How to teach a child to fall asleep on his own: tips for parents

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The­o­ret­i­cal­ly, all chil­dren can fall asleep on their own from birth, but in prac­tice, for most par­ents, putting their child to sleep is a seri­ous prob­lem. Mean­while, for a healthy night and day­time rest, it is use­ful to send the baby to bed with­out whims, per­sua­sion and oth­er unnerv­ing cir­cum­stances.

What prevents a child from falling asleep

The fol­low­ing rea­sons often pre­vent chil­dren from falling asleep on their own.

    Age features — infants themselves, accustomed to receiving breasts at the first request, cannot fall asleep. Older children, who have already been taught to fall asleep with their mother, also do not perceive the new rules well and are capricious.
    Overexcitation — outdoor games right before bedtime, watching scary movies, punishment from mom, any nervous situation can make it impossible for a child to fall asleep on his own.
    Illness — a cold, abdominal cramps, cutting teeth can interfere with a baby’s sleep.
    Acquired habits — babies quickly get used to comfortable falling asleep in their mother’s arms, rocking, nipple and do not want to sleep in other conditions.

Only after elim­i­nat­ing all these fac­tors, you can accus­tom the child to fall asleep on his own.

Laying babies

Laying babies

The baby can fall asleep in the arms of the moth­er dur­ing feed­ing. If after that he is trans­ferred to the crib, then, upon wak­ing up, the child may be fright­ened of a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion and burst into tears. There­fore, it is bet­ter to sep­a­rate food and sleep — first feed, then put in a crib and wait until he falls asleep.

If the baby is wor­ried, cry­ing, then you can calm him down in your arms, but do not rock him, and then put him back to bed.

Retrain­ing the baby will require endurance and patience from the moth­er. At the time of sleep, the baby must be swad­dled so that he does not wake him­self up with chaot­ic move­ments of his arms and legs and is not fright­ened.

Some chil­dren them­selves refuse motion sick­ness when they begin to crawl and walk. They begin to strive for inde­pen­dence. They break out of their moth­er’s arms and may seek to fall asleep on their own.

It is nec­es­sary to put chil­dren accord­ing to the regime at 21:00–22:00 from the first year of life. Oth­er­wise, then he will get used to going to bed late. Retrain­ing to sleep accord­ing to the reg­i­men is much more dif­fi­cult.

Bedding older babies

Bedding older babies

A child who is not accus­tomed to falling asleep on his own from infan­cy caus­es a lot of trou­ble for his moth­er. This is espe­cial­ly true for capri­cious and excitable chil­dren. Some­times par­ents try to put their chil­dren to bed at a time when they are not tired at all, are busy play­ing and are not going to sleep. Adults can be advised to devel­op a dai­ly rou­tine for the baby and gen­tly but per­sis­tent­ly teach the child to fol­low it. After some time, the child’s body will adjust to reg­u­lar activ­i­ties and the process­es of awak­en­ing, feed­ing and falling asleep will take place in accor­dance with bio­rhythms.

The dai­ly rou­tine should not be too strict. If there are guests in the house or the baby slept for a long time dur­ing the day, night sleep can be shift­ed so as not to pro­voke whims and tears.

Putting to bed should be pre­ced­ed by a cer­tain rit­u­al that pre­pares the baby for sleep. It is nec­es­sary to avoid active games, noisy fuss and run­ning around, watch­ing TV. Par­ents can offer a board game, look­ing at pic­tures, read­ing a calm fairy tale.

An evening bath also has a calm­ing effect, relax­es the baby and sets up for rest. You can add herbal infu­sion to the water.

The chil­dren’s room should be qui­et, the cur­tains drawn, the night light turned on. Chil­dren are often afraid of the dark, and a night light will not only soothe, but also dri­ve away chil­dren’s fears.

After 1 year, when the baby learns to walk well, 2 ver­ti­cal bars can be removed on the front side of his crib. So he will be able to get out of the crib him­self, take a bot­tle, drink and fall asleep on his own again in his crib. You just need to show him how to get out and climb back not over the side, but through a new “entrance”.

Until the child learns to fall asleep on his own, the moth­er can sit next to the crib, hold her hand, whis­per affec­tion­ate words in her ear. You can put your favorite plush toy next to the pil­low.

To avoid the whims and resis­tance of the baby, the moth­er must observe the char­ac­ter­is­tic sig­nals. When the baby begins to rub his eyes, yawn, stretch, you can start prepar­ing him for bed.

The child will be eas­i­er to put to bed if he thinks that the rest of the fam­i­ly is also going to bed and there will be noth­ing inter­est­ing in the house. There­fore, the apart­ment should be fair­ly qui­et. Absolute silence is unde­sir­able, in this case, any sud­den sound can wake up and scare the baby. A qui­et monot­o­nous sound or qui­et calm music will teach the child to sleep in any con­di­tions, which will help him lat­er in kinder­garten.

A prop­er­ly orga­nized dai­ly rou­tine helps to fall asleep quick­ly and eas­i­ly. If the baby is over 1 year old, and he sleeps once a day, then in the first half of the day there should be a walk with out­door games — so that the child runs, gets tired and falls asleep imme­di­ate­ly after din­ner. Par­ents will be helped to take the baby for a walk with a ball, a jump rope, a bicy­cle, a scoot­er, sports grounds, hor­i­zon­tal bars and labyrinths.

When the baby does not sleep until 15:00–16:00, and then falls asleep until about 18:00, it will be extreme­ly dif­fi­cult to put him to bed at night. It is impor­tant that the child goes to sleep no lat­er than 13:00–14:00 hours. Then in the evening the baby him­self, with­out whims, will fall asleep sim­ply from fatigue.

In the sum­mer it is use­ful to walk 2 times a day. In the evening, out­door games are also impor­tant. But after 18:00 hours, it is bet­ter to play calm games in the sand­box, role-play­ing games or games of low mobil­i­ty. This will calm the baby, allow you to tune in to a night’s sleep.

What Not to Do to Parents

It is strict­ly for­bid­den to yell at a child and slap on the ass, putting him to bed. He will not under­stand what he is doing wrong, will burst into tears and will be afraid to fall asleep in the crib. The process of falling asleep will be more and more delayed, the baby will run away from the crib under any pre­text.

Some breast­feed­ing moth­ers sleep with the new­born all night for the first months. It is con­ve­nient for mom, no need to get up, go any­where. But then accus­tom­ing a child to sleep sep­a­rate­ly from his moth­er in his bed becomes a prob­lem, the solu­tion of which stretch­es for months, and some­times for years.

It’s eas­i­er for the first months to put the baby’s crib next to yours, and get up to him for feed­ing. If the baby falls asleep in the bed of the par­ents, then he needs to be trans­ferred to his crib. So he will get used to sleep­ing sep­a­rate­ly.

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While accus­tom­ing the baby to the new rules, you should be patient and act method­i­cal­ly and con­sis­tent­ly. The most impor­tant advice in this case is to start putting your­self to bed as ear­ly as pos­si­ble.

By Yraa

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