The early months of a baby could be challenging for a parent. Newborns need everything to be done for them. They need frequent feeding and someone to check on them while they are sleeping.
Babies tend to sleep a lot! One-month-old babies can sleep for up to 20 hours. The number of hours of sleep reduces as the baby gets older. If you are not around when your baby wakes up, they will usually burst into tears. This forces parents to be around even when their babies are sleeping. Many parents are forced to at times stay awake during the night. This can tire them out.
It is a relief when babies grow older and can sleep on their own. If you wait for your baby to learn to sleep on his own, they may take up to two years! This might not seem possible but it is a reality for most parents.
How does training your baby to sleep help YOU?
Training your baby on how to sleep by himself can greatly improve both your lives. You will be able to go back to your job or do your household chores easily.
While younger children might not be able to control their sleeping patterns, older ones can effectively be trained. Research has shown that babies of about four months old respond to sleep training well.
In fact, waiting until they are older than this can get harder. This is because their brains are more developed and it will take them more time to develop new habits.
Before your baby can sleep in their own room, they need to learn to sleep on their own. If they wake up before time, they should go back to sleep on their own. If they can’t do this, you will have to rush to their room each time they wake up.
Before you teach the baby anything, remember that it will take time for them. Do not rush them. Repeat it several times till they get conditioned. Babies need to associate patterns to certain activities so as to fully understand them.
Before your baby can sleep in his own room, you need to teach him the basics of sleep training.
What does sleep training mean?
Sleep training simply refers to your babies ability to go to sleep on his own. You probably have to hold your baby in your arms every time you want them to sleep. Most parents assume that this is the only way for babies to sleep. While it may take a while for babies to learn this, it pays off in the long run.
Babies cry a lot when sleepy. They mostly do this because they know you will rush and pick them up. They love being in your comforting arms. If you let this form into a habit, your baby will find it difficult to sleep alone even when they are older. They will always want to be in your arms. You may know of two-year-old babies who can’t sleep alone.
When should a baby sleep in a crib in own room? Here are a few proven methods.
Using Febres method
Febre is a famous doctor. He discovered that babies associate certain activities for sleeping time. If you always hold them before they sleep, they will think that they need to be held to sleep. This is very common in babies.
Babies need a lot of sleep. They require a few naps every day. Making sure these naps are taken well is essential for their night sleep. Day naps should usually be followed by some time for feeding.
Due to their tiny stomachs, younger babies have to wake up at night to get fed. However, as they grow older, their stomach size increases and if they eat enough during the day, it can last them the night.
If your baby can sleep through the night, you will have an even easier time.
Set regular times for when you feed them. This should be when they wake up or a few hours before they sleep. Avoid feeding them immediately before sleep. Each time they wake up during the night, they will need to be fed.
They need to learn that they do not need food to sleep.
If they play a lot during the day, they will be very tired and may, therefore, sleep early. This may cause them to wake up too early the next day.
This is why day naps are important. They regulate the time the baby plays. You should make sure your baby has at least two-day naps.
Take it slow
Your baby needs to get used to the crib and their new room. Make his room friendly. During the day, let him play in it. This will make the room seem safe to him.
Place the crib in your room for a few days. Use the crib for day naps. Slowly start setting some days for him to sleep in his own room. You can even stay with him in his new room so he feels safe. This will make it easy when you decide to make the move permanent.
Whatever you decide to do, do not rush it. You can even reward your baby every time they sleep in their new room. While this may work do not depend too much on it since your baby will now want rewards for everything they do.
What if you have done all this and your baby still cries when you leave them alone? As a parent, you should be assertive.
Let them cry for a few minutes without going to pick them up. This will teach them to sleep on their own. However, don’t leave them for too long as this will scare them.
If this works, they will be able to go back to sleep on their own if they wake up at night.
As a parent, you should study your baby’s habits and decide as to when you should be putting them to sleep. The initial months will be problematic, but you must understand that a baby is new to the world. He/she needs to learn the daily pattern.
If you use the above-mentioned methods, the baby will surely learn to sleep in the crib as soon as you put him/her inside it.