Sleep? What’s sleep? You probably cannot remember the last time you had a full night of sleep, right? Oh wait, yes you can! You were probably about three months pregnant and still basking in the glow of the idea of bringing a baby into the world. Well, sorry to say this article is not about you. It is about sleep mistakes made by parents. However, a healthier sleep routine for your child could translate to more sleep for you, so maybe this is about you, after all!Not Having a Bedtime RoutineThe most well-rested people tend to have a bedtime routine that allows them to relax their body and calm their mind. Children are no different. Getting your little one in relaxation mode before placing him in his crib will make a big difference. This could be a warm bath, dimming the lights while singing a lullaby, etc. The more consistent you are, the more effective the routine will be.
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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