I abide by his sleeping routine and covet sleep for my son. The reason I have done this is that I have found that when he sleeps well we all have a great day.
It is important for children growing up that they sleep. It is important for growth and development. Also important for mommies and daddies to have some alone time when the kids go to bed. But that is a different article.
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When my son was born, he was an excellent sleeper for a newborn. He would sleep in four to six-hour stretches. I was so excited! I love to sleep and was hoping he did too. After about eight weeks the sleep cycle changed. He would sleep for about 2 hours at a time throughout the night. I was exhausted. Then he would nap for four hours or more during the day. I was offered advice on how to get him through the night. Here is what I was told:
- Keep him awake during the day and he will sleep through the night
- Feed him a large dinner and he will sleep more soundly
- Put him on his belly
- Have him sleep with you, so you don’t have to wake up entirely when he does to feed him
- Let him cry it out
- Sleep when he sleeps
- Sleep in his room with him for comfort
- New Moms don’t sleep you miss these times when they are over
- Call the doctor there might be something wrong with him
I have heard it all. Becoming a mombie was not good for any of us. He needed something when he woke up that is what babies do. So I started watching him more closely and followed his patterns. I also started trusting my instincts.
I watched for signs that showed what he needed and when he needed to sleep. I didn’t wait until he fell asleep I waited to see the signs he was getting tired. Once I noticed the getting tired signals, we would go to a quiet place in the house and relax. He would then fall asleep and stay asleep longer. He needed the time to wind down even being so little. Don’t we all wish for that?
Every time he would go through a growth spurt we would have some hard nights. I also went through a spell with him that we thought he had night terrors. Come to find out, in our case at least, he was going to be too late and having a hard time. I have learned kids that go to bed too late and get up too earlier are not getting enough sleep, and that causes restless nights.
For us, it was that simple. It took a while to learn the signs, watch for changes and stay with the rhythm. Since he gets his sleep, he is happier and doesn’t fight going to bed. Just recently I put him to bed too late, and he was crazy and didn’t want to go to sleep. I learned my lesson to let him stay up and not covet the sleep.
We are not experts on this, and every kid is different. When you are at a loss when your kid isn’t sleeping start watching for the signs that they are getting tired. Try to get them to bed before you go past the point of no return.
Here is an article that I read that gives great advice about how long a kid should sleep for. Try it. You never know what you may learn.
We will Survive!