Surrender to the night is not so easy for a baby! How to spot that he has sleep? Why is the ritual important? What if he is agitated? We follow the guide.
How do I know if a baby needs to sleep?
- The signs of fatigue vary from one small to another: it will yawn, rub his eyes, put his finger in his ear, this one will touch his hair. The behavior can also change: the toddler folds himself, proves irritable ...
- By observing your baby, you will recognize his sleep demands. Then put him to bed quickly, he will fall asleep without worry. If you delay bedtime, he will miss his own train of sleep. Until his 2 months, he will have to wait for the next one, fifty minutes later. Then seventy minutes between 3 months and 3 years.
A baby's sleep is often restless, is this normal?
- The newborn always falls asleep in restless sleep. When he has just been asleep and is breathing calmly, his fists are closing, suddenly everything is changing: his breathing is fast, panting, his arms and legs are jerky. The baby can even grunt, scream. So many normal signs, but which suggest that it is not good. For lack of information, many parents intervene to calm and reassure their toddler. Awakened wrongly in his first cycle of sleep, the baby cries and will have trouble going back to sleep.
- Patience! After 6-9 months, the infant does not sleep in restless sleep, but in quiet sleep.
Is it good to rock him to sleep?
- Yes and no. You can, of course, rock your toddler tenderly, but install it in his cradle before he falls asleep. He must find resources alone to access sleep, at his own pace, helped by his thumb or his blanket. When you leave your baby in his cradle, do not expect him to fall asleep immediately. Let him enjoy his well-being ... without you!
Is the bedtime ritual important?
- Certainly. Too many babies go to bed without accompaniment, without cuddles, lullabies or words that reassure. But this ritual must include a beginning and an end, on pain of seeing him lose his reassuring function. If they endlessly prolong this nocturnal tete-a-tete, the parents reinforce their baby's worries and reinforce it in the idea that the night is so terrifying that they can not abandon it. An endless ritual exhausts the parents, so much so that some even end up falling asleep ... before their toddler!
- Exercising authority, setting limits seems difficult for the mother or father who wants to be absent all day. I am concerned that, at present, the days are more organized according to the interests and needs of adults than those of the youngest. The dilemma arises in these terms: must the baby's rhythm be thwarted and thus take advantage of the time spent with him, or is it better, on the contrary, to respect his rhythm and at the same time not to see him much?
When to consult a specialist
- Everything depends on the threshold of your tolerance, your personal history, your own experience with regard to sleep. Some parents will do very well on hard nights for many months, while others will fall apart after a few weeks. It is necessary to seek advice when baby's sleep problems have an impact on family life. If aggression gets involved, if the violence appears, it is time to consult!
7 anti white night tips
1. Prepare for your baby a place for him, welcoming and comfortable.
2. Place the cradle in a corner, if possible flanked by two walls.
3. Go for a bed that is neither too small nor too big, so that your baby can touch the edges with either his head or his back.
4. Remove the bed bumper for both safety and comfort reasons. So he will not choke and he will see better around him.
5. Always practice the same rituals before bedtime. This will secure it!
6. Avoid waking your toddler.
7. If his days have not been exhausting, his nights will be better.