Bad nights and sleep is a problem that all parents must deal with as their children enter the world, except for some lucky parents who have babies and young children who sleep often from the first moment. Many parents face problems when trying to get their children to sleep.
When raising babies and toddlers, the main goal is usually to get the child to sleep through the night. Although young babies need to wake up several times during the night to eat, by the time the child reaches 9 to 12 months of age, sleeping through the night becomes a reasonable expectation, especially when they begin to eat pureed solid foods and have more food in their little bodies.
However, just as children reach the stage of being able to physically sleep through the night, a young child’s emotional need for independence and autonomy can cause problems. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to encourage your child to sleep and fall asleep without any conflict or crying at night .
KEEP THE CHILD BUSY
Keep your child busy during the day. If your child has not been physically active, he will have too much energy built up at night and it will be more difficult for him to fall asleep quickly.
WATCH YOUR CHILD AT NIGHT
Every night, you will have to observe your child to identify when he is sleepy and what are the signs that indicate it. A consistent time for bed should be established based on this observation. Don’t wait for your child to get too tired and in a bad mood to start sleeping … because then it will cost much more to get it.
EVALUATE THE SLEEP ENVIRONMENT
You will have to evaluate the sleeping environment that your child has . The area should be dark, quiet, and kept at a comfortable temperature. You should make sure that your child’s sleepwear is comfortable and suitable for the climate you are in right now.
ESTABLISH A ROUTINE
You will need to establish a bedtime routine that ideally lasts no more than 20 minutes. You can choose relaxing activities like reading, singing, or bathing during this time. You’ll need to make sure that once you’ve established a routine, you stick with it and don’t constantly change it. Consistency is important for your 18- month-old to learn what to expect at any given time.
CHOOSE THE DREAM
Allow your child to choose within his nightly sleep routine, for example, which pajamas to wear or which song to sing. Giving your child a chance to speak his mind will give him a sense of structured independence, something that will make him feel good, safe, protected, and respected.
WHAT IF YOU WAKE UP A LOT AT NIGHT?
If your child wakes up a lot during the night, or just wakes up, don’t turn on the lights or get him out of bed. Remind him that it is still time to sleep and give him some petting. You can even sing him a song until he falls asleep again.
There are times when children do well to have an object of attachment in bed, such as a sleeping blanket or a stuffed animal … this will be associated with going to bed and they will be able to sleep without much trouble. Give him the item when you start your sleep routine and put it away when he wakes up in the morning. Never use going to bed as a punishment, if your child associates negativity or having problems with his bed, then sleeping well can become a real problem.
In addition, you have to make sure that your child’s bed is in a safe place, away from any person or heater. Remove excess blankets or toys from her bed , as these can pose a choking hazard and if she is older, she could play with them.