Routine plays important role in baby sleeping. Your baby will
quickly come to appreciate the consistency and predictability of a routine that you have built since he was born.
Knowing what's coming every night will help your baby to learn sleep habits that will stand you both in good stead
for the future. Routine can also increase baby self esteem and confidence.
However, it will come in time when you think your baby is getting
into a nice routine suddenly everything seems fall apart. It happens usually between 6 and 9 months when normal
mental and physical developmental stages can throw things off. For instance, when your baby begins to associate
bedtime with being left alone, she may start crying just to keep you around. During this time, being persistent in
the routine during normal condition (no sickness or special case) would hold very important role in creating
sleeping habit in future.
A study of 405 mothers -- with infants between 7 months and 36
months old -- showed that babies who followed a nightly bedtime routine went to sleep easier, slept better, and
cried out in the middle of the night less often. Start routine to your baby when you think he is ready
usually after about 2 months, some starts from 4 months old. Do it slowly and not forcing it as your baby is not a
robot. Use your instinct and not your frustration. You are the one who knows your child best.
Decide what routine or schedule you want to apply. You can try to
set it so it fits the best with family schedule such as working time for example. Combine it with the baby schedule
as well. Make daytime feeds social and lively and night-time feeds quiet and calm. This will help your baby to set
her body clock and learn the difference between day and night. Try to make a little adjustment here and there. Most
importantly bring peace and not stress to your baby.
After that be consistent but flexible in what you include in your
routine. There's the standard ritual such as bathing, putting on pajamas, reading a story, having a cuddle, or
playing a quiet game. Just make sure you choose something that helps to calm your baby. And while you can certainly
start your routine in the bathroom or the living room, make sure you end it in your baby's bedroom.
There are some reasons if baby start waking up again or hardly
sleep. If that happen, stop the routine, take a deep breath, find the cause and overcome it. Below are some reason
why baby is waking up again or hardly sleep:
Your baby wants more time with you. This is normal as human being. May be
you left him in day care while you are working that he misses you. Baby from birth already has this
kind of instinct. Give him some love and surely he will sleep well for the night.
Teething. Check if he drooling, rash on cheek that normally not there.
And then try to check his gum. If you find teething sign, you can give him teething paste that you can
get from chemist or if it is severe in rare case, you can give him panadol. If you are unsure, consult
your doctor about it.
Developmental advances (e.g.: waking more often right before or after
learning to turn over, crawl or talk).
Illness, allergy, diaper rash, eczema.
Hunger (including growth spurts).
Reverse cycling: Some babies whose moms are away during the day prefer to
reject most/all supplements while mom is away, and nurse often during the evening and night. If mom is
very busy during the day or if baby is very distracted, this can also lead to reverse cycling.
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By knowing your options, it will let you know what to do and
hence avoid getting stressed or frustrated.
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