How to Avoid Child Sleep Problems From the Very Beginning
Jun 13, 2013 - 2:13:00 PM
"Being in tuned to the natural progression of child sleep evolution in your baby will ensure a lifetime of healthy sleep," said Deborah Pedrick, Founder of the Family Sleep Institute.
(Biological Age: the expected date of delivery)
Under 2 months of age - Focus: You and Your Baby
Sleep happens when it happens. Some babies sleep a lot and others do not. Some babies might be extra fussy even colicky so do whatever you need to do to get you and your baby as much sleep as possible. Babies at this time do not have well defined sleep patterns so that means there is no schedule. Nature created this unpredictability for both mom and baby to focus on bonding, feeding, resting and recovering.
2-4 months of age - Focus: Social Cues = Learning, Short intervals of wakefulness
Social smiling is a sign of maturation. Your baby is now officially learning and making connections. Focus now on the 4 S's of sleep:
1. A consistent sleeping place: Your baby now will start associating where he sleeps with when he sleeps. The sleep environment/place needs to be safe (following the AAP guidelines) and conducive to sleep: very dark, quiet and cool.
2. A consistent soothing routine: Since your baby is now very social and his world so interesting he might not just fall asleep when he's tired. We need to stay on top of this and make sure to get him down before he becomes overtired. This is the time you would implement a soothing routine, which is a cue, not a means to sleep, so he understands that now it's time to take a break that his body is requiring.
3. Sleepy cues: In order to be in-tuned to your babies sleep needs, your baby have well defined sleepy cues that he shows when he is getting tired. Tuning into these cues and providing him then the time to sleep will keep your baby rested throughout the day.
4. Short intervals of wakefulness (45 mins -1.5 hours): Babies in the first few months cannot tolerate long wakeful period. Watch for his sleepy cues to better determine when it's the "right" time he needs to sleep.
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The Family Sleep Institute is the very first comprehensive yet affordable child sleep consultant certification program based on 15 years of experience by the leading Child Sleep Expert, Deborah Pedrick. The Family Sleep Institute lives up to its name as it is truly a "family" to all graduates who go through the program.
Deborah Pedrick, founder of familysleep.com has been educating families for over 15 years on the importance of establishing and maintaining a healthy foundation for sleep in their children. She is co-founder of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants,www.IACSC.com and Founder/President of the Family Sleep Institute, www.familysleepinstitute.com, which instructs, mentors and certifies Child Sleep Consultants around the world. Deborah resides in Stamford, CT with her teenage son, Soren. She has a private practice consulting parents on how to establish and maintain healthy sleep habits in their family. She has been quoted/interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, NY Family Magazine, and has been a contributing sleep expert for "The Doctors" television show. Deborah is a member of the National Sleep Foundation and the American Sleep Association.
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