The Sleeping Guide For Children

June 28, 2016

When anyone mentions a baby, the first thing that pops into your head is the sound of the baby crying at night. Which evidently means sleepless nights for the parents. Have you ever wondered why the babies cry at night? No, I don’t mean the funny or impractical reasons. I mean the real scientific one.

In general, there are two kinds of sleeps-light sleep and deep sleep. Light sleep is that refreshing sleep we have, the kind of sleep we relive the incidents of the day and that is also when we dream. Deep sleep is the kind of sleep when healing and growing takes place. Every night we experience a repetitive cycle where we go from light sleep to deep sleep and then again back to light sleep before waking up. While this transition between light sleep to dark sleep and dark sleep to light sleep is continuous for us, for babies to it is similar but only shorter. And they do not experience it in continuity, they tend to wake up between these transitions. That is the reason for the midnight baby crying.

The sleeping habit of children varies from age to age and from individual to individual. No two children exhibit the same sleep pattern and often differ from what a parent might choose to expect. Rather than have a standard fixed predefined sleeping pattern, understand your child and their requirements. Make plans that are specific to just your child and only your child. Also, don’t forget to map out a schedule that makes most of their sleeping pattern to make sure you, the parents get some rest too.

Getting a child ready for bed is a huge challenge. This can be made easier by building up routines that help in distressing the child and helps them in settling down for the night. Such routines usually include warm baths, story time, singing lullabies or even a simple goodnight kiss. This practice is bi-beneficial, both for the children and the adults. Most parents will agree when saying that sleep time is a one of a kind experience. This process of putting down babies and children to bed has been proven to increase a closer bond between the parents and the children. Above all, parents must understand their children when it comes to bed time and must be able to interpret when the babies need comforting before bed and when they don’t. Understand what is considering as comforting to the young ones and how much of it is required in order to comfort them.

One of the main criterion when putting a baby to sleep is the safety. Ensure that there are no potential hazards nearby that might suffocate the baby when it’s sleeping. Keep in mind, a baby must always sleep on its back and never in any other way.

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