It’s bedtime but your little one refuses to sleep, cries when you put him or her in the cot or just stays awake for a 2 more hours in the process of falling asleep. And after you have read out 3 books, sung 7 songs, cradled them, talked to them, and said good night 8 times, they fall asleep but within 2 hours have woken up again as if they had already slept 10 hours running. Has this happened to you? Do you want your little one to sleep independently? Here you have 10 tips from our baby sleep coach so you can start putting them into practice:
The number of sleep hours babies need depends on their age, and the younger they are, the more hours of day and night-time sleep they will need: That is why it is important to be aware of sleep needs at each stage of development because their awake time will change as they grow up.
Sleep routines are essential for babies to rest: a routine lasting approximately 30 minutes before bedtime every night allows babies to enter a period of calmness. By repeating it every day, babies will associate this routine with bedtime.
Daytime sleep is essential for night-time sleep: Some people believe that in order for babies to sleep through the night you have to make sure they don’t sleep during the day. However, daytime sleep allows little ones not to be overly tired at bedtime.
Teething or a cold need not put an end to nights of quiet sleep: Although these issues can affect your little one’s mood, it is possible for sleep routines to continue in place and for babies to be helped in this process without introducing new sleep aids.
What works for another baby may not work for your little one: When a baby arrives in a family, it is normal for everyone to start giving tips and voicing opinions as to how baby should be put to sleep or fed. Every baby is different and that is why it is important to learn to identify your baby’s needs.
Sleep is not an easy thing to handle, but it is very important for the development of all human beings. That is why awareness of babies’ sleep needs is the key to helping them get all the rest they need.