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Calm sleep at night baby

But, unfortunately, the reality is often far from the standards established by experts.And if your restless kid does not fit into the scope of certain experts do not think that it is something wrong, but simply help him learn to sleep.And learn the details in the article entitled "Quiet baby sleep at night."

  • Make sleep a priority

When placing a baby to sleep, remember how important for the development and growth of the baby sleep quality and duration.Studies show that in children who do not get enough sleep, largely produced stress hormone - cortisol.And the presence in the blood of the child threatens to frequent nighttime awakenings.That vicious cereals sleep deprivation - a stress hormone - lack of sleep.Therefore, make sure that your baby is more likely to rest, because of good sleep depends on brain activity, attention, behavior and ability to learn.Watch the behavior of the child, over which he shows signs of drowsiness: pohnykivaet, yawns, tert eyes.These precursors can help you to react in

time and do not miss the most favorable time for sleep.

  • Prepare for bed

transition from wakefulness to sleep may not be instantaneous, as if a light bulb switched off.Start preparing for bed in advance.Will these simple procedures, massage and bath.While bathing dim the lights, talk with crumbs soft, low voice.Wipe the baby's smooth stroking movements like doing it a gentle massage.After three weeks of "exercise" your baby will fall asleep much faster, and nocturnal awakening will occur less frequently.So, during the day there will be less whims.

is important to lay the baby in the crib when he is awake, not when he was asleep.If a child falls asleep while his breastfeed or pump in a cradle, or bottle fed, in the end, he will get used to, and can not normally fall asleep without such "aids".The earlier you teach your baby to fall asleep on their own, the sooner he will learn to calm down after a night awakenings without your help.Try to move the last feeding of the child to the top of the preparatory procedures bedtime.Thus, rather than fall asleep in your arms, it will be to go to bed after you change a diaper him.Sit next to sing a song crumbs - your voice, your breathing to calm him down and help you sleep.Perhaps the first time the baby will protest, but still adhere to the "learning" mode, and eventually the kid will get used to it a sequence of actions.If you begin to accustom the time, the child will not have time to consolidate the "wrong" habits related to sleep, and it will be easier to normalize his sleep.Do not iron and do not touch the baby during sleep, even if it looks "like an angel" or do you think he is comfortable enough.Leave all the expressions of love and affection for the period of wakefulness, because it is a mutual process, the child should also participate in it, and thus distracted from sleep.

  • night feeding

While there is a small three months, be prepared to stand up to him from 3 to 5 times a night.But gradually the number of night feedings must be reduced.Children who receive several feedings during the night, eat less than usual during the daytime and at night hungry, wake up.As a result, you have a few times during the night to get up to give the baby the breast or bottle.Once you start to cut down the number of night feedings, you ensure that the child will have more to eat during the day and wake up from stop hunger.But it is fair to note that children who are breastfed more often wake up at night.When feeding breast milk hunger comes first, because breast milk is digested more efficiently.In addition, the contact with the breast may be necessary to the kid was able to relax and sleep.Infants who are given the breast, so that they fell asleep, most likely to have difficulty in sleeping.If the baby fell asleep while feeding, gently wake him and then went to bed.

What if ...

1) The child insists on another tale or song of the night.

Be loving but firm.Install a ritual: Reading fairy tales, song, hug, wish good night - and stick to it.If the baby will protest and demand story, remind them that you have agreed to read fairy tales at bedtime rather than in the middle of the night.Ask the baby what happened, if he had some more important requests.

2) The child gets out of bed immediately, as soon as you leave the room.Soothing treatments at bedtime to help prepare your child to sleep, both physically and psychologically.If, however, your efforts have not yielded the desired results, take the baby back to bed and firmly say, "Now we need to sleep."Just do not fall into the trap, constantly pounding the naughty child in a crib, because he can take it as a game.

3) Scarce wakes up at sunrise and begins to wake you up.

Minimize glare of light and noise in the baby's room.This can help with blackout curtains and soundproof windows.You can also experiment with the schedule of bedtime.The reason for the early lifts can serve later to fall asleep, and the lack of normal daytime sleep or too large gaps between day and night sleep.If your baby wakes up at five in the morning, put it early in the evening.

5) to massage

researchers argue that children who do massage before going to bed, sleep a lot better.The level of stress hormone they also lower and increased melatonin content.If you are not confident in their abilities as a children's masseur, apply baby oil baby's skin and is easy to pat him on the back, hands and feet;it is sure to bring fruit.

6) Increase sleep

Whatever may seem a brilliant idea that the later the child falls asleep, the less he will wake up, in fact, put him at 10 pm, you will only aggravate the problem of nighttime awakenings.According to the circadian (daily) biorhythms of the body the baby is programmed to feel drowsy and fall asleep at first sight very early - between 18.30 and 19.30.If you miss it suitable for sleep "window", the body starts to fight with the accumulated fatigue, developing appropriate incentives chemicals.As a result, the nervous system of the child is overexcited, and he will be much more difficult to fall asleep and not wake up at night.If you find that the 18.30 - a little "too much" if the parents day at work, try to assign a "lights out" at 8-9 pm.

7) Without light

Try to eliminate all sources of light, from which the crumb can wake up.Even the smallest amount of light prevents the production of melatonin in the body of the baby, so make sure that the room was dark.But very anxious and fearful children can use dim lights or leave the light in the back room and keep the door ajar to the nursery.Do not use the light from the screen for a computer or television.

  • For each age

There are a good age for training a good sleep and age where it is weak.The older the child becomes, the more it is full of new knowledge, skills, experiences and, if the mechanism of sleep is not debugged, will sleep restlessly.

  • 0-2,5 months

not feel the difference between day and night, they have not produced a sufficient amount of melatonin.Require frequent feeding at night.

  • 3-4 months

Infants set the sleep cycle, they are easier to fall asleep and calmer, less anxious.4.5-5.5 months Scarce begins to "coo" and actively tries to enter into contact with you.Good point for the emergence of bedtime rituals.

  • 6-8 months

kids are more interested in toys, and may have some time to occupy themselves.Night waking is not as noisy as before, and soothe the baby can be easier and faster.

  • 9-11 months

child may be more trouble, because the first time realizes that you're not part of it, as a separate entity.To make sure that you close, it can several times a night to call you cry, but quickly calmed down, if he hears your voice.

  • 12-16 months

At this age, the baby is focused on the development of speech and physical skills, it is not tied to the parents.Use this time to normalize his sleep.

  • 17-21 month

During this period, the child is between the need for independence and the desire to remain in a state of infantile dependence, which makes him feel vulnerable and anxious.At this stage it is better to refrain from habituation to the "right" dream.

And the older children?

child may wake up in the night and something to coo, to ask for some water or try to move to your bed.The dream - one of the most vulnerable areas of a child's life, so if the outer or inner life is something with which the mind can not cope, can disrupt the process of falling asleep, and sleep becomes shallow and intermittent.Now we know what should be a peaceful sleep at night baby.

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