1. Review your diet
Don’t give your baby sweets in the evening because it can leave him with excess energy and “hyperactive” throughout the night. Cookies, candy, and cereal are also things to avoid before bedtime. A moderate and sufficient dinner will ensure a night of comfortable sleep for the child throughout the night. Otherwise, your baby may wake up and ask for a snack. This will adversely affect your baby’s sleeping and eating habits.
Mothers should choose suitable dishes in the evening and give them more desserts and snacks. They should be low-sugar dairy products or a banana, which contain a great source of magnesium to help your body produce melatonin and help your baby fall asleep.
2. Methods of training babies to sleep on their own
There are many different methods of putting your baby to sleep, and each method will be suitable for each baby. Let your baby cry and then fall asleep on his own or sleep with him is your choice. There are many resources online to help you determine the method that works best for your baby’s sleep.
3. The baby’s “flushing” every night
About 20% of children under the age of 5 wet the bed at night. While this is not usually associated with a serious physical or emotional problem, there are rare cases where a baby will need treatment. It could be due to worms, urinary tract infections, sleep disorders of children… These cases need other visits from pediatricians.
4. The influence of technology
A study in the journal Pediatrics found that placing a phone or tablet next to a baby’s sleeping area or under a pillow can lead to insomnia. In particular, not only causes trouble sleeping, the light emitted from the screen will also disturb sleep and affect the baby’s health. Exposure to such light every night can lead to many lifestyle-affected diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
5. Sleep during the day
Sleep needs will also change depending on the age of the baby
During this short period of time, your baby will develop mentally and physically. Sleeping during the day is essential because it is the time for the baby to rest and grow. However, once your baby is old enough to get enough sleep from night to morning, he won’t need to nap anymore. Usually, by the age of 2, babies will not need to sleep more in the morning, and by the age of 4, they will not sleep in the afternoon.
For many children, not sleeping in the afternoon can trigger angry behavior – angry, grumpy or whiny during this transition period.
6. Stuffed animals and pacifiers
These items have a very special meaning for the baby and will gradually become very attached to the baby because it brings a sense of comfort and familiarity, especially when being alone. In theory, when children grow up, they will become independent and confident, so they will no longer need them. Though sometimes, you’ll need to help him break the habit and get used to new things.
7. Sleep of school-age children: Mothers should remind them when necessary
If you let your child decide when to sleep, he will easily create a habit of sleeping and waking up late. If you want habit-forming to work for you, there are a few steps you can take to intervene. Flexible but controlled, these are the main tips to maintain a scientific sleep routine.
As your baby grows, you can slowly reduce your control and help him become more responsible for his sleep and routine.
At primary school age, babies need about 9.5 hours of sleep, but can be more. By middle school age, sleep time is close to that of adults, about 7-8 hours a day. Noted that the quality is always more important than quantity, and to create the necessary quality for sleep, you should arrange your home scientifically, avoid exposing your child to factors that can “disturb” sleeping habits like TV, radio or computer. Keep them outside of your child’s bedroom.
In addition, co-sleeping with the baby will help the baby sleep better and make it easier for the mother to breastfeed. However, co-sleeping also contains risks for the baby such as sudden infant death syndrome and other fatal accidents. Therefore, in order for your baby to sleep safely next to you, you also need to follow some golden rules to help your baby sleep soundly and safely!
Baby sleep next to mother – how to be safe?
1. Some notes when letting babies sleep together
Babies under 8 months old can’t get out on their own if they’re covered with pillows, blankets, or baby sleeping bags. Therefore, you should remove all unnecessary pillows, blankets and items from the bed to avoid these objects causing the baby to suffocate.
If conditions permit, you can use an infant bed.
Choose a flat mattress or a firm mattress because if the mattress is too soft, it can easily roll over and block the airway. In addition, the purchased mattress needs to fit the bed so that there is no space between the mattress bed to avoid during sleep the baby can move and move into this gap.
If there is a wall on one side of the bed, it is best to place your baby between you and the wall to prevent your baby from rolling onto the floor or use a bed screen to prevent your baby from rolling down.
Put the baby to sleep on his back, do not put him on his stomach (you can use pillows to block the baby’s sides to keep the baby’s sleeping position from rolling down on his stomach)
Your clothes need to be neat, don’t wear pajamas with ties or ribbons, and when you sleep, wrap your hair neatly to avoid your nightgown or hair covering your baby while you’re sleeping.
2. Circumstances where children should not sleep together
Although babies sleeping with parents bring benefits, there are some cases where children should not be allowed to sleep with adults. These cases include:
Adults smoke, drinking alcohol, beer or other stimulants, causing addiction due to harmful smoke, in addition, parents who are under the influence of stimulants will not be able to control themselves, lack of alertness may unintentionally harm the baby. ..
Being sick, in the process of being treated. At this time, the baby’s immune system and resistance are still very weak, so it is easy to catch infections from adults.
When adults are tired, easy to fall asleep, deep sleep but forget that there are children sleeping next to them, accidentally put their arms and legs on the baby, remember to cover the baby with blankets, suffocate the baby …
When your baby is a little older, you can use a bassinet for your baby to lie down and place it in the bedroom for your convenience. Gradually, as your baby gets stronger, you can put him to sleep on his own.