Get the Kids Sleep: Babies
Until about 6 months after birth, no babies sleep regularly. Newborn babies sleep about 16 to 17 hours in a day with 1- 2 hours each. Despite the fact that every baby has her own sleep need; waking up during the bedtime and go back to sleep soon are common causes find in a 6 months baby. The following efforts can help the babies get better sleep at nights.
- Keep the babies calm during the night; do not stimulate to wake them up when they fed or changed.
- Make the playtime and talking time longer at the day.
- Let the babies fall asleep by putting them on the bed when they are drowsy.
- Do not respond to the babies’ fussing right away; wait for a while and see if they can settle their own problems. See if there are something bothers them, like they are hungry, for example.
Get the Kids Sleep: Toddlers
The tips below maybe can help mommies who find it difficult to put their toddlers and preschoolers to sleep.
- Help your child understand that the bedtime is coming soon by creating a quiet routine before bedtime. Read a story or listen to slow music can be done. Do not create games that make them too excited.
- Make the exact bedtime every day. It helps them build healthy sleep habits.
- Let the babies sleep with their favorite things. However, make sure that the teddy bear, blankets, or their favorite toys are free from substance that might harm them.
- Make the babies comfortable; set the room as they wish, i.e. put drinking water near to them, let the light on, or let the door slightly open.
- Make them accustomed with sleeping alone by letting them sleep in a different bed from the mommies.
- Again, do not respond to the babies’ fussing right away. Instead, do the followings. First, give them a chance to fall asleep. Second, keep the light off or spend too much time with them, so they find it difficult to go back to their sleep. Third, gradually, reassure them verbally to respond to their mess. The last remind them that it is the bedtime any time they call.
- Gradually, help the children develop healthy sleep pattern.