Sleep, a requirement for a healthy lifestyle, is elusive after giving birth, just when moms need it the most. But that’s hard to do when your newborns do not have a sleep pattern yet.
Babies would wake up and sleep any time they want. Their sleep pattern becomes more scheduled when they reach six months.
Here are a few expert advice on sleeping patterns:
1. Is co-sleeping a safe practice for parents and babies?
In some cultures it is acceptable. But it does interrupt your sleep. Even if kids start sleeping through the night, they usually toss and turn. That’s when you need to introduce “basic sleep hygiene”, which means introducing your child to a bedtime routine.
The good news? Children are easy to teach. Just like you properly time their sleep, they automatically sleep through the night. Children will likely follow your sleep pattern. The change has to start with you.
2. Do you recommend sleep training?
Sleep training is a common practice in developed countries such as the U.S. and the U.K., wherein parents let their babies sleep in the crib in another room and cry, or soothe themselves back to sleep when they wake up in the middle of the night.
3. What can I do when my kid wake up crying or screaming at the night?
Night terrors occur when a child wakes up startled, crying or having extreme fear, but they don’t have any recollection of what happened. When you’re child is having a night terror the best thing to do is to calm them down and reassure them they are safe. Don’t yank them off of their slumber unless the child is physically in danger.
When your children have nightmares, they usually remember what happened. Ask them to tell you about it; you can also wait until the next morning if he doesn’t want to tell you. Don’t push. Sometimes kids have nightmares when they’re exhausted or lack quality sleep. Find out what may be troubling him.
Recurring nightmares or night terrors, though, is a different story. It is advisable to consult a sleep doctor so he can look into the quality of sleep if he snores or has sleep apnea.
4. Is teeth grinding harmful for a child?
The most popular theory behind teeth-grinding is anxiety. Usually, doctors would prescribe using a mouth guard when sleeping, but it’s more to protect the teeth and decrease the tension in the muscle. Relaxation techniques also help. Again, it is where a solid bedtime routine would be handy.