Parenthood brings about a lot of joy and happiness, especially for first-time parents. But, along with it, they also need to deal with various problems, one of them being the baby's sleep. Most parents find putting their baby to sleep peacefully through the night a difficult task, and it's one of the most common fields of parenthood where they seek help and advice. It is not only important for parents, but also for the baby, as it is the first step taken towards sleep training her. The development of a healthy sleep pattern is important for her overall healthy growth and development.
Baby Sleeping Patterns
Unlike adults, babies do not have a 7 hour or 12 hour sleeping pattern but it develops gradually as she grows. Hence, you should not expect that they sleep for long hours before they are at least six months old. After 6 months of age, they are usually able to sleep for 5 to 7 hours at a stretch. They might wake up due to hunger, blocked nose, etc. Often, they develop some peculiar habits during or before falling asleep, e.g., being carried, a lullaby, or a story, which helps them fall asleep.
Importance of the Crib
Once she is drowsy or half awake, place her on her back in the baby crib. This will establish the fact that this is where she is going to be sleeping. She may cry for a few minutes, but do not lift her off the crib, just soothe her gently and reassure her that you are around. Dim the lights and shut off all the sounds surrounding the room.
It would do you good to check information on breathing problems in infants; in such a case, do not attempt to solve it on your own.
Initially, it would be a little difficult for both the baby and the parents to get used to the routine. But, once this is done, you will notice that the frequency of her waking up in the night reduces gradually and both of you would be able to sleep peacefully. If this does not happen even after a few weeks, then she might be waking up due to a medical problem. In such a case, consult a physician without further delay.