Tips to help baby and mom get a good night’s sleep
Sleep is so important at any age. Children need their sleep – and a good schedule. But guess what? So, do parents.
To help you and your baby get a good night’s sleep, here’s some advice on how to start and maintain healthy bedtime routines.
When Putting Your Baby to Bed:
- Six months of age is the time when your baby should be able to put himself or herself to sleep.
- Develop a night time routine or "quiet time." Rocking or sitting in a comfy chair while singing or reading a book are great options.
- "Quiet time" may or may not be with the last feeding of the night. However, do not let your baby fall asleep on the bottle or on your lap. Let him get drowsy and relaxed. Then, put him or her into the crib.
- Fussing for 15 to 20 minutes is common and it’s okay to let babies fuss themselves to sleep. Remember – we don’t fall asleep the minute we lie down either.
- A “blankie” is a great idea. Consider a cloth diaper - it’s small enough not to be dangerous. Over time, this will be the thing that your baby will hold onto for comfort.
- Remember, you can’t make your child not wake up at night. You can only control what your baby expects to help himself go back to sleep. The better he can get himself back to sleep - the happier you and your baby will be.
About the Author
Dr. Springer provides health care for children from birth through childhood and adolescence. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of ailments specific to young people as well as minor injuries, infectious diseases and immunizations. She also has a special medical interest in allergy and asthma. Dr. Springer is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
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