Happier Bedtimes And Better Sleep
Motherhood is not only a term we gain by giving birth to our child, it is a lifelong process. Only a parent knows the difference between a happy life and a meaningful one . When we become parents, our life undoubtedly becomes a happier one . However, we can make our life meaningful if we succeed to create good habits in our children and happier bedtime is one of the basic good habit to achieve.
It is our responsibility as parents to help a child learn how to get to sleep and stay asleep throughout the night. No matter what the age of the child is, if habits and routines are followed, a child would always wake up in his/her own bed
A sound sleep is a priority for our child’s health as well as mental wellbeing of parent. Parents need to be happier with a positive approach towards their children, which is possible only with the help of early bedtime routine. Routines make bedtimes happier with better sleep for children. It needs to start since birth. The earlier we start with a routine, the easier it is to establish healthy sleep habits.
My baby is 5 months old now and I have followed a fixed schedule. The day we came back home from the hospital , we made sure that our child gets a sound sleep . A number of factors made this easier for us.
Massage : I made sure that my baby gets massaged twice a day at fixed time; once in the morning and once in the night. He got used to the night massage as it was his time to relax . Make sure you massage your baby gently . A gentle massage always helps the baby to sleep peacefully .
Clothes : I preferred changing his clothes during the night . Make sure baby’s clothes are changed at least twice a day . After night massage , make your baby wear comfortable nightwear , which in turn enhances his/her sound sleep .
Dim lights : I made it a rule to dim the lights the moment I wanted my child to prepare for the night sleep. While you massage your baby and change clothes, make sure to dim the lights . Baby should be able to differentiate between day and night; lights during the day, whereas dim lights during the night.
These were some of the ways which I adopted to make the bedtime happier for the baby. A better and sound sleep does makes bedtime happier. Being parents for the first time, we were a little anxious and in doubt as to how to train a routine to our new born. We tried and tested different methods for the same and the results were fruitful. Whatever helps a child to go to bed calmly and fall asleep is the best rule for bedtime routine.
Children tend to wake up in the middle of the night, crying and yelling out for their parents. Although it is difficult in the initial stage to let the child cry, a routine helps in the later stages of life when the child learns to soothe on her own.
I have seen my sister giving advance notice 10-15 minutes before bedtime to her toddler to finish up with whatever he is doing. She used to make him wear night clothes with his favourite cartoon character, his favourite bedsheets too. This helped him get to sleep happily. She always followed the routine she had set and consistently followed the same.
The key to make a child stay asleep and wake up in own bed is our gentle firmness. We need to carry our child back to own bed whenever she crawls in our room or bed in the middle of the night. Train the child to stay in own bed and make her realise that you understand her and trying to help her to rest and sleep .
Being a parent , we know the challenges we face during the night to get our kids go to bed and sleep , and most importantly stay asleep there. We need to set and maintain good sleep habits to help our kids fall asleep, stay asleep and awake refreshed. A consistent bedtime routine helps to improved sleep. Whatever routine we choose to do, it should be kept short and firm . We need to keep in mind the bedroom is dark and quiet, complementing the sleep environment. To provide a sense of security for kids, a doll, teddy bear or any personal object can comfort a child before she falls asleep. We do not need to react if our child gets up, just take him/her back to bed. Do not give extra attention, as it may delay bedtime. Do not let him/her stay up longer.
About Komal Gupta
From a working woman to a full-time mother, I am loving and living every phase of this new life. Leaving job was my decision as I wanted to be with my child during the early stages of his life. I wanted to witness his every action, from first cry to first word. I am happily employed as a full-time mother, whose remunerations are my child's hugs, kisses and laugh.
This is personal experience and point of view of Mrs Komal Gupta as a mother. Happy Motherhood does not take responsibility for the contents and those not necessarily represent point of view of Happy Motherhood.