Many parents complain that the child does not want to sleep in his own crib, preferring to sleep with his mother or in the parent’s bed. What tricks are worth knowing in order to improve the sleep of the crumbs, gradually accustom the baby to fall asleep peacefully and sleep all night in his own separate place?
The role of the mother in sleep rituals
It is very convenient for nursing mothers to share a bed with a baby. But it would be a good idea to let the baby sleep in his own crib to reduce the chances of sudden infant death syndrome. The sleep of the crumbs in his own bed or cradle (if it is just a baby) also gives him independence. If a child is used to sleeping next to his parents, teaching him to sleep in a crib is not always easy.
Often, a young mother worries about whether it is safe for the baby to sleep in a separate bed. Experts say — yes, children can sleep in their own crib. Pediatricians say that both co-sleeping with your mother and falling asleep in your own bed are perfectly acceptable rituals. If the mother takes strong drugs, is very tired, she needs rest, then it will be better if the child sleeps in her own bed, and the mother takes him to her for feeding.
When can a baby sleep in a crib?
The child can sleep in his own crib from birth. If parents want to stay close to their baby, they can put them in a crib in their bedroom. Experts recommend cribs for daytime and nighttime sleep of newborns and older children, and not sofas and parental beds. For babies, this can be a cradle or cradle, as the child grows up — a bed with rods or sides so that the baby does not fall out of it during sleep.
Teaching a child to sleep independently in a crib is a gradual process that involves the use of certain methods. Parents, by trial and error, select the most effective methods specifically for their situation.
Crib and baby: the beginning
As soon as parents get a crib, you need to introduce the child to it, allowing the baby to spend time in it. You can put the baby in the crib for a while during the day, let him sit or play with his toys in the crib, but dedicate a certain time to this throughout the day. In addition, parents should immediately limit the time of playing in the crib, as the child must associate it with a place to sleep.
If the baby is old enough to understand the words, parents can use verbal cues to explain that this is a new crib. This may interest the baby, stimulate the desire to try it out. Parents should initially use a baby crib for daytime sleep. The crib should have a firm mattress but no pillows, toys, or blankets. As soon as the baby begins to feel sleepy, you need to put him in the crib. If you calculate the time correctly, then the baby will barely understand that he is sleeping in a new place.
Daytime naps should be around the same time each day. It is important to follow the regime so that there are no problems with falling asleep. As soon as the baby adapts to sleeping in his crib, practice is needed and a ban on sleeping anywhere but in his place.
Night sleep in your place
To organize a night’s sleep in the crib, you need to start with sleep rituals. These may include taking a warm bath, then reading a book, and then possibly breastfeeding. These daily repeated actions signal to the child that it is time to go to bed. If sleep rituals have been developed before, they should continue as usual with the advent of their own bed.
After the preparatory activities, you need to put the child in the crib so that he falls asleep. It is important to know that the child needs time, sometimes several days, for the baby to get used to the fact that his sleep will always take place in the crib. You can stay with him in the room while he falls asleep. As soon as the baby gets used to this, you can put him in the crib for a night’s sleep and slowly leave.
Useful tips for parents
Pediatricians say that parents should not share a bed with a child, but they can sleep in the same room. So, you can put a crib in the bedroom, preferably next to the bed so that the child can see the parents, and vice versa.
Having a baby crib in the same room as the parents can solve a lot of problems. For example, children with separation anxiety will no longer worry, as they can see from the crib that their parents are nearby. Sleeping in a crib next to a parent’s bed also gives babies a sense of security. It is also convenient to quickly calm the child if he wakes up in the middle of the night.
Once the parents have set the sleep schedule in the crib, you need to use it only for sleeping in any situation — whether it is daytime, evening or night sleep, even when the child is tired and he just needs to lie down, you need to put him in the crib.
Using a crib is much safer than using a sofa, parent’s bed or other places, and it keeps the baby healthy.
What to do if the child refuses to sleep in the crib?
It is impossible to say how long it will take the child to adjust to sleep in a new place. It depends on how well the baby responds to the change of place and the behavior of the parents. Some children adjust quickly, while others may take three to four weeks.
If the child continues to resist sleeping in the crib, you need to reconsider your actions, assessing what is being done wrong. For example, if a mother allows a child to sleep in her arms or next to her for several daytime naps, this can disrupt sleep patterns in the crib. If you do not follow the sleep schedule, this can also lead to whims.
Make your bed a comfortable place to sleep. You need to maintain room temperature in the nursery, use a humidifier to make it easier to breathe. Making a comfortable crib can help your baby feel better. If the child is not feeling well or has just recovered, immediately after the move, it is worthwhile to wait with accustoming the crumbs to a new crib.
Teaching a baby to sleep in a crib is a chain of consistent daily activities. Babies eventually develop the habit of sleeping in their crib both night and day.