Youíre exhausted, moody and canít even think straight! Sound familiar?
Most parents suffer from sleep deprivation at some point. Even those who are lucky enough to have babies who are good sleepers eventually have to deal with getting their toddlers to stay in bed.
To make matters worst there is so much conflicting information as to how and when we should get our babies to sleep through the night. Itís enough to leave a new parent wondering whatís the right thing to do?
Here are a few tips to get baby to sleep through the night:
Listen to your instincts. Remember you know your baby best. Take all advice you get (including this one) as what it is, ďadviceĒ. Never let it replace your own personal judgment. You know your baby best and only YOU know whatís really right for him. If it feels right to rock your baby to sleep, then do it. If it feels right to bring your baby into bed with you then do it. The main idea is to get baby to sleep through the night peacefully.
Stop the guilt. Donít take it personally. A lot of us suddenly feel instant guilt when our baby cries. Are we doing the right thing? Does she need feeding? Is his diaper wet? And on and onÖ
Remember your baby could be crying for a number of reasons and some are out of your control. Did you know that babies are born with the crying reflex but not the laughing reflex? Well they areÖ itís instinctive for babies to cry. Weíre going back to primitive times. Babies cry to have their needs met. Sometimes those needs are just to simply cry it out for a bit while feeling the warmth and comfort of their most loved person Ö you!
Become an expert. Go online or to the library and read a few books on baby sleep and sleep patterns. Arm yourself with all the knowledge that you can so that when others come your way offering advice you can politely say you know exactly what youíre doing.
When reading advice donít go for the latest books or fads. Go to the library and look for actual baby sleep research. Then sit down and make a list of what youíre feeling. What do you feel is right for you and your family? This could be more important than any book you may find on the subject of baby sleep. Speak to your spouse and make sure you agree on what method youíll use.
Whatever you decide, the main thing to remember is that sleepless nights are part of having a baby. Do what feels best for you and remember that this is a normal phase of your babyís development and will soon end.
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