Children need rest. That’s a given. The problem is that they often fight sleep. Parents often wonder how to get their baby into a healthy sleep routine. For everyone’s sanity and the kids’ healthy it is really a must that your children have naps during the day and good rest at night. With that said, how you train your kids, when you train them and how strict you are with your routine is all up to you as a parent. The following tips should serve as a guide, not as an inflexible set of rules.
If you wait until your child is a toddler to try and instill good sleep habits you may have a real fight on your hands. It is best to start when your child is still a baby. Sleep training a baby will be easier and less stressful for everyone. When you decide to sleep train is a personal decision. Some people start as early as 3 months while others wait until their children are much closer to a year. This is a personal decision and will also depend on the temperament and behavior of your little one.
Create a routine
A nighttime or naptime routine can be anything that works for you and your family. Depending on how many children you have, what your child enjoys or even the layout of your house, certain things may work for your family and other things probably won’t. You might read books, have a bottle, nurse, rock or have bath time. What is important is that you do the same things each time.
Remember that Sleep is Important for Health
Sleep is important for your and your child’s health. If they are not sleeping then you are probably not sleeping either. This is not good for anyone. You have to take rest seriously and be diligent about seeing to it that everyone gets the rest that they require. Letting your child run the show in regards to sleep will make for a very chaotic home and a very grumpy Mom!
Helping your child become a great sleeper and making sure that they get rest is your parental responsibility. Just as nutrition, education and safety are essential to your child’s well-being so is rest, downtime and relaxation. They are not always capable of monitoring their own sleep needs and you should never feel badly for setting rules and routines that make the whole family run smoothly and happily. So start early and keep working on it!