|Baby Sleep Tips - Feeding During The Day by Brandon C. Hall
Every parent of a newborn will inevitably deal with many
sleepless nights. Babies, of course, have many needs, and when they awake
in the night they will cry for their mothers. One of your most important
tasks as a parent is to establish good sleeping habits in your child. Every
baby must go through a transition where he adjusts from sleeping with his
mother to sleeping on his own. This is a natural transition of course,
and takes some time, but there are things you can do to expedite the process.
Not only will this help your child develop better sleep habits, it will
allow you to get some much needed rest.
Many baby sleep tips exist, and every parent would be
well advised to research many different baby sleep tips. It is important
to keep in mind, however, that no baby sleep tip should be considered hard
and fast rules. As a parent, your instincts know best, and when you are
in doubt in regards to baby sleep tips remind yourself of this fact. Many
first time parents experience insecurity in terms of whether their decisions
and strategies are correct, and while you shouldn't be uninformed, you
should always view baby sleep tips through the lens of your own parental
Now, one thing you should consider when trying to get
your newborn to sleep better at night is what his feeding habits are. Oftentimes
the child will be active and otherwise busy during the day, and won't be
doing a lot of feeding. The problem with this, of course, is that he will
then wake you repeatedly thought the night for feedings. A good technique,
then, for getting your baby to sleep better at night is to "tank up" during
the day. Try feeding every three hours during the day. This will not only
ensure that you child's appetite is satisfied for the night, but will create
an important association: you want your child to associate feeding with
the daytime. If your child does wake up in the night for a feeding, try
to get him to do one full feeding the first time he wakes up. If you don't
do this, you encourage him to "snack" throughout the night - i.e. wake
you up every couple hours.
Again, it is important to understand these baby feeding
tips should not be taken as hard and fast rules, but rather as guidance.
In a general way, you want to create both daytime and sleep associations
for your child. You want him to associate feeding and play with something
that happens during the day, and lullabies and baths as something that
happens at night, before bed. By doing this you ease the transition between
sleep and wakefulness, which is the ultimate goal in terms of putting your
child to bed easily. If, however, your child doesn't want to feed every
three hours, don't force him. Similarly, don't force a full feeding when
you wake him at night. Rather, think of the bigger picture: by creating
general habits and associations for your child, you will ensure a hasty
and healthy sleep development.
About the Author
Brandon C. Hall maintains Free
Info Blog which contains many articles and resources on baby
sleep tips as well as many other topics.