Sleep Training Mistakes To Avoid With Your Children
If you’re making any of these six bedtime mistakes with your child, it’s time to end it.
Your baby’s first few nights are as frantic as their first few days. New mothers crib their inability to get enough sleep when their babies wake them up every few minutes. As your infant gets older, this doesn’t have to be so. When it comes to learning to sleep better, some babies take longer than others. Here are a few sleep training mistakes most parents make, and how to avoid them.
Not Adhering To A Stable Bedtime Routine
Predictability and habit are both enhanced by routine. It is essential to put your child to bed at the same time each night to become accustomed to sleeping at a regular period and without any interruptions. At seven o’clock every night, you begin the entire bedtime ritual of bathing, dressing, feeding, singing or reading to your child before they go to sleep.
Allowing Them To Sleep Throughout The Day
Let’s begin with a discussion of newborns and sleep. Even though we all know that being a newborn is all about snoozing away the day, it’s still a good idea to watch how much time they spend sleeping. Seventy-five percent of their growth hormones are created when they sleep, which explains why they sleep. Consequently, they must get some shut-eye whenever they like. So, the goal is to avoid waking them up when they’re asleep. Instead, think of ways to keep them awake for more extended periods. So, if your infant expresses a desire for some quality time with you, take advantage of it. A few more minutes of fun will help your baby sleep better at night.
Running To The Rescue
Moms constantly worry about their children, even when they exhibit the tiniest indications of distress. The natural reaction to a crying or fussing infant at night is to hurry over to their side to calm and soothe them. The reality is that your child should be able to comfort themselves without your help. Even though it’s difficult, ignore them the first few times they fuss or stir. They’ll soon self-soothe and drift off to sleep.
Stop Making Your Child Doubt Their Senses About Day Or Night
So that your infant doesn’t become confused or agitated, it’s essential to make sure that night and day appear just as they should. You may want to leave the lights on at night to keep an eye on your child or give them a sense of security, but this is not suggested.