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 involved was that he taught his dogs that when the bell chimes here they would salivate and know it was a cue to feed. The dogs eating time was scheduled for any time the bell rang. Easy, right? The feeding cue for the dogs was the bell which they would react to accordingly once it rang. We will discuss a baby’s sleep training and not dogs cue to feed.
The training aspect of both the dogs and the baby are similarly the only difference is that we know the baby is not a dog. You should start by following your baby’s patterns and identify the 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. Some elements need to taken into account for this concept to work.
You should get a program for the baby to be followed daily. The reason behind this is that a schedule leads to consistency which to predictability. If the schedule is followed constantly on a daily basis you will know what to expect and also what follows after that and be able to know the sleep cue.
There are times when you feel you would like you should help the baby settle and other times you feel like letting her sleep on her own.
During the times when you decide that you want to put the baby to sleep make sure you do it consistently and gently.
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.
The next schedule that should be implement is the parents. Bathing time is one such cue. 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.
To conclude, babies start their lives in the womb, and they more accustomed to it. No baby can come to the world with a lot of stimuli as it is feared there will be an issue of insecurity. For a baby to sleep properly the transition from the womb to the world should be gentle and smooth.