Life with a newborn baby is anything but easy. The most tiring task is putting your little one to bed. As time progresses, you both seem to fall into a routine. You get a better understanding of your child’s sleeping pattern and try your best to stick to a specific routine, after all, you know you look forward to some time alone once the baby sleeps.
As the baby gets older and more active, his/her routine also changes. It’s not necessary for a baby to stick to a specific pattern, each month brings new development and newly achieved milestones. Now you are busier than ever, whether it’s feeding time, changing time, bath time or running after your baby once they start to crawl. All of this takes a toll on your physical and mental health.
With so much going on a daily basis, you try to scrape through the day making sure you don’t ignore your child’s needs. As the day ends and night time approaches, you are met with the hardest task of the day:
PUTTING YOUR BABY TO SLEEP
Now, every baby has his/her own sleeping pattern. Some sleep relatively early whereas others are night owls. I mean face it, if your baby co-sleeps, how in the world can you put him/her to bed at 8pm? Our ‘chill’ time starts at 10 pm, how we will we get some ME time? The answer to this question is that:
You are a mom! You need to fix a routine that benefits both you and the baby.
Why should your baby sleep early?
While sleeping, your baby undergoes a large amount of physical and mental development.
MYELIN, which is an essential layer of fat, forms around the nerve fibers. According to research, the connections between the left and right hemispheres of the child’s brain are strengthened. These developments are crucial because they mature brain functions such as language and impulse control. While sleeping, the brain activity directly affects development. Put in simpler words, sleep is necessary for your child’s brain to develop.
How you can make it easier for your baby to fall asleep:
First and foremost, you need to acknowledge the importance of sleep for your child. Studies have shown how kids with better sleep schedules perform better than those who sleep less.
Learn to identify the ‘sleepy’ cues that your child displays when he/she is sleepy. They can range from being fussy, rubbing eyes or pulling on ears.
Avoid screen time:
Before sleeping, make sure to limit screen time whether it’s television or mobile phones.
Avoid giving any food items that are sugary in order to avoid the before bed time battle.
These are a few steps that you can follow that will hopefully help you in your sleep time struggle. Remember that your child’s sleep is crucial for his/her early development. Don’t ever compromise on it.