Most new parents, often wonder what it is that they are doing wrong when their new baby will not sleep through the night but Mrs. Jones child has been doing it sense birth, according to her. Most children will not sleep through the night until they are around a year of age and some will not do it for some time after that. You should not worry about your child being able to sleep through the night at a young age. Baby’s will often wake up to be change, fed, or even if they are uncomfortable or cold.
One rule of thumb to always remember is, no two children are alike. If you can keep this in mind then you will be doing good. When you where pregnant and moving around with your child in your womb, the child would often be rocked to sleep by your movement throughout the day and would wake up during the night when you where ready to sleep because you where no longer creating a motion for your baby to rock to sleep to.
Getting your child into a routine that you would like, is sometimes more easily said than done. If you have the patience then your child will learn to sleep at the same time every night and wake up around the same time also. The key to getting your child to sleep at night is to put your child to sleep around the same time every night and wake them up at the same time every morning. Try getting a more comfortable crib for your baby so that they sleep better. A new baby will often wake up frequently and sleep often throughout the day and at night. Your child may not learn when bedtime is right after it is taken home from the hospital but if your child is set on a routine then it will eventually learn this pattern and follow it.
I have found that giving a child a warm bath right before bedtime will often soothe the child. I will usually make a warm oatmeal bath, which is also good for diaper rashes and dry skin, if you are not fond of oatmeal baths then you can also use lavender which is known to help soothe people by the smell. You can find these products in the baby or bath isle of walmart or Dollar Store. I also use the lavender bath products for myself when I need extra help to relax.
Warm milk has been known to help a baby calm down and get into a more peaceful mood. I will fix my baby a bottle about thirty minutes before bed. I also use this on my older children, I give them a warm cup of milk before they go to bed also. Try not to put your baby to bed with a bottle in it’s mouth, the doctors do not recommend this.
Check the baby’s diaper before feeding it. When you do this the child will often become more alert and therefore feed better and if the child has been changed then you may not have to worry about the baby waking up right away to be changed. I have also found that using music sometimes helps come down a fussy child and makes the sleeping process easier. Some hospitals will give new mothers a CD to take home, this CD is of then classical music but you can choose any soothing music of your choice for your child to listen to.
Parenting is never easy and can sometimes be frustrating. I hear parents tell new parents, that they are doing things wrong and that they should do it their way. I never tell a parent how to do things but instead will suggest a new way that they might want to try. I never substitute anyone’s advise for the advice of my child’s pediatrician and if you are ever in a situation that you are not sure of then you should defiantly seek the advice of your child’s pediatrician.