Kids who sleep well have largely been polite to do it: sleeping is something that babies learn, like walking and eating. The role of the parent is to teach the children to sleep alone. For some parents, this may seem strange, thinking it’s just natural that the kids wake up at night and that it’s a forcing “to force them” to sleep alone. And it is true: it is normal for children to wake frequently for the first few months and that even after learning to sleep for many hours in a row, there are periods of frequent awakening.
However, these should only be phases, and it is crucial for the infant to learn to sleep long enough for it is during the sleep that occurs impressive number of synaptic connections that allow miraculous baby development. Teaching babies to sleep should not be a forcing. Just follow a few simple rules from the beginning to avoid having to intervene later on in a more determined manner.
The 5 rules of children who sleep
Here are some simple rules that if you consistently follow, you can ensure that your children are well-alive …
1) Teaches the difference between day and night – During the day lets the baby rest in a bright and not overly silent environment when he wakes up talking and playing with him and if he knows he is resting for too long periods (more than 3 hours in a row) do not hesitate to wake him; at night, even when you wake up, keep the low lights and avoid any noise and stimulation.
2) Talk to the earliest signs of fatigue – Babies have more difficulty falling asleep when they are too tired. The earliest signs of tiredness, rubbing his eyes, ears, gaze fixed in the void, yawning and lengthening the body, removing any stimulus and creating the right conditions to make him fall asleep.
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3) Follow a (simple) goodnight roar – Since newborn babies have the ability to recognize the routines they set up and this helps them anticipate what’s going to happen. Before you sleep, follow a simple routine, which can always be replicated even when you do not have the time or you’re out of the house, how to change it, sing or make a nun listen and repeat a good night’s sentence or give it a kiss. You can use the day and evening routines, but make the first one easier and faster.
4) Allow it to fall asleep alone – This may be a gradual process, but during the first few months, it is important that the infant learns to fall asleep alone on his own bed. Most sleep disturbances are related to the fact that the child who has fallen asleep in the arm, who is attached to the breast or cradles, wakes up because in the light sleep he realizes that his situation has changed and he is no longer able to fall asleep alone because it was not used to it.
5) Consoling and offering alternatives – The old theory of leaving the children alone in the crib when they cry is now completely overcome. Kids who sleep long enough to do so because they feel safe. If he cries to offer you his presence to console him, but also live little by little to get used to himself by using comfort-loving supports like a pacifier, a plush or background noise such as a sleeping nun or the noises of nature.