Usually, baby sleep issues usually occur when the newborn is unable to settle or wakes at night hours over a prolonged period of time. If you are facing such issues, it might be very important for you to know the common reasons why babies don’t sleep adequately. After recognizing the issue, it is vital that you know the recommended solutions by researcher for your issues. We will start by explaining the sleep cycles.
A research carried out by Pattanashetty and Kutty (2010), indicated that a human being sleeping cycles involves two stages. The rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and the non-rapid eye movement (NREM). During the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the body barely moves, the eyes normally move around fast and an individual experiences some dreams. A few months old kids normally wake up during the REM stage of sleep. The non-rapid eye movement sleep is when the child is deeply asleep and he child may not wake up then in that stage. When your child is sleeping, he normally cycles between light sleep and deep sleep. It is normal for young kids below six months to wake up several times due to the sleeping cycles. It is however an issue if the trend continues beyond 6 months.
What you need to know about baby sleep
In sleep, it will take about an hour for a baby to complete a normal sleep cycle. This may explain why your baby sleep issues might cause the baby to wake several times a night. You should also note that young babies sleep any time of the day; this is because they are not acclimatized to the normal daytime and night time as adults. It is absolutely normal for babies below six months to sleep for a few hours now and then. But you should be worried if this behavior continues beyond six months. Studies have proved that babies, though not all, past the age of four should be able to sleep for about 6 hours. However, if your child is not in that bracket don’t worry because this article will give you tips on coming up with such issues.
Sleep requirements school going kids
Children that have attained the age of four are normally in school but they may be facing sleep issue. Such a child still requires the adequate time of sleep, between 9- 12 hours (Simkin et al., 2016). As a parent, the child may not be with you the whole day; therefore, you need to master some skill of assessing whether he or she is getting enough sleep.
A child that is getting enough sleep will go to bed and fall asleep within half an hour. He should be able to wake up easily without being bugged by anyone to get out of bed. Such a child will stay alert and awake during the day without dozing off; you may confirm this with the child tutor. Parents should, therefore, be responsible. Don’t allow your child to stay up late into the night because you will be sleep deprived. Sleep-deprived children are not very healthy and may have a lot of problems especially in school.
Sleep Training a Baby
Are you tired of awakening up in the middle of the night by your child, demanding some feeding or soothing before going back to sleep? Such are the characteristics of babies below the age of six months. Babies you continue to have the same habits need some training because they have become accustomed to eating every time the wake. It may not be very pleasant to be dashing from your bed to the nursery for a prolonged period. It’s the high time that you get to learn some of the valuable tips to help your baby leave that nighttime waking habit and be able to sleep on his own through the night comfortable. It is advised that you go through all the strategies and chose what is appropriate for your little angel.
It is Normal for the Baby to Cry Out
The cry of a baby is known to worry parents even when the cry is faked. Utilizing the cry to solve sleep problems is one of the best tactics for any parent. This tactic is, however, the hardest for new moms or dads who are not used to letting their babies cry as they try to sleep. Some parents even end up joining the baby to cry. If you consider taking this strategy, it is paramount that you try not to play the guilty. Keep in mind that you are not torturing your child to sleep. All you are doing is teaching him to learn to sleep on his own. As parents do not think that the child is feeling any pain as he sleeps because.
Keep your eyes on the benefits that your baby and the whole family will enjoy if this training is completed successfully. Such benefits may include a family that is not sleep deprived therefore they will be very attentive during the day. Such a family will be healthier and happy.
If you are one of those parents with audio or digital baby monitors such that you are always listening to your baby as he sleeps in his crib, you might consider stopping. As much as the use of baby monitors is good, it may not be of very much help for babies above six months. If you a really committed to this training you should go ahead and turn down the volume of the monitor.
Below are some of the possible steps you can take to take care of the immediate neighbors when implementing the method.
- Make your plan public. Let everyone who leaves in close proximity to your home that you will be training your child self-sleep tactics for a couple of nights. Try to make them know the details of the training so that they will be able to brace themselves for what is coming.
- Use some sound barriers. You might consider doing some sound checks like making sure that the windows of the baby’s room are well closed. Hanging blankets over the windows of shared walls is another important activity that can help to soften the noise.
- You can also consider making up some sort of early apology to your neighbors who are likely to be terrorized by the baby cry for a couple of days. You can do this by buying them a bottle of wine, some flowers or cookies.
This strategy may be very good but it does have some drawbacks. During the time of stress or change, even babies who have normally been sleeping well through the night for weeks often will start waking during such times, Spitkovsky et al, (2010). Some changes that might disrupt the baby sleep for a number of weeks occur when the baby is learning to crawl or walk. It is advisable to give him extra comfort for as long as such a disruption does not last too long. If the extra comfort is used for a long period, the child may become accustomed to it and this may bring down the strategy you are trying to put up. At such a point, you should look into the Ferber method.
The Ferber method dictates that the child should be left to cry, a little time longer every time he wakes up and before you pick him up. Some doctors do not encourage this method for children below one year of age. Pediatricians in specific recommend that the first 12 months are very important for the deployment of the baby-parent bond. Parents who chose to try this method on your babies should find it wise to adopt the modified Ferber method.
This method requires the parent to attend to the crying baby every five minutes until the baby finally falls asleep. This method is aimed at encouraging the child to fall asleep on his own. Make sure you go through your child bedtime routine without skipping a step, and then play them some baby sleep music, songs or white noise.
What is the purpose of baby sleep music or white noise? Baby music is usually lullabies recorded in a tape or compact disk. White noise refers to noises from a special machine that simulates the sounds in the womb. Whether you are one or both of them, the main goal is one, to lure the child to fall asleep.
If your child cries again, follow a strict routine of checking on them every five to ten minutes. When in the baby’s room, try not incite them to wake up if they have gone back to sleep. Also, don’t try to give them a bottle or picking them. Follow the pattern every time he wakes up for the next one week. The main drawback to this strategy is that you will have to start it again and retrain them after a family trip, or after some illness.