Forming A Sleeping Pattern For Your Baby
Putting a baby to sleep was made possible by Pavlov’s dogs. If you have heard of Ivan Pavlov and his dogs experiment then you know and appreciate the conditioning benefits. The dog’s were taught that when the bell rang it was a cue to eat. With time the dogs adjusted to the fact that the every time the bell rang it was eating time. This might sound easy. The feeding cue for the dogs was the bell which they would react to accordingly once it rang. But, in this article the talk is not about dog rather babies.
The perception is similar it is only that we know that here it is the baby but thet training condition is similar. Keenly follow the baby’s routine and look out for sleeping cues.
The sleeping cues are helpful to your baby as you will know the sleeping time and the behavior that should tell your it is time to sleep.
This is a good concept I’m sure. It may sound easy to read but it is not. There are some components which should be captured for it to work.
You should get a program for the baby to be followed daily. The reason behind this is that a schedule leads to consistency which to predictability. These steps if followed daily every night the baby will predict and know what comes after the current activity and detect the cue that is supposed to be for sleeping.
Sometime you want to help the baby to settle so she can sleep on her own.
If you decide to sway the baby ensure it is gentle and consistent.
Swaying rhythms helps a baby to go to sleep. Make sure that you sway the baby gently because if you do it fast the baby will not think it is sleep time instead it will think it is time for play.
The next schedule that should be implement is the parents. Bathing time is one such cue. The child will know that soon after bathing , there will be a few other activities all centered around sleep and so at the time you will say it is bed time everybody should just go to bed.
To conclude, babies start their lives in the womb, and they more accustomed to it. A baby will feel quite insecure if they came into the world with a lot of vitality. A baby should be assisted to shift from womb to the world smoothly as this will ensure they sleep better.