awake so she can learn how to fall sleep without assistance. Learning to do this, she will be able to go back to sleep when she wakes up in the night. Cuddling with a baby or feeding baby until she goes to sleep will make it difficult for her to go to sleep without parents. Try checking in with the baby, without picking her up, during intervals of maybe 5 minutes just to let her know mommy and daddy are there for her.
Some parents may find this distressing because it will take some time for baby to stop crying, possibly hours. But it will take only two days to a week until the baby has mastered self-soothing. Parents have to be consistent with this. Once parents have seen to it that the baby is not hungry or uncomfortable, they should not pick her up. If waiting in another room is too much, parents can sit next to the crib and comfort the child. In nightly increments, they should move farther from the crib until the y are in the other room. Eventually, she will learn how to self-soothe although it may take more time.
Bedtime Issue #2: Baby Refuses to Go Down
If a baby is unable to fall asleep, it may be that she did not get enough sleep during daylight hours. Most people would reason that with less sleep during the day, a baby would be utterrly exhausted, and her parents would have a restful night of sleep. However, it is the opposite that had been proven true. Baby needs her nap time.
In order to have a good bedtime routine, a baby should have a good nap routine as well. How do parents teach their little one to nap if he/she does not already have a routine? Babies usually want to nap about 2 hours after waking up in the morning. So if baby wakes up at 7, she may want to nap around 8:30 or 9:00. Put the baby down around that time even if she doesn’t seem tired. If parents wait too long, the child may end up skipping that nap. The afternoon nap should he the same. Put the baby down 2 hours after the first nap. Feed her, check her diaper, and put her down for another nap. Don’t let the baby stay up too late. It is important that the baby is not too tired.
Toddlers (18 to 36 months)
Every toddler tries to skip bedtime. A new sense of independence can transform a good sleeping baby into a curious and playful toddler who may want to continues playing rather than going to bed. She does not want to miss anything, even if it is daddy vacuuming or mommy cleaning up after dinner. But toddlers need routine even if they don’t believe so.
Bedtime Issue #3: Toddler Constantly Escapes Bed
During this stage, the child may no longer need her crib. She now has her bed. But this can make things difficult for parents who are looking for a well-rested good night sleep.
One solution for this may wait for a little before giving the toddler a new bed. Most children are not ready for a bed until they are three years old. They don’t understand what it means to stay still. Good crib sleepers may fall off of their good habits once they have transitioned to bed. If a parent is concerned about a child’s safety when she is climbing in and out of bed, maybe staying with the crib is the best solution. A new bed may be too exciting, causing the child to want to run around during the night. How does one keep a child in her bed? It depends on what child does once leaving her bed. If she leaves her room, calmly and quietly walk her back to her room. Any anger or excitement may provoke the child to keep leaving her room. If she stays in her room, parents may ignore the child. As long as the child is quiet, this may be the best thing to do. Check in on her in an hour, and she may well be fast asleep.
Preschoolers (3 to 5 years old)
Preschoolers are a bigger and smarter version of toddlers. They likely will not listen to their parents unless their parents have trained them well.
Bedtime Issue #4: Bedtime Keeps Being Pushed Back
Create a bedtime routine that is consistent and done nightly so the preschooler knows exactly what will happen. 30 to 40 minutes is enough time for the routine. One thing the parents can do is allow their child to be able to choose what activity should be done first. Story or bath? Which story they will read tonight? Setting a timer may be a good way to let the child know when the routine starts. Parents should be consistent with this. Children love routine. They will follow the method even if they are not tired. What if the little one tries to keep the routine going longer than it should?
Preschoolers love following the rules, so a bedtime chart may be the way to go. Write down stalling tactics on the chart. When she asks for another cup of water, point her to the chart and show her that another cup of water is not possible. Free passes another way to go. Give the child a pass once a week for an extra story will make the child as well as the parent happy.
Things can seem very difficult without an adequate amount of sleep. These tips may be useful in making life a little bit easier or more hopeful at home. With more sleep, parents will be able to take on the next challenge that faces them.
From Family Bed to Big-Kid Bed
Sharing a bed with a child was probably nice in the beginning. However, sleeping with a toddler or preschooler may be challenging. Parents may want privacy. Or they may no longer want to be kicked by little feet in the middle of the night.
The best time to transition from the family bed may be when the child has stability. She should be potty-trained. No new babies should be around at the moment. The child should also be on a steady schedule.
Parents should also start small. Get her used to napping in her bed during the day.
Parents can also set up a small bed close to the bed. Parents can tell the child that she can sleep there until she is ready to sleep in her room. Parents can also set up a mattress in the child’s room and sleep with her there until she can sleep alone. This should take one or two weeks for her to get used to this.
When she does come to her parents’ room, parents should set up the small bed in their room or they should calmly take her back to her room.