Some children are naturally good sleepers. Others need to be trained – and retrained a year later. So, what is the secret of smart mothers who do this job successfully? Take advantage of the hard-won innovations of these mothers. Here are 10 of the most common applications:
These moms don’t go to the party they’re invited to so their kids can sleep. After the meal, they send the guests so that their children can sleep on time. Children are not allowed to go anywhere at night until they are at least 9 years old. These mothers sacrifice many social opportunities to get their children to bed on time.
A bitter truth for you: toddlers who wake up before sunrise will still wake up early even if you went to bed at 9 o’clock. A late bedtime does not mean waking up late. Sleeping early is better for the child’s circadian rhythm and healthy sleep habits.
These mothers do their best to ensure that their children only sleep in their beds; even if they have to force a one-year-old to stay awake while flying home from the grocery store. The probability of successfully moving a sleeping child from the car seat to the bed is very low. These mothers don’t take risks.
Some mothers (and well-meaning relatives) have many theories and advice: go to bed late so they sleep more. Skip the naps so you get more sleep at night. But sleep is illogical. The truth is that long naps bring with them more nighttime sleep, not less.
Sleep training does not end with teaching children how to fall asleep. It’s also important to teach them how to stay awake – or at least stay in their room and play quietly until they fall asleep.
We know that blue light from screens disrupts the circadian rhythms of adults. For children, these effects are many times greater. Before the bed war begins, you need to suppress the urge to hand over a phone for a few moments of peace. While screens may seem like they put kids to sleep, there’s nothing more stimulating to their developing brains.
Some mothers are quick to get their children out of the cradle after 18 months. However, changing the child’s sleep environment creates a destabilizing effect for the child who is already trying to resist sleep. So as long as your little one isn’t trying to climb into his bassinet, let him sleep wherever he’s comfortable.
Is it so important that your kindergarten classmates have given up their daytime nap? If your child can’t stand to sleep in the middle of the day, even if it’s only on the weekends, consider yourself blessed.
Is the room temperature 20°C even in winter? Yes. Is the white noise machine working? Yes. Are the curtains tightly closed? Yes. Mothers of well-rested children optimize the environment for sleep.
The scenario is this: he’s been sleeping for hours, and he’s going to wake up just during dinner. What should you do? Let him sleep! While it may seem counterintuitive, many babies can go to sleep within three hours of naps. Interrupting their sleep often backfires and brings moodiness in the middle of the night.
The English original of this article was published on purewow.com.