Good Night Sleep
Sometimes all it takes are a few
simple steps that can quickly lead to better rest
for you and your baby. Every child is different,
but that doesn’t mean they can’t all
have a great night’s sleep. Many of my clients
and their babies struggle with the same sleep
• Irritable and fussy around
late afternoon and dinner time?
• Needing a sleep association to fall asleep?
Rocking, soother, breast/bottle?
• Taking short naps? 45 minutes or less?
• Waking up frequently throughout the night?
• Waking up too early in the morning?
Below are 5 sure-fire ways to help
your child sleep at night and get healthy sleep
for all your family.
Sleep begets sleep
Naptime is one of the most important factors in
establishing healthy sleep at night. Babies and
children up to four years of age need a lot of
sleep. The better rested a child is during the
day the more accepting and expecting they will
be of sleep at night. If no limits and routine
are set during the day, you can’t expect
there to be any at night. Working on a consistent
nap schedule and long restorative naps are just
as important as working on sleeping through the
Bump up that bedtime?
An earlier bedtime is sometimes all that is required
to get your child sleeping through the night.
It also could help with bedtime battles and early
risers. You’ll get your nights back and
your baby will go down before he’s overtired.
While it may seem counter-intuitive, when babies
are put to bed too late they become overtired
and have a hard time accepting sleep and staying
asleep throughout the night.
Routines are the best route
A bedtime routine should be followed consistently.
You don’t have to do the exact same routine
every night. Following a similar pattern every
night will help prepare your little one for sleep.
Wake up to sleep associations
Sometimes parents can be the biggest obstacle
to their child getting adequate sleep. Sleep associations,
like rocking and nursing to sleep become a problem
because your baby needs YOU to recreate the environment
in which they fell asleep. I’m not saying
it’s a bad idea to rock or cuddle your baby.
Give them a lot of love and cuddles. But when
rocking your child all night long, or nursing
your child every time they stir is preventing
both of you from getting the sleep you need, it’s
a problem. The key is to have your child learn
to fall asleep the same way they will wake up
throughout the night, on their own. Put your child
to bed drowsy, but not asleep. Stop. Wait. Listen.
You may surprise yourself when they fall back
asleep on their own.
Consistency is key
No matter what method you choose or how you schedule
your routine, please remain consistent. I can’t
stress that enough. Consistency is key! Once you
have carved out your schedule and implemented
it, your best chance to success is to stick with
You also have a better chance of
remaining consistent if you choose a method that
you are comfortable with, and that follows your
parenting philosophy. This makes it less likely
that you’ll quit half way through. Be patient
and with time and consistency, your kids will
learn how to get the healthy sleep the need.
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