Baby’s sound sleep is such a sleep when everyone feels good and comfortable – adults and children!
To schedule child’s sleep means to schedule healthy sleep of all family members.
The simplest thing in the above mentioned schedule is to buy a disposable quality diaper that, in fact, is the only friend of baby’s sleep.
Everything else is entirely in your hands. After all, sleep is closely linked to other aspects of lifestyle – nutrition, walks, air conditions, clothing, hygiene procedures, etc.
Proper nutrition; outdoor games; cleaning; bathing; soft, clean, and dry bed – all these take time, desire, knowledge, and skills.
Rule 1. Prioritize
The family is full, happy, and functional only when parents are able to sleep 8 hours a day.
Rule 2. Schedule sleep
From the moment of the baby’s birth his daily routine must be subordinated to the family’s daily routine.
Get ready for the night sleep beforehand, and prepare the child for it. Determine the time when baby’s night sleep begins, and let it be the time convenient for you! From 21 p.m. till 5 a.m.? From 23 p.m. till 7 a.m.? Have you chosen? Now, try to follow the schedule.
Rule 3. Decide where and with who the baby will sleep
Theoretically and practically there are three options:
• baby’s crib in the parents’ bedroom – ideal for the infants and acceptable up to three years of age;
• baby’s crib in the child’s bedroom – ideal for children older than one year;
• sleep in the same bed with the parents – a fashion that the majority of pediatricians do not appreciate and it isn’t related to the child’s sound sleep.
Rule 4. Do not be afraid to wake the sleepyhead
If you want your child to sleep well at night, do not let him sleep too much in the daytime. Why? Because the average children’s daily need for sleep is as follows: up to 3 months of age – 16-20 hours; 6 months – 14.5 hours; 12 months – 13.5 hours; 2 years – 13 hours; 4 years – 11.5 hours; 6 years – 9.5 hours; 12 years – 8.5 hours.
So, we all know that a six month old child sleeps approximately 14.5 hours per day. If we want to sleep peacefully 8 hours long through the night, no more than 6.5 hours are left then for the afternoon nap. And if you sleep for 9 hours at the daytime, then you will unlikely sleep 8 hours long during the nighttime.
Do not be afraid to wake your sleepyhead!
Rule 5. Optimize feedings
Within the first three months of life the child can eat 1-2 times at nighttime. At the age of 3-6 months baby will probably eat one time a night. After 6 months of age the child biologically doesn’t need night feedings.
The child may want to be taken in your arms, he may require communication, sucking, hissing, swinging and he will demand these more actively, longer and more often as the requirements are met.
Set the rules of the game once and for all. Can the baby use his mother not for feeding but to meet the need to suck? Is it possible for dad, who, by the way, will work tomorrow, to rock the baby for half a night and even sing at the same time? If you think that all these are possible – please, but you will have to forget about a healthy baby’s sleep.
Try to slightly underfeed the baby during the penultimate feeding and feed him as substantially as possible just before the night sleep. Remember: hunger – is not the only reason for crying, and don’t feed the baby every time he starts crying. Overfeeding is the main cause of abdominal pains and sleep disorders related to them.
Rule 6. Have a good day
Live an active life – walk, have a nap in the fresh air, encourage exploring the world and outdoor games. Physical activities (without extremism) surely promote sound child sleep.
Limitation of emotional activities in the evening effects sleep positively.
Rule 7. Think of the air in the bedroom
Pure, cool, and moist air in the bedroom is a mandatory rule. Ventilate the room. Do wet cleaning. Humidify the room. Use thermometer and hygrometer as well as regulators for heating radiators.
• The optimum room temperature is +18°C – +20°C, provided that it is the child’s room (i.e. the place where he not only sleeps but also lives); if it goes about the children’s bedroom, then the optimal temperature is +16°C – +18°C.
• The optimum relative humidity should be 50-70%.
Rule 8. Bathe the baby
Night bathing in a large tub in cool water is a great way for the baby to get physically tired, to get pretty hungry, then eat with appetite and sleep till the morning.
Massage and gymnastics before bathing, hygiene procedures and warm clothes afterwards – all these enhance the benefits of bathing.
Rule 9. Prepare the bed
The mattress must be thick and smooth – it shouldn’t sag under the baby’s body weight. No pillows up to two years of age. A pillow can be used after two years of age (standard sizes of an infant pillow is 40 x 60 cm, and its thickness should be approximately equal to the width of the child’s shoulders).
Use only linens made of natural fabrics, wash them with special children’s powders and rinse thoroughly.
Rule 10. Use quality diapers
Disposable diapers are the most effective things related to sleep a human has created. Disposable diapers can improve quality of the whole family’s sleep.
A good diaper for the night sleep is the law, it is the most affordable and easily implementable rule of 10 sound baby sleep rules.