Useful Tips on Setting Sleep Schedule for Babies
If there is one thing that babies need which is as important as nourishment it is sleep. It was long proven that it is during sleep when growth happens and it doesn’t just happen regularly, growth doubles during sleep. That is why Doctors and Pediatricians always advice the new moms and dads to let their baby sleep and not play with them all the time.
The problem however lies on the fact that babies are awakened very easily. A sudden loud noise could wake them up and cut sleep short. And while they fall asleep again fast, the damage has been done; the sleep interruption has been made. So as parents, what are the things that you can do in order to help your child gain maximum growth potential at such an early age? Find ways to let the baby sleep completely with as little interruptions as possible.
One way to do this is to develop a sleeping pattern or a bedtime routine for your baby. Setting sleep schedules for babies is one of the more interesting chores to do for both mom and dad. This would help your baby a lot especially if it will be followed with zest and dedication by, not the baby, but the parents themselves. Because most of the time it is the parents that lose track of time especially when they are having so much fun with their little tot.
So, how do you set sleep schedules then?
First, you have to observe your baby’s sleeping pattern at the moment and work from there. Take note of the time when he takes a nap and when he really falls asleep. Base your sleeping time on that pattern and try to work on it and not try to change it for your own convenience. If you have understood his sleeping pattern, then you can now move on to the next step: making the room cozy and susceptible for sleep.
Although it may seem like babies can fall asleep anytime they want and everywhere they can, it would largely make a difference if the place were very conducive for sleep. This will not only make his quality of sleep better, it will also program his mind that when he is in this place, he needs to sleep. This would come handy if your baby tends to stay active even during his sleeping time. Setting the right room temperature, making the room dimly lit, and putting a soothing background music like wave splashes and chirping birds will cut the job in half. If you do not have these, then any music that is repeatedly done like the humming of the air conditioner or fan will still do the trick. All these factors could make one complete sleeping environment for your child.
Third. Contrary to common beliefs, you should not let your baby oversleep. If it is time for feeding or if sleeping time is done, you need to wake the baby up. This is fairly important so as to establish a fixed sleeping schedule. If you allow the baby to oversleep, chances are he will miss his next sleeping schedule and will have a domino effect on his other schedules. But considerations have to be given during times when the baby is not feeling well, or if he just came from a very tiring activity like excessive playing.
Fourth. Be sure your baby is well-fed before putting him to bed. This would prevent the baby from waking up in the middle of his sleep just because he is hungry. Remember, the goal here is to have a sleeping pattern with as little interruptions as possible.
These are some of the things that you, as parents, can do to establish a good sleeping pattern for your child. Just remember to watch out for changes in his sleeping patterns because babies change patterns a lot. Roll with the changes and adapt along the way and do not force your baby to stick to only one pattern because you have been accustomed to it or is very convenient for you. Remember that it is us, the parents, who needs to adjust not them.