Parents and Children
- If you are a parent then you know by now how difficult is to get your baby to sleep through the night.
- You might get dark circles around your eyes if you are a new parent.
- Well, the most important solution to this problem is to teach your baby how to fall asleep on his or her own.
- It starts with assumption that baby falls asleep when his mother falls asleep needs something or someone as sleep association, or an attribute to the sleep process.
- All you need to do is to teach your child to develop sleep association they should be creating by themselves once and for all.
What do we need to develop those associations?
- Every one of us develop sleep associations.
- These are things that you might associate with your own bedtime that allow you to create specific conditions helping you to fall asleep.
- Your young baby is not an exemption from this rule: he or she will naturally develop sleep associations on their own.
- If you always put your child to sleep by holding him, or give your child something they like, you create a sleep association with these things.
- Then, when your child wakes up in the middle of the night, they won’t be able to go back to sleep on their own because they are unable to recreate their sleeping condition without you: they need you to feed him (to give them something they like), or rock their crib in order for them to fall asleep.
- You can see now: if you did it before, you can do it again and your baby will fall asleep.
Now is the time to apply this knowledge
- It is time now to try and get your babies to sleep on their own.
- You should bring special items into their sleeping routine that they can sleep with, such as a blanket, a stuffed animal, or a toy.
- It is important to understand the concept of association: what is going to happen that those items will create associations for your child for falling asleep.
- Then, when your child awakes in the middle of the night, he or she will be able to recreate a sleeping condition without your help.
- You can also improve those sleep associations by introducing intermittent items into your baby’s bedtime routine: allow your child to have his or her favourite blanket, stuffed animal, or a toy with during a final feeding and right before their bedtime activities, as well as allowing them to take those things with to bed.
- It is really no matter what you trying to do: your child will be creating his or her own sleep associations, those things that associated to their sleep.
- Your task is bringing those items that will be used as sleep associations and become under his or her control.
- If you give your child as much control over their own sleeping environment as possible, you will allow your child to begin to have normal and healthy night sleep.
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