How to Make Babies Sleep Well
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How to Make Babies Sleep Well

When will babies sleep through the night?

Infants will sleep through the night after the age of three months. Overnight sleep means the baby will sleep for at least six hours straight without waking up. Usually, a baby this age will wake up at least twice a night, either for food or because he or she is dirty diapers. As babies get older, the number of hours sleeping through the night may increase.

It should be noted that not all babies are alike, so it is different for babies to sleep through the night. Some babies average about five hours of continuous sleep while some babies can get up to eight hours. However, 80% of babies can sleep overnight, an average of about 11 hours, until they are nine months old.

How to train your child to sleep through the night?

Parents can train their children to sleep through the night from birth or when the baby is 1 month old.

Establish an appropriate sleep routine (Sleep Routine)

This ensures that the baby is ready for night sleep. Some activities that do well before bed include bathing, reading, singing, and listening to soft music. You set activity and duration exactly at the same time every day. However, do not last long even if your baby seems to enjoy it. It helps your baby set a predefined routine before going to bed.

Maintain an ideal sleep environment

By making the environment in your baby’s bedroom soothing and soothing.

  • Window blinds to make the room feel darker and also to sound from outside.
  • Turn on the dim night light.
  • Experts also recommend having a softer conversation with your baby before bed. That will help your baby feel stable during the night.

Put your baby to sleep when he is sleepy but still awake

Don’t wait for your baby to sleep in your arms before you put him to bed. This will help the newborn associate his night sleep with the crib, helping him sleep better.

Teach your child to sleep on his own to be gentle without tears – Methods 4S, 5S

Method 4S

4S applies to newborn babies by Tracy Hogg. Most talked about in the book “Baby Whisperer”. The best-selling parenting book on the planet! And here is a summary of the main idea of ​​this method:

S1: Create a sleep routine (sleep routine). A group of similar activities repeats before going to bed. Lasts 10-20 minutes.

S2: Swaddle. This is the signal for going to bed for babies.

S3: Sitting – Sitting quietly, carrying your baby in a dark room. Create a transition between sleep and wake time.

S4: Technical Shh/pat. With or without fake TV.

The 5S method helps babies reduce crying

5S is the foundation to help children sleep from the beginning, is the key to getting enough sleep and quality sleep in babies. This treatment treats the symptoms of irritability in the newborn. Help the child reassure from which to go to sleep.

Swaddling (Swaddling)

This “S” step just wraps the baby with a thin cloth with two hands inside, along the torso. The appropriate way to swaddle a baby is to allow the legs to move but limit limiting. Diapers are tight enough to prevent breathing.

Stomach or side position (Lie on your back or lean on one side)

After being swaddled, this is a sleeping position that helps your baby feel comfortable. Parents can gently stroke the baby’s back or sides. Never let your baby sleep on his stomach to prevent suffocation.

Shush (Silence a baby)

Turn on a loud sound when your baby cries, and fade away if you find your baby is calm. Some babies stop crying when they hear the sound of a hairdryer, the sound of running water… Or simply come close to their ears and sing a familiar tune until they sleep.

Swing (Swing)

The gentle pace of movement always works to make babies stop crying effectively, especially when combined with other “S” steps. To do this, hold your baby back and forth or carry him around in the room until he is relaxed or sleeping.

Suck (Suck, suck)

Giving your baby a pacifier or breastfeeding, sucking on a thumb, etc. will help him feel calmer. Sucking and sucking act as a gentle reflex for babies and encourages them to fall asleep.