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A look at a number of bad sleeping habits that babies can develop and advice on how they can be corrected and replaced with good baby sleep habits.

A look at a number of bad sleeping habits that babies can develop and advice on how they can be corrected and replaced with good baby sleep habits.

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  • 1. Baby Sleep Habits www.BabySleepSolution.com
  • 2.
    • Just like adults, children are
    • creatures of habit.
    Babies will quickly develop sleeping habits, so start as you mean to go on!
  • 3. Let us take a look at a few of the habits that could hinder your baby’s sleep…
  • 4. Habit One: Feeding just before your baby goes to sleep
    • In theory this sounds like a great idea.  The later you can feed your baby before they go to sleep the longer it will be before they're hungry and wake for another feed.
    • However…
  • 5.
    • … what actually happens is that your baby gets into the habit of needing a feed before they will go to sleep and whilst this is usually not a problem either before they go to bed at night or before daytime naps, what do you think happens when baby awakes during the night?
  • 6.
    • Yes of course, they have developed the habit of
    • needing a feed and so won't go back to sleep
    • until they've woken you and you've given them
    • another feed! 
  • 7.
    • Babies will very often naturally wake a number
    • of times during the night and so this bad 
    • sleep habit has been formed!
  • 8. Habit Two: Rocking your baby to sleep Rocking your baby to sleep is another bad habit for you (and them) to get into.
  • 9.
    • A baby that is regularly rocked to sleep will soon
    • never go to sleep until they have been rocked.
    This will not be too much fun for you if it is required at 2am then 4am and so on!
  • 10. Habit Three: Staying awake until overly tired
    • This is often encouraged by parents for one of several reasons. 
    • Firstly a parent may believe that if their baby is very tired then they are much more likely to sleep through the night
  • 11.
    • This can very often have the exact opposite
    • effect however and the over tired child will have
    • far more trouble getting to sleep than they
    • would if they had been put to bed an hour or so
    • earlier
  • 12.
    • Secondly, (and this will be a difficult one
    • to resolve for many parents) many parents work
    • during the day and look forward to getting home
    • at night and playing with their baby for an hour
    • or so before they are put to bed.
  • 13.
    • The downside to this however is twofold:
    • The baby is kept awake for longer than they should and so they can become overtired and find it difficult to get to sleep. 
    • Playing just before bedtime excites the baby.  This stimulation and excitement make it more difficult for them to then get to sleep when eventually put to bed.
  • 14.
    • Obviously, every parent wants to
    • play with their child when they
    • return from work but any have
    • found that slightly reducing the
    • amount of play time in the
    • evening can have a great effect
    • on their baby's sleep
  • 15. Habit Four: No Sleep Routine
    • In this instance, having no sleep habit is similar
    • to having a bad sleep habit! 
  • 16.
    • It is important that as a parent you help to
    • develop good baby sleep habits and this
    • includes setting (and keeping to) a routine that
    • leads up to baby being put to bed
  • 17.
    • As much as possible you should attempt to put
    • your baby to bed at a similar time each night.
    • Of course, this is not always possible but keeping
    • to a set bedtime whenever you can will reap it's
    • dividends
  • 18.
    • Keep your routine as standard as possible.  Write out
    • your preferred routine and keep to it as much as you
    • can.
    • As an example, your baby's sleep routine may
    • include:  a bath, a change of nappy or diaper, then
    • placing them in their crib or cot, next a bedtime story or
    • singing a lullaby and finally ending with you leaving
    • their room before they go to sleep.
  • 19.
    • Correcting these bad habits will make a
    • huge difference to your baby’s sleeping
    • routine and help you to finally find your
    • baby sleep solution!
  • 20. By Chris Towland www.BabySleepSolution.com