Forming A Sleeping Pattern For Your Baby
Putting a baby to sleep was made possible by Pavlov’s dogs. Ivan Pavlov and his dog’s experiment are a pair who if you have heard of them then you know what the benefits of conditioning are. The training that Ivan taught the dogs was that at the chime of the bell then it was a feeding cue. The dogs overtime got used to timetable and associated a bell ring with food. That sounds easy, doesn’t it? Each time the bell rang the dogs would go to the place they were served with food as they knew it was eating time. We will discuss a baby’s sleep training and not dogs cue to feed.
The concept could be the same though here we know that the baby is not a dog but perhaps you should condition him similarly. Keenly follow the baby’s routine and look out for sleeping cues.
The sleeping cues are helpful to your baby as you will know the sleeping time and the behavior that should tell your it is time to sleep.
This is a noble thought. It is not easy to implement as it is easy to write. For this idea to work it is a must you consider some aspects.
First you must have a schedule for the baby everyday. This is because a timetable equals consistency and consistency equally ability to predict. If you constantly follow the steps daily for each night the baby should be able to predict and will pick what follows what and know your cue for time to sleep.
Sometimes it is good to leave the baby to sleep on their own and other times you help put the baby to sleep.
There are times when you have to sway the baby and this should be consistent and gentle.
The baby should be able to pick a few rhythms to help her go to sleep. In case you need to use swaying to help the baby go to sleep it should be done gently because if it is fast the baby will get a signal that it is expected to play.
Lastly, if you don’t have your own schedule it is time to implement them. One good cue is time for taking a bath. If you design your schedule in a way that after bathtime there is some activity centered on sleeping it should not be a problem if you tell them to go to bed.
Since conception when the baby is in the womb they grow accustomed to the womb. A baby will feel quite insecure if they came into the world with a lot of vitality. If you want to assist the baby to sleep soundly, you need to make the shift from the womb to the world comfortable.