|How to Get Baby to Sleep Through the Night
by: Wendy Owen
Much as we love them, babies can bring parents to their
knees when they wake frequently during the night.
Tired from a hard day at work, itís hard to get up in
the wee hours of the morning to soothe a crying baby who probably doesnít
realize heís supposed to be nice and quiet so the rest of the family can
get some rest!
So how do we cope with this situation? The first thing
to realize is that babies do wake frequently during the night as their
sleep cycles are shorter than ours. Most times we are unaware of this as
they often just close their eyes and go back to sleep again.
However if your familyís sleep is being disturbed all
the time, helping baby sleep through the night is priority number one!
Hereís some things to try.
Make sure he goes to bed at the same time every night
- In other words establish a baby sleep schedule. Babies & young children
find routines comforting, it makes them feel secure. Whether itís a bath,
a cuddle or a bedtime story, try to do the same things every night.
Donít put him down too late - Itís a fact that sleep deprived
babies wake more frequently. Let him have naps during the day when he seems
tired, this will help him sleep better at night.
Donít stimulate your baby in the evenings or close to
bedtime. He will find it harder to go to sleep and may wake up more often.
Make the hours before bed soothing and relaxing.
Give him a chance to go back to sleep on his own. Babies
will often do this if left for a few minutes. Falling back to sleep by
themselves establishes good sleeping habits. Of course if he becomes really
distressed you need to attend to him.
Is he too hot or too cold? Make sure the room is at a
comfortable temperature. A babyís room should also be dark and quiet for
him to sleep properly.
Make sure heís not sick. Babies can fall sick quite quickly.
If he has a cold, a stuffy nose could be making him restless.
Is he thirsty? Sometimes a drink of water will settle
him. Donít offer sugary drinks or milk if itís not his normal feed time.
Separation anxiety - Sometimes babies can wake up and
not realize youíre in the room next door. In this case just calling out
to him may suffice.
Night terrors and nightmares - They sound similar but
are actually quite different. Babies will wake up frightened after a nightmare.
They may act frightened when they are experiencing night terrors but are
not awake. In any case they need to be comforted.
Music soothes everyone, even animals! If you have a tape
or CD of lullabyes, this can work really well.
So try what works for you and your baby. Take a nap during
the day yourself if time permits. Donít worry if you get grumpy sometimes,
youíre not supposed to be perfect.
Just remember these trying times wonít last for ever.
If you have a happy baby during the day, youíre doing OK!
Copyright 2005 Wendy Owen
About The Author. Wendy Owen is a health researcher
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