Who hasn't struggled with getting babies to sleep by themselves? In our first wacky, wild and wordless Wednesday blog, this dad gives in and lies down with his adorable baby girl in the crib. She immediately cuddles up, falls asleep and he's trapped!
During the later part of pregnancy, each baby develops her own sleep/wakefulness rhythm. You can get a good idea of what this rhythm is by the baby's activity patterns. Some babies will tend to be fairly quiet during the day -- lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking motion as Mom moves about her daily activities.
"I need a drink." "I'm scared." Many parents have children who go to bed, but have problems falling asleep and staying in bed. Here are some tips to help your child go to bed and stay there.
What can you do to peacefully get your kids to go to bed at their scheduled bedtime? And what can you do to help them stay tucked in bed?
Hi Dr. Laura,
A good way to encourage good sleep is to get familiar with your baby's sleepy signals, and put her down to sleep as soon as she seems tired. Every child has his own sleepy signs. Here are some common ones:
Most parents know the basic "5 B's" of bedtime routines: bath, brush teeth, bathroom, books, and bed. Our family, however, has invented many other fun (but not too physical) games that we've added to these basics. Because we frequently make bedtime fun, our children don't resist bedtime. Here are just a few games we've made up:
At a busy pediatric clinic in Rhode Island, Dr. Judith Owens sees a fair share of hyperactive children. They come in bouncing off the walls. Some may have trouble focusing in school or lash out at others for no apparent reason. Owens is quick to ask, "How well is your child sleeping?"
The clock drags through pregnancy. It creeps and crawls through the period of total helplessness when you are constantly occupied by newborn needs. It actually comes to a complete stand still on long, sleep-deprived mornings.
Here's something that may really surprise you: As much as we may want our babies to sleep through the night, our own subconscious emotions sometimes hold us back from encouraging change in our babies' sleeping habits. You yourself may be the very obstacle preventing a change in a routine that disrupts your life. So let's figure out if anything is standing in your way.