Your baby is already growing and with this many doubts arise about the best way to make him sleep and create a sleep routine. Sleep is fundamental for the good development of the children’s cognition. Dreams stimulate the imagination and it is at this time that the body and mind assimilate all the events of the day while they relax and prepare their energies for the next day. That is why it is so important to stimulate a healthy sleep routine from an early age!
Even with so many benefits, getting babies used to recognize day and night is a job that requires patience and a lot of dedication from moms and dads. In the first year of life, the baby’s sleep is adapting. According to Pediatrician and Neonatologist Lisiane Dresch, collaborator of the Hello MamaFrom the six months of life onwards, the baby is already awake longer, knows how to differentiate very well between day and night and it is already possible to put some rules so that everyone at home has better nights of sleep.
At 6 months: Is your baby still breastfeeding at night?
At six months of age, it is already possible to reduce dawn feeds, which are the greatest challenge for moms. Try to breastfeed your baby as late as possible. Ideally, this should happen before you go to sleep and you can gradually reduce the number of feeds in the middle of the night, as your baby will no longer feel the need. He will be fuller at night and will wake up less often.
At 9 months: does your child fall asleep alone at night?
Making the baby recognize his own little room and crib is essential for the development of the baby’s sleep. The routine gets much easier that way! Try to put your child to sleep right in the cot. Even if it seems impossible at first, it’s worth a try, he’ll slowly get used to it and you’ll also be able to have a more restful night.
At 12 months: your son sleeps all night?
Your baby is already grown up, so the interactions between the family increase, and so do the day-to-day activities. Remember that play and stimulation should be done during the day. At dusk, prefer calmer games, lullaby stories, and do these activities in your baby’s room to make it easier for the sleepy little one to move around.
Your baby should keep an early bedtime routine and wake up early. It is important that he does not keep pace with his parents, as children have very different needs than adults for sleep and rest. Always remember that babies are still developing.
A good tip is to give your baby a relaxing bath at nightfall, which can help him stay calmer and get ready for bed. If he’s still energetic, put him in the cot and dim the lights. A soft song can help too.
Always remember that night sleep is very healthy and it is one of the most important moments for the growth and development of babies! That is why we must provide maximum comfort and dedication to this time.