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Not Creating the Right Environment
Most parents decorate a nursery to be youthful and fun, but don’t really understand that the environment will affect sleep quality. Avoid harsh colors, and choose lighting with a dimming option. A wall water fountain is highly recommended because the sound is soothing and the moving water cleans the air. Plus, it will act as a noise barrier, so your little one won’t wake up just because you sneeze in the next room. You can get a nice one at online stores like LuxeWaterWalls.com.
Babies and toddlers often show sleep cues that tell you when their natural sleep window has arrived. Yawning, eye rubbing, fussing, whining, loss of interest in play, and slowed activity are examples. During the sleep window, the child’s body produces calming melatonin. If you miss it, the adrenal glands produce cortisol, which is a stimulating, stress-related hormone that gives him a second wind that is often accompanied by a little crankiness.
Creating and Relying on Sleep Crutches
A newborn very well may need you to rock, sway, walk, swing, sing, etc., to help him fall asleep. Experts suggest that when this continues past three or four months it becomes a crutch. It is recommended to put your baby to bed while drowsy, yet still awake, so they are actually falling asleep without the crutch from the beginning.
Straying From a Sleep Schedule
Your child’s inner clock will adapt to the sleep schedule you create. When you stray away you essentially mess it up. When a schedule is consistent the child will get sleepy around the same time every day. If you are inconsistent, your child will feel like you would flying back and forth between time zones every day.
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