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