Tip 2: How to teach infants to sleep independently
You will need
- - toys;
- - bath;
- - bed;
- - books.
By 3-6 months, develop a clear day regimen for your baby. Awakening, swaddling and bedding - everything must follow this schedule. Over time, the crumbs will develop the habit of falling asleep at the same time, making it easier to accustom him to sleep independently.
One and a half to two hours before bedtime, switch your baby to quiet games. Try to protect the baby from all that can excite him before bedtime. It is better if the toys with which the peanut plays at bedtime will be familiar to him: there are plenty of new impressions for the whole day and so on.
By your actions, contribute to ensuring that the child develops a proper attitude towards the bed: do not feed the baby in it and do not play with it there. Cot should be associated withbabywith a dream.
Even if you rock the baby, put him in a bed not sleeping, but falling asleep. Put the baby and move away from his field of view, let him fall asleep in the crib alone. Over time, independent sleep will become the norm for the baby.
If after you put the baby in the crib, he begins to cry, try to calm him down, not taking him in your arms: stroke him, sing the lullaby, kiss him ... But as soon as he calms down, put him back.
In the first months of life, babies sleep better if their upper part of the head rests against a rolled up diaper or a back of a cot covered with a blanket. If at the same time, next to the head of the baby, put her mother's (worn) clothes, the baby will feel the presence of her mother's smell. All this acts on the baby soothingly and reminds him of sensations in the womb. Create baby-friendly conditions for sleep.
Develop a “ritual of falling asleep” and try to stick to it every day. The following sequence is recommended for infants: a warm soothing bath - a relaxing massage - a diaper change - the last feeding before bedtime - a lullaby or a short fairy tale.Repeat these actions every day and within a week or two the tot will get used to the ritual: he will set himself up to sleep and fall asleep faster.
Try to avoid a direct eye-to-eye look before going to bed, emotional contact does not contribute to falling asleep.
Infants have a special need to feel the warmth of the mother - they feel protected and in complete safety next to their mother. Therefore, if the crumb categorically refuses to fall asleep himself, do not insist. Have patience, the baby will grow up and everything will change.
- How to teach a child to fall asleep independently.
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