One of the goals that most mothers work toward is a happy and content baby. There are many mothers who struggle with knowing why their baby is fussy.
Many times it all comes down to this: baby is not getting enough restful sleep. Think about what happens to adults when they do not get the full eight hours of sleep in a night.
Adults become short tempered and agitated easily. There are other physical symptoms that occur when adults don’t get enough sleep, like headaches and listlessness.
When thinking about getting your baby to sleep through the night, it is important to remember that baby needs even more sleep than an adult, or the symptoms that adults feel will likely be experienced by an infant as well.
Babies and children tend to need 10-12 hours of sleep at night, as well as naps during the day. The most important part of getting your baby to sleep through the night is having a flexible routine and sticking with it every day.
Important Points to establishing a routine for Baby
Begin Each Day Around the Same Time
When establishing a routine for baby, take into consideration a typical day for mom and dad. If dad gets up to go to work at 6 am, it is likely that baby will want to be up as well. Begin the day for baby at about the same time every day to set the tone for the rest of the day.
Naps are Crucial
Many people believe that getting your baby to sleep through the night means that you have to keep them up during the day so they will be tired at night.
Actually, if a baby does not take a few naps during the day, they will become overtired, which will not facilitate a restful night’s sleep. Make sure to set the typical time of day in which the baby naps.
Monitor how long the nap is to make sure that the baby got enough sleep. A typical nap will usually be at least an hour, maybe even two.
Have a Bedtime Routine
A baby needs to feel soothed and comforted by mommy or daddy around bedtime. It will help baby to sleep if the same routine is used every night before laying baby down to sleep.
Getting your baby to sleep through the night will be a much smoother process if baby is aware of this routine and feels secure in it.
Lay Baby Down While Drowsy, but Not Asleep
Many people think that baby must be asleep before putting baby down in the crib. There have been recent studies that have proven that if a baby falls asleep with a parent that the child will wake up more frequently, and sleep one to two hours less in the night. A baby will sleep better if drowsy, but not asleep when placed in the crib.
Expect Some Fussing or Stirring
Many parents want to jump out of bed the second they hear baby cry. Remember that just like adults, babies move around when sleeping. Most adults toss and turn for a few minutes before falling asleep.
Babies do the same thing. When getting your baby to sleep through the night, remember that you do not have to attend to baby unless the baby is crying as though he needs something, like food or a diaper change.
Monitor Baby’s Cries
It is important that every mother, father, or caregiver knows the kinds of cries of baby. Because crying is the only language that a baby knows, it is crucial that every parent is aware of the different kinds of cries.
When thinking about getting your baby to sleep through the night, knowing the type of cry will help you facilitate whether you should check on baby, or just let him cry for a few minutes.
A baby will have a hungry cry, sleepy cry, pain cry, uncomfortable cry, and quite a few others. If aware of these cries, knowing how to respond is much simpler.
Getting your baby to sleep through the night is a goal to work toward. Remember that if it does not happen when you would like for it to happen that it does mean that you need to alter your parenting style, or try something new.
The routine will work as baby adjusts to it. Take into consideration any changes in baby’s life, and always make sure to error on the side of love. As a baby feels secure, that security will facilitate restful sleep.