Nearly 100% of New Parents Make This Mistake and Train Their Baby NOT to Sleep.
==== ====Discover this excellent resource for helping your newborn baby sleep peacefully through the nighthttp://newbornparents.com/go/sleeping_solution/==== ====When a new baby arrives in the world it is the first time that hes been out of physical contact withanother human being. It is his first experience of being alone, the first experience of touchingfabric rather than skin, the first experience of being dry rather than wet, the first experience ofgravity without fluid to float in, and the first experience of being without the taste of mums amnioticfluid, delivering onion, garlic, cumin, and all the other clues to mothers diet!Additionally, its his first experience of bright light. Although some light does filter through to thewomb, bright light is something quite challenging to his not-fully-developed abilities of sight.Likewise with sound, which until now has been muffled, much like you might hear as backgroundsounds in apartment living, apart from the whooshes and gurgles of mothers stomach andintestines, and the familiar thud, thud of her heartbeat.With all of this extraordinary stimulation, its equally extraordinary that our newborn baby willcontinue to sleep only a tiny bit less than he did at 32 weeks gestation, around 85-90% of the time- 20-22 hours each day.With mother needing only 8, youd be excused for wondering what could possibly go wrong, but asmost parents know, those precious 8 hours can seem painfully out of reach.We already know that many babies are born with very disrupted sleep patterns (my second childarrived doing 15-minute catnaps and this lasted for months), and this can be an indication of anundeveloped nervous system, particularly where mother hasnt been able to eat adequately, or tohold food down during the pregnancy.Professor Evelyn Thoman has shown that mums who eat 3 or more serves of cold water fish (likesalmon, tuna, founder, haddock, herring and sardines) each week tend to have babies who arecalmer and sleep better than mums with lower levels of the DHA (a fatty acid) found in thosefoods.There is a lot we can do to rectify these sleep problems quite quickly (as youll see in Chapter 6)but first lets look at the mistakes that many of us parents make in the beginning that actually trainour babies NOT to sleep.Common Mistakes1 OverstimulationIn my years as a behavioural therapist, this is arguably the most commonly identified cause of not
only sleep problems, but of behavioural problems generally in children. Weve become a worldwhere everything is a race, including developing and growing up, and its sad to see some babiesplaced in that pressure cooker even before theyre born.Although I have little respect for mother nature, this is one area where I believe there is evidencethat mother nature provides very well for the optimum development of the newborn and that ourjob is NOT to stimulate in the early days, but merely to love and nurture.Now, this doesnt mean that you have to have a quiet and dark home, far from it! It also doesntmean that you cant take your new baby out to the shops or the gym, or to have lunch or dinnerwith friends. All of THAT stuff is just familiarizing your brand new baby with the ebb and flow ofyour life, with the family environment that youve created for him.What Im talking about here are things like:Special training programs for unborns or newborns, like music, sound or light showsMobiles in the crib or cotExcessive handling by people other than the immediate familyAn overly noisy or busy environmentYour baby will do best if hes allowed to slowly acclimatize himself to an environment which is sodifferent from the one hes enjoyed the last several months. Thats how hell learn to tell thedifference between sleep time and wake time, and thats how his nervous system and brain willthrive the best. He needs to find the normal rhythms and patterns of a stress-free familyenvironment.One of the worst things you can do for your baby or toddler is to contrive an overly-stimulatingenvironment - that is a recipe for mental ill health, and a young person who struggles to formhealthy sleep patterns.2 Under-stimulationSome parents go too far the other way, keeping the new baby in a deathly quiet and dark room.This is all very nice because it does come fairly close to womb conditions, but it also doesnt allowthe babys body clock to respond to normal light and dark patterns and move into family-friendlysleep habits.Have you ever taken a long flight Eastward at night, and then as youve flown into the rising sun,despite being dog tired, been unable to sleep? Thats the effect of daylight on the hormones thatgovern sleep.So you can appreciate that smart use of daylight and dark is one of the most powerful tools youcan use to help your baby develop better sleep patterns! Get into the habit of placing baby in thatquiet, darkened room from 7 pm to 7 am, and let him nap in the brighter, noisier area of the houseduring the day. Go on with your normal life, playing your usual background music, watchingtelevision, vacuuming, washing, enjoying normal conversation, just as you would normally and
reasonably do.Although there are lots more tips to help your baby, toddler or older child to move into much bettersleep routines, these 2 tips will provide a lot of help!If youve enjoyed this article, youll find lots more help on BubHelp.com. Whether you havequestions about pregnancy, or would like help with your baby or toddler, youll find great supportwith your free membership of BubHelp.com.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Christine_Sutherland==== ====Discover this excellent resource for helping your newborn baby sleep peacefully through the nighthttp://newbornparents.com/go/sleeping_solution/==== ====