- Exit crying and loneliness, make way for support and kindness
- Baby sleep: tips and tricks, but always with patience
- Revolutionary (or not), 2 methods to try to soften the nights
- As parents, don't forget yourself while your child sleeps
Exit crying and loneliness, make way for support and kindness
Baby sleep: tips and tricks, but always with patience
Concerning baby's sleep, if you already have a child you know, there is no miracle recipe. It's a bit like luck or whatever the direction of the wind. If you are expecting your first child, we might as well tell you one thing, the sleep of a 1 month old baby is different from the sleep of a 3 month old baby, as a baby's sleep can be disrupted after a vaccination or teething. . Some sleep through the night quickly while others take years to regulate their rest hours. Genetic or environmental, but also biological, factors can promote good sleep or, on the contrary, cause sleep disorders. Despite everything, there are some tips for sleeping well and promoting peaceful sleep in babies.
Nothing is more reassuring for your little baby than following a specific bedtime ritual with you every evening. In the first weeks of life, nighttime is perhaps the longest period of separation between you and your child. Of the reassuring habits such as going to bed at a set time, reading a story, a lullaby or bath time , can help you guide your baby towards a peaceful and restful sleep.
What could be more annoying than an overheated room, pajamas that are too hot or sheets that are too thick when they are unnecessary? Likewise, a room that is too bright or a night light that is too bright can disrupt your baby's ability to fall asleep. To help them fall asleep more easily and avoid waking up due to discomfort as much as possible, set the thermostat to 18°C and immerse the room in darkness .Did you know it? In Denmark (where temperatures in the best of summer rarely exceed 20°C), babies nap outdoors! On a balcony, in front of a café or in a park, it is not surprising to find strollers parked instead of scooters or bicycles. A habit that would have many virtues: easier falling asleep, longer and more flexible naps, immune system strengthened by the great outdoors...
For avoid waking up suddenly At the end of the first sleep cycle, place your awake child in bed as often as possible so that he falls asleep aware of his surroundings and the fact that he is alone in his bed .
A baby who is too tired can no longer rest because he is too nervous or excited. He only takes micronaps, is often in a bad mood, grumpy or prone to crying. He gets annoyed quickly. Contrary to what one might logically imagine, a baby who sleeps well during the day also sleeps well at night. While infants can sleep up to 20 hours a day , a 4-month-old baby's sleep time is 14 to 16 hours per day. At 6 months, a baby generally takes three daily naps, the last of which is late in the afternoon, often disappearing before a year. At the age of 3, many children only take a nap in the early afternoon.
A lullaby or classical music can help babies drift into sleep. Mozart and Beethoven would also be particularly effective in this matter. To create a calm and soothing environment, place the player far enough from the bed and set the volume very low to help baby relax. You can also test the white noise : raindrops, heartbeat or regular movements of the washing machine drum, but always with a soft volume and a muffled sound.
Plants have virtues that are interesting to exploit for the well-being of children. Are you breastfeeding? Before your evening feeding, treat yourself to a herbal tea made from verbena, lemon balm or linden who will have the merit of relax you and promote calmer sleep for your baby . From 3 months, you can add other plants such as Roman chamomile or orange blossom . As a herbal tea to let cool, or in the form of a hydrosol for a ready-to-use formula, they accompany baby with their calming or relaxing effect.
Between 9 and 18 months, we talk about separation anxiety. Between 2 and 5 years old, young children may have nightmares or be afraid of monsters and ghosts. This period also corresponds to several realizations. At this age, he or she also begins to confront others, particularly when going to school. These different changes — and many others — can create a feeling of anxiety or stress capable of impacting the quality of sleep . As a mother or parents, knowing them and anticipating them allows you to adjust different elements such as bedtime or the time needed for the story as well as your choice.
In the background, the fluctuations of life!
Revolutionary (or not), 2 methods to try to soften the nights
During your research about baby's sleep, you may have discovered that there are methods, praised by some parents and criticized by others, which would make it much easier to put children to sleep. So, big upheaval in your nights or status quo? Tell us !
Reassure baby with “Chrono-Dodo”
Observe your biological rhythm with the Pantley method
And the co-sleeping in all this?
Parents ! Don't forget yourself in your child's sleep
There should be no injunction, no “must”, no “you must” in these moments. Just precious listening and sweet moments whispered to the entrance of the heart to be irremediably engraved there.